(The Post Millennial) – In response to bad press Vice President Kamala Harris has received in her first six months since taking office, a group of influential women in the Democratic Party held a dinner in Washington, DC, to figure out how to defend Harris and her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy.
According to Axios, Democratic public affairs expert and former adviser to both Clintons, Kiki McLean hosted the dinner.
Among those who attended were two former DNC officials, Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry, Harris confidant Minyon Moore, former Hillary Clinton spokeswomen and Democratic strategists Adrienne Elrod and Karen Finney; Biden adviser and leader of his outside group, Stephanie Cutter, and former Obama White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
No one from the vice president’s office attended the dinner.
The guests reportedly spent dinner discussing how to fight back against negative perceptions of Harris and boost her overall media footing nationwide.
In a recent poll, it was revealed that Harris is the most unpopular Vice President is 50 years, with her approval dipping as she allegedly avoided the southern border and had refused to talk about it in early June.
“The point of it was how can this group be supportive from the outside,” one person familiar with the dinner said.
“It was less about how do you sort out the infrastructure [of Harris’ operation], and it was more how can this group contribute to make sure that not only is her team making the most of this moment — as the first woman of color in the White House — but how can we help from the outside?”
Some attendees reportedly said that much of the coverage surrounding Harris contains “sexist overtones.” According to one source, guests discussed how they could “make sure the press knows this.”
“Many of us lived through the Clinton campaign, and want to help curb some of the gendered dynamics in press coverage that impacted HRC,” a source said.
“It was like: ‘We’ve seen this before.’ It’s subtle. But when things aren’t going well for a male politician, we ask very different questions, and they’re not held to account the way a woman leader is.”