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Reagan’s Ex-Speechwriter Criticizes Kamala For Dancing To Mary J. Blige During Rally

Reagan’s Ex-Speechwriter Criticizes Kamala For Dancing To Mary J. Blige During Rally

Kamala Dancing To Mary J. Blige During Rally
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The criticism is centered around a recent campaign rally Kamala Harris appeared at in Florida.

A Conservative columnist has actually devoted a part of her recent op-ed to Kamala Harris dancing at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida, and has received backlash for the op-ed in the process.

Peggy Noonan, a columnist — as well as the former special assistant and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan — called Harris’ lighthearted dancing at the rally “embarrassing” in a piece she wrote for the Wall Street Journal.

“For her part, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is, when on the trail, giddy. She’s dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with ‘Wassup, Florida!’ She’s throwing her head back and laughing a loud laugh, especially when nobody said anything funny,” Noonan wrote.

“She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous. When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Mary J. Blige’s ‘Work That,’ it was embarrassing,” she also wrote.

Following the release of the op-ed, Noonan has since faced criticism of her own. MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace referred to Noonan’s remarks as “tone-deaf” and “bitchy” during a recent segment.

“It causes me physical pain to read that from Peggy. She’s one of the people for whom I saw what was possible for myself in a career in politics as a communicator. And she’s someone I don’t just admire — I revere her words. Some of the speeches she’s written, I’ve devoted to memory,” Wallace said. “So to hear her take out her very skilled cudgel and smash it against a woman who’s broken the kinds of barriers that every one of us has faced — Peggy, too — is searing for me.”

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“When you’re a white woman and Republican, there’s just certain stuff culturally that you don’t know jack bleep about…This, to me, felt tone-deaf and nasty and it felt personal and it felt bitchy,” she said elsewhere.

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