Politico: Kamala Harris is ‘paranoid’ because she doesn’t trust Bluetooth

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Everyone sees what’s happening. It’s not a secret, nor is the campaign in any way covert. There’s a campaign to otherize, delegitimize and discredit Kamala Harris. They want to make her sound like she’s out of touch for buying nice cookware. They want to make her sound like she’s anal retentive because she takes her position seriously and she’s prepared for meetings. They want to make her sound like she’s a monster boss (where have we heard that before). One of the latest “issues” making people “mad” is that the Vice President doesn’t use Bluetooth.

Kamala Harris is never missing her AirPods. That’s because she’s wary of them. While a growing number of consumers are going wireless, the vice president is sticking with the classics. She has long felt that Bluetooth headphones are a security risk. As a result, Harris insists on using wired headphones, three former campaign aides told West Wing Playbook.

That caution has continued since the election. In the oft meme-d video of Harris calling JOE BIDEN last November to congratulate him on winning the election (“We did it, Joe!”), she can be seen holding the tangle of wires from her headphones. In television interviews with MSNBC’s JOY REID last December and the co-hosts of ABC’s The VIEW in September, Harris is jacked in with wired headphones, as well. After casting the tie-breaking Senate vote on the American Rescue Plan in March, reporters captured Harris with wired headphones in hand. And during the campaign, she filmed campaign videos with the retro coils falling from her ears.

Second gentleman DOUG EMHOFF, by contrast, has not had such anxieties. He sported AirPods in 2019 and has since upgraded them.

While wired headphones have re-emerged as a hip vintage accessory among Gen Z, Harris’ embrace of them is less about fashion than caution. Former aides say that the vice president has long been careful about security and technology — with some describing it as prudent and others suggesting it’s a bit paranoid.

It’s a recurring theme. An aide on her 2016 Senate bid said Harris often preferred texting to email for security reasons. And another former aide when she was attorney general in California said that when a person arrived for a meeting, staff were instructed not to allow them to wait in Harris’ office alone. Instead, the person was asked to wait outside.

[From Politico]

I can’t believe Politico actually used the word “paranoid.” Yes, the Vice President of the United States is “paranoid” because she takes her constitutional office seriously, because she’s discreet, because she doesn’t want her emails hacked, because she has a healthy distrust of Bluetooth technology. Part me is happy that this is all they’ve got on her. Like, it’s just clear nitpicking and biased, sexist reporting – if this was a man, I’m sure they would not have used the word “paranoid,” nor would the detail about not allowing strangers into her office be noted, full-stop. It’s especially disgusting because the last administration live-tweeted their incitement of an insurrection from their unsecure cell phones!! Jesus.

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  1. cer says:

    Politico is trash.

    • MsIam says:

      It really is. I mean was this an actual article? Sheesh, what passes for journalism nowadays.

      • Emmy Rae says:

        and this guy is writing a book on the Biden presidency, due out in 2024. great.

      • BeanieBean says:

        This guy is lucky he’s getting a paycheck for writing such drivel, as is everyone above him who OKd this nonsense.

    • Anne Call says:

      It’s a dumpster fire looking for clicks. I swear every journalist in DC misses trump and his never ending chaos. They’d take him back in a hot minute.

      • Snuffles says:

        You’re right and it’s INFURIATING! His chaos was highly profitable for them. Never mind that he was slowly destroying democracy, he was good for business!

        The sad state of journalism today is that they will always put profit before journalistic integrity. VP being good at her job and getting along with the President isn’t bringing them the clicks that they want.

      • jb says:

        Let me tell you about a recent media party (I’m in the biz) where in fact “Trump was so good for ratings/clicks” was the main topic of conversation all night.

        I’m not on the politics beat, but was sneered at more than a few times for arguing that such a mentality is perverse and leads to the death of democracy. “No, thats Facebook, babe.” Vile. Unconscionable. Outrageous. I was fuming, to say the least.

    • Mac says:

      Politico is nuclear waster.

    • Wendy says:

      There’s a reason it gets referred to as Tiger Beat on the Potomac.

  2. Leigh_S says:

    Every transmission/reception point is a security risk whether its a network, wifi, bluetooth, or chip card! She’s completely correct regarding it being a risk, and text has long been more secure than email.

    SHE’S NOT WRONG, you luddite Politico hacks!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      They’re not luddites. They love tech and ways to advance their sources and lifestyles.

      They’re just struggling and reaching for anything to attack for clicks.

    • Christine says:

      Agreed, Leigh_S. Every time my bluetooth cuts out on a trashy romance and pipes in a phone conversation from somewhere else, I laugh. I hope they aren’t getting my choice of smut instead of their phone call!

  3. Pinkosaurus says:

    Politico sounds like an old man yelling at clouds. They are accusing her of paranoia for taking basic, widely practiced data security practices for sensitive data. None of this is unusual and it shows she’s not reckless and paid attention during her security briefings.

    • MsIam says:

      They are probably mad that this makes it harder to hack into her communications and write about it. Kamala is a former prosecutor, she knows what’s up.

    • BeanieBean says:

      She’s just smart, not paranoid.

    • The Recluse says:

      Never mind that drumpf used an unsecured phone the entire time he was in office, permitting anyone to hack and listen in to him.
      Harris is being smart and sensible.

  4. SnarcasmQueen says:

    Bluetooth is fairly safe but it’s absolutely not secure. There is nothing wrong or paranoid about ensuring that your vice presidential devices do to accidentally connect to an unsecured device or be concerned about the connection being hacked

    • equality says:

      Government employees are actually instructed to use only a landline for certain communications and not cell phones.

    • MsIam says:

      Isn’t that why they told Joe he couldn’t use his Peloton? Because it wasn’t secure? Did anybody mock him and call him paranoid?

    • Tanya says:

      It’s not just the connection; Bluetooth can be used to hack the device itself. That’s why it’s banned in certain situations.

  5. Emma says:

    My gosh, she’s being TOO careful, TOO secure with our national interests?! This is so ridiculous.

  6. Indica says:

    In summary: You are paranoid because you made it so we can’t listen in on you, how DARE you!

  7. girl_ninja says:

    Listen. I am a regular office worker in the United States of America and I’M paranoid. I still use the wired buds for my iPhone 7Plus and I will continue to do so until this baby dies.

    This country and world at large HATE women, but this country is worse and it’s media assisted in the election of the last administration costing our future generation so much. More power to V.P. Harris. I will continue to give money and make calls and do what I can within my power to support this administration and progression of my community.

  8. Sunday says:

    The media at large is Meghan Markle-ing Kamala Harris and it’s infuriating to watch.

  9. Rachel De Young says:

    OH FFS. I work in IT and it is well know that wired headsets, especially, USB headset work better.

  10. LarkspurLM says:

    Politico = GFY

    Kamala = I support the wires! I too do not like the idea of putting bluetooth pods in my head…

  11. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I turn off my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when going into town. If I’m out of my house or my car it goes off. Sometimes, airplane mode.
    It does get hacked. People can have their phones breached and never know.
    I’m glad Harris takes her role and the advice of her security team so thoughtfully.

  12. Nicole says:

    The woman was on the Senate Intel Cmte and I remember that the previous administration’s White House was such a security risk that Israel was being spied on by use of cellphone surveillance. Maybe Politico doesn’t remember reporting on it. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/12/israel-white-house-spying-devices-1491351

  13. Stephanie says:

    I don’t think this would even be a story for a man – I’m thrilled to see such a strong push both from security experts explaining how she’s right as well as broadly from the admin mocking this “scoop.”

  14. EviesMom says:

    The last remark about not letting someone wait in your office alone … umm YES… shouldn’t everyone NOT allow a Rando to be in your office alone?! Every single espionage TV show & movie has a scene of someone rambling around someone’s office searching for stuff.

    What is happening here? It’s like a huge gaslighting operation through the mass media.

  15. Lightpurple says:

    Oh, how we long for the days when Nagini would pose for photo ops with files marked: “CONFIDENTIAL- NATIONAL SECURITY” spread across the furniture around her and her guests or send government emails using her private email account from the server she and Jared kept at home where their foreign nannies had full access. Also, Jared communicating with Prince Mohammad Bin Salmen on What’s App.

  16. Ann says:

    I hate that rag and I hate The Daily Beast too. Those reporters hang around together, or at least they’re colleagues and I swear I think they are writing things for each other more than anything else. It’s a prestige and profit chase, nothing more.

  17. CV says:

    Politico is straight trash and they are thankfully getting uber flamed for this steaming pile of dogsh*t “journalism”

  18. Ocean Eyes says:

    Kamala is going to get the Meghan Markle treatment from the media.

  19. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh no’s, WIRED HEADPHONES?? Off with her black Jewish head!! *clearly, this is SNARK pointing out the racist anti semitic BS politico is trying to push

  20. kelsey says:

    Politico has always been trash but they’ve gotten even worse since they were bought out by the Axel Springer company (a right wing media company based in Germany).

    The media loathes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and are doing everything humanly possible to destroy them and the Democrats before the midterms and 2024. They turned a blind eye to Trump’s crimes and his ugly children’s blood deals with the Saudi government and pimping the Trump business everywhere. But god forbid Kamala Harris have legit security reasons to not want Bluetooth or have random strangers alone in her office.

  21. Just A Thought says:

    There is nothing wrong with not using bluetooth and not wanting people in your office if you are not there. I wonder if these negative stories are coming from a source(s) in the White House, because they are seeking to make her resigned as Vice President?

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m a federal employee & have to take security training every year; part of that training entails securing your data for when you leave your office. You’d never, ever, want someone alone in your office when you’re not there. Lock the cabinets, lock your computer, take your phone with you, lock your door.

  22. Alarmjaguar says:

    This is such a ridiculous non-story! I need all the angry gifs! Also, as someone who has small earholes (?) that headphones fall out of all the time, I have no desire to have bluetooths as I would lose them immediately. #TeamWire

  23. Louisa says:

    So Hillary was too lax about security (BUT HER E-MAILS!!) and Kamala is too careful. Somehow I don’t think it’s about security.