Kamala Harris asked for & will receive a plexiglass barrier at the VP debate

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Hey, is Mother’s Husband (Mike Pence) still in charge of the Coronavirus Taskforce? I think he still is officially the head of the task force, although they haven’t done anything in months beyond intimidate and contradict the CDC. The task force also did nothing as the White House hosted a mask-free superspreader event in late September. So it’s particularly funny (to me) that Pence’s office is throwing a hissy fit about a pretty reasonable request from Kamala Harris for the VP debate, which will be happening tomorrow evening.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has approved plans for plexiglass to be used in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate amid mounting concerns about coronavirus transmission, according to two people familiar with the discussions. Plexiglass is expected to be used as a barrier between Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as between the two candidates and moderator Susan Page. The plans have the support of the Cleveland Clinic, which is helping to set health protocols for the forums amid the pandemic.

The Pence and Harris teams have been negotiating the terms of the debate in recent days. Following Friday’s news that President Donald Trump had contracted Covid-19, the debate commission decided to move the two candidates seats from seven feet to 13 feet apart. But the two camps were split over whether to erect a plexiglass barrier, according to people familiar with the talks. Harris’ campaign supported it, Pence’s opposed it.

“If Sen. Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it,” said Katie Miller, a Pence spokeswoman.

A Harris spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It isn’t the first time plexiglass has been used in a debate in recent days: During a weekend debate between Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, Harrison put a plexiglass barrier between himself and the incumbent. Some Democrats have expressed fear that Trump may have been contagious during his debate with former vice president Joe Biden last week, though the Democratic candidate has since tested negative.

[From Politico]

It’s amazing and horrible to me that the Trump-Pence line is that “taking reasonable precautions in the middle of a pandemic” is “weak” or “unpresidential.” Especially given the fact that Donald Trump is currently gasping for air and wheezing through his morning rage-tweets in his medical baby bunker. Trump wanted to paint Joe Biden as un-masculine for… you know, wearing a mask. Now Mother’s Husband wants to paint Kamala as weak for wanting a “fortress” of plexiglass. Please. Assume all Republicans have the virus and act accordingly.

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  1. SJ Knows says:

    Good for her! At last, common sense and follows science.
    Plus, I’d put up every barrier possible between any Trumper and myself.
    Looking forward to her using her intelligence to run rings around Mothers hubby.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I mean, who would have thought that Pence would be the one arguing to be in closer proximity, and no barrier, between him and a woman who isn’t Mother?!?!?

    • Sierra says:

      Boom 🙌🏽

    • Esmom says:

      Ha. Yet another contradiction in what might just be performative piety. I mean when people are this dishonest about so much, how can we believe anything about them?

      I hope people are good and pissed at his and his party’s cavalier attitude towards the pandemic.

    • Laura says:

      Pence is gross and creepy. Not wanting to use a protective barrier…. hmmm

  3. tempest prognosticator says:

    Stay safe and strong, Kamala. We need you. Desperately.

  4. Angela says:

    The fact that pence made fun of her for wanting it shows me he’s just as complicit

    Put her in a vice president hope mobile not a car the stage version this whole administration is irresponsible with the health of the American people don’t f*** with my VP

    • Mac says:

      The tweet came from Katie Miller, Stephen Miller’s wife. You may recall she had coronavirus earlier this year. These people are truly deplorable.

      • holly hobby says:

        And she is pregnant with the demon seed. So I guess Katie is willing to be the human sacrifice in this farce.

  5. Esmom says:

    “Assume all Republicans have the virus and act accordingly.”

    This. Right here. And as you said the fact that Pence is the head of the task force is something Harris should not let him or the American people ever forget.

    And amazingly, their inept and irresponsible response to this pandemic has not gotten any better, it seems to have gotten worse as it seems Trump hasn’t been tested regularly, the WH isn’t doing any contact tracing, they let Trump go out and say people just need to be unafraid of the virus to avoid succumbing to it. WTAF?

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Stand your ground, Kamala. You’re not alone.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    Good for her, it’s smart and necessary. I find it highly unlikely that Pence has not been exposed, and considering the shenanigans pulled with the testing and masks at the first debate, the Republicans simply cannot be trusted. She has the right to protect herself as best as possible.

  8. Sunday says:

    I mean, it’s better than nothing and I’m glad she’s at least getting a barrier, but that’s not how air circulation works. Hope she also has an air purifier with a hepa filter (or twenty) and that they’re ventilating the building to the extreme as long as his team is on site.

    • Chanteloup says:

      Yes! It’s not enough protection! – There is no reason Sen Harris should be in the same room as the seething mass of infection, stupidity and arrogance known as pence

    • Emma33 says:

      Excellent point – I was listening to an interview with a doctor yesterday saying that physical distancing in an enclosed space doesn’t have much impact, because of the way that air circulates in the space. She has a smart team though, so hopefully they are onto that.

    • schmootc says:

      Yes! I mean, it helps if the person actively spits in your direction, I guess? But it seems more like a security blanket than anything.

  9. Merricat says:

    She is going to wipe the floor with Pence. Lol.

  10. Vava says:

    Go Kamala!!!

  11. Noodle says:

    They have the barriers in every store we frequent, as well as at my youngest child’s school. Why wouldn’t we have them for the Vice President candidates at the debate??

  12. bluemoonhorse says:

    I’ve been posting on her Facebook feed to demand plexiglass so I’m very happy to see this happening. I hope the venue is also looking at proper ventilation.

    She is going to annihilate him. If they think she will try to be polite like HRC HAHAHA. He is going to be destroyed by an expert.

  13. Sarah says:

    I’ll take a fortress to protect me from an invisible and air borne virus that can kill me or cause long-term severe effects. Yes please. Sounds smart.

  14. GR says:

    Pence is desperate – he knows Kamala is going to destroy him in the debate.

    • bluemoonhorse says:

      Which with concern over Trump’s health will make the Biden/Harris ticket even more desirable. ROFLMAO.

  15. Adorable says:

    As far as the debate goes,I’m a huge Kamala Fan but I think this will be a pretty even debate.After having seen Pence past debates,I can say he’s a pretty strong debater with a Monotone voice,stoic/icy. & unmovable disposition.I fear kamala won’t be able to bring her Prosecutorial chops,cause it’ll be seen as mean & aggressive by some due to the fact that’s shes 1)A Woman ….2)A Woman of color….sigh🙄..

    • Kate says:

      Honestly if both of them can just talk about their policy like normal politicians and stay somewhat on-topic I don’t care if she doesn’t come out of it with a smoking gun. I doubt even with a stoic and calm demeanor Pence will answer most questions straight because their campaign is run solely on stoking fear and attacks on the left. Other than “law and order” (which in itself is not a clear policy) I seriously do not know specifically what the Trump/Pence campaign stands for and supports. I mean we all infer through their actions what they stand for and support but they won’t come out and state clear goals ever because then they could be held accountable for their progress or failures.

    • Merricat says:

      You don’t win debates by being “stoic and icy,” you win by using proof to demonstrate the rightness of your position. The fact is, she is quick on her feet, she knows what qualifies as proof, and she knows what she’s talking about. My money is on her.

  16. molly says:

    There’s no way I’d do it, if I were her. Kamala and Pence aren’t the only ones involved in this. Keep them as far away from each other all you want, but Pence rolls just about as deep as Trump when it comes to security, handlers, etc. They go everywhere he goes, including to all these germy events. And you know they wouldn’t tell us if they got it. All it takes is one of Pence’s people to get too close to Kamala’s people, and everyone is infected.

  17. Rapunzel says:

    Why do these debates need to be in person? Why? It’s so dumb. Stay safe Kamala and Joe!

  18. ChloeCat says:

    That was a nasty thing for that witch Katie Miller to say, “if she wants a fortress around her.” I hope Kamala wipes the floor with that pussy Pence.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Katie’s ugly ass devil’s toe looking husband just tested positive for covid. Given how cavalier all of these fools have been, she should probably shut up and focus on the safety of the spawn she’s carrying.

  19. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Who else is ready to see our future Vice President send pence running to hide under mother’s skirt???? 🙋
    Think Brett Kavanaugh is having flashbacks????? and whimpering? 😏

  20. kerwood says:

    If I were Kamala, I’d put a a spray bottle of Lysol in my pocket and spray Pence if he even looked at me too long.

  21. MerryGirl says:

    Go get him Kamala!

  22. schmootc says:

    Now word is that Pence is back to saying no to the barrier. JHC! I hope Kamala sticks to her guns.

  23. Mignionette says:

    So now Pence is refusing the Plexi Glass….. isn’t this guy the head of the COVID response team ?

  24. Cynthia H. Fraase says:

    If anyone is erecting a fortress it’s Trump putting one up around the White House! Biden and Harris should bring that up.