Kamala Harris Accused of Faking a French Accent During Paris Visit

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as she visits the Pasteur Institute (Institut Pasteur), in Paris on November 9, 2021. - US Vice President Kamala Harris touched down in Paris on November 9, 2021, on a mission to further mend relations with France after a crisis sparked by a cancelled …
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Vice President Kamala Harris was accused of faking a French accent during her visit Tuesday to the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

During her remarks to the press, Harris spoke about the differences between science and politics, and how she wished politics could be more like science with the concept of trial and error existing alongside proving hypotheses.

“Scientists operate with a hypothesis. I love that,” she said after visiting with scientists of the facility. “A hypothesis.”

After a French reporter asked her a question about her visit, Harris replied with an odd accent and exaggerated hand movements.

“With us in government, we campaign with ‘The Plan,'” she said. “Uppercase T, Uppercase P. ‘The Plan.'”

Harris’ pronunciation of “The Plan” was unique, prompting accusations on social media she was trying to fake a French accent.

“The environment is such that we’re expected to defend ‘The Plan,’ even though when the first time we roll it out there might be some glitches and it’s time to evaluate and do it again,” she said.

When asked by American reporters if she was referring to the Biden administration’s Build Back Better legislation, she demurred.

“It’s just a general statement,” she replied. “I’ve been saying it for years.”

Harris also compared politics to cooking.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as she visits the Pasteur Institute (Institut Pasteur), in Paris on November 9, 2021. ( GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris prior to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on November 10, 2021.(LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

“The first time you try a recipe, the first time you try a recipe. It’s usually not perfect, and then you reevaluate, oh that was too much salt, not enough whatever, and then you make it next time and it’s better,” she said. “This is the nature of innovation. The nature of doing things a new way.”

She expressed a desire for people to be more forgiving when judging politicians.

“Let’s encourage innovative thought. Let’s encourage being better,” she said. “But let’s also understand that it’s part of the nature of a process that encourages breaking out of the status quo to be better that there will be glitches, that there will be mistakes.”

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