Kamala Harris says Putin faces ‘extreme prices’ throughout Savannah Guthrie interview

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Today host Savannah Guthrie went head-to-head in a live interview that aired Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Guthrie quizzed Harris on hot topics such as the upcoming midterm elections and possible Russian aggression against Ukraine to the very day the latter was sworn in as the first woman and first woman of color to hold the office of Vice President of the United States.

Guthrie urged the VP to particularly clarify Biden’s comments on Russia the night before. While the president has threatened “unprecedented” sanctions if Russia moves against Ukraine, he has also drawn some criticism for appearing to downplay a possible “minor” Russian invasion.

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When Harris said that Biden’s statements were “clear,” Guthrie broke in, “I’m so sorry to interrupt, but it’s less than ‘clear’ because 30 minutes into the press conference, the White House press secretary requested the comments of the President to actually clarify.”

Harris replied, “Savannah, I’m clear with you now, and if you’re interested, I’ll continue to be clear.”

When asked about Putin again, Harris replied, “I will repeat myself, and I am the Vice President of the United States, and the President and I work closely together … if Vladimir Putin and Russia act aggressively, that will be answered with a cost that.” are serious.”

At another point in the interview, Guthrie jumped in again while Harris was answering a question about whether Biden is concerned about the integrity of the upcoming Midterms. “If I may end that,” Harris replied this time. “Let’s not get sidetracked from political gaming when the real issue is whether Americans with a disability have the ability to vote by absentee ballot, whether a single parent with three kids in the back seat has the ability to vote by using a ballot.” into the dropbox instead of having to stand in line for hours with these three kids. Those are the issues that are at stake.”

We know Harris isn’t something to talk about. She went viral with Mike Pence during the 2020 vice presidential debate for speaking up when the sitting vice president repeatedly interrupted her. (According to the CBS News tally, Pence interrupted Harris 10 times, which was double the five times Harris interrupted him.) Her own interjection: “Mr. Vice President, I speak,” went viral.

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In fact, several studies that have looked at the differences in language patterns between the sexes since the 1970s have found that women are more likely to be interrupted — even by other women. In fact, a 2014 study from George Washington University found that while the overall interruption gap between men and women narrowed and both sexes intervened at similar rates when it wasn’t their turn, women were still talked about more. And while the women in the study only interrupted men once during a three-minute conversation on average, they actually interrupted other women 2.8 times.

Guthrie’s heckling rubbed many viewers the wrong way on Thursday, leading to her name trending on Twitter TWTR, +2.61% for the day. “What’s wrong with [Savannah] gutrie? She continued to interrupt the TP in the middle of the sentence. I twitched it was so disrespectful,” one viewer commented on a clip of the Today show shared on Twitter.

“It happens far [too] frequently with Savannah. Having a hard nose in a five minute interview doesn’t work,” added another.

However, others praised her for being a journalist who is not afraid to stand up to a politician who appears to be sticking to PR-friendly talking points.

“If you were listening, she was trying to get our vice president to answer the questions she was asking,” one tweeted.

“No, Savannah didn’t interrupt just to interrupt,” wrote another. “She paused to try and get an answer in an actual question rather than a memorized PR answer. Well done.”

And, to be sure, Guthrie was also accused of showing disrespect to then-President Donald Trump during a 2020 town hall when she berated the commander in chief for retweeting conspiracy theories like he was “someone’s crazy uncle.” Bill O’Reilly said at the time the Q&A was “a setup”, and Rudy Giuliani called Guthrie “hostile, argumentative and contradictory”. So she’s an equal opportunity interrupter.

But even then, Guthrie supporters like Bette Midler praised the journalist for being hard on Trump.

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