Harris’ interview on PBS’ “News Hour” focused on the anniversary of the Capitol riot. Judy Woodruff, the anchor, also asked the vice president about President Biden’s stalled agenda.
Harris identified what she sees as a success since Biden first took office, including the creation of six million new jobs in 2020 and the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that was signed into law back in November.
She expressed frustration with the virus as it entered its second year and said she fully appreciates that there is a level of “malaise” in the country but said the country needs to be ready to meet the challenges.
The Republican National Committee seized on Harris’ comment and retweeted the video clip. The Biden administration has faced new criticism about testing shortages and detractors have pointed to his 2020 vow to “shut down the virus.”
Former President Jimmy Carter is often tied to his 1979 “malaise” speech he delivered while the country was facing an energy crisis, high inflation and a lagging economy.