AIPAC Operative Bakari Sellers Criticizes Biden: The Portfolio He Gave VP Kamala Harris Is Trash

AIPAC Operative Bakari Sellers Criticizes Biden: The Portfolio He Gave VP Kamala Harris Is Trash


Bakari Sellers, former Democratic nominee for South Carolina lieutenant governor, speaks at a drive-in campaign rally for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison, Nov. 2, 2020, in Orangeburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard) President Joe Biden talks with the audience at a town hall event at Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Vice President Kamala Harris, the highest-ranking Black woman in political office, is next in line to the presidency should President Joe Biden be unable to do his duties.

Harris’ primary duties as vice president are to cast a tie-breaking vote when the Senate is deadlocked, preside over and certify the official vote count of the U.S. Electoral College and preside over most impeachment trials of federal officers.

She must also carry out tasks assigned to her by her boss, Biden. These tasks are most often referred to as her portfolio. Right now, her portfolio consists of being the administration’s point person on voting rights, covid-19 vaccinations, workers’ rights, the digital divide, and the National Space Council, Christian Science Monitor reported.

She is also the point person on immigration. 

Some observers say Harris has been loaded down with insurmountable problems and tasks that are impossible to achieve. One of those observers is CNN analyst Bakari Sellers, who recently told the Grio’s April Ryan that he believes Harris’ portfolio of policy issues is “trash.” Sellers questioned whether President Biden has given Harris the tools she needs to succeed. 

“Her portfolio is trash. Her portfolio is just… you give someone a portfolio that’s not meant for them to succeed,” Sellers said, calling out Biden while speaking as part of a panel for Politics & Prose moderated by Ryan. 

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Sellers is the author of “My Vanishing Country,” a memoir about the lives of forgotten Black working-class men and women in the U.S. In 2006, Sellers made history when, at age 22, the Democrat defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the U.S.

Sellers has been called out himself in the past for his strong ties to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or (AIPAC), a lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies to Congress and the executive branch. 

An attorney, political commentator, and former politician, Sellers was recruited by the AIPAC while he was student government president at Morehouse College, an HBCU. He has remained an AIPAC supporter and player throughout his career and is one of many Black politicians who has traveled to Israel on a trip sponsored by AIPAC. 

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Being associated with AIPAC has helped his political career, Sellers has said.

“The way I’m able to communicate, the exposure, the people that I’ve met – a lot of people I’ve met at the AIPAC policy conference became a huge part of my fundraising base,” Sellers said at an AIPAC event.

Sellers, who is also an attorney with Strom Law Firm and heads the firm’s Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team, has worked for Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. He also served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election.

As of 2016, Sellers served on the national council of AIPAC and in 2018 he spoke at a national AIPAC conference.