Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, drew criticism on Wednesday for how he described his wife to an audience in Austin, Texas.
Emhoff was asked to describe Harris by her former spokeswoman and senior advisor Symone Sanders-Townsend during his featured session at the Austin Convention Center during the annual South by Southwest Festival.
“What do you think is the most surprising thing about Vice President Harris that people out there don’t know?” she asked Emhoff.
The second gentleman did not lavish Harris with compliments, nor did he share a memorable story about her or their relationship.
He claimed she is “exceptionally normal.”
"What do you think is the most surprising thing about VP Harris that people out there don't know?"
Doug Emhoff: "She's exceedingly normal" pic.twitter.com/9avVyCIwpt
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 15, 2023
Emhoff said, “She’s like, normal. She’s exceedingly normal.”
Harris’s husband stated that she enjoys cooking, having “fun,” and listening to music. “She’s a fantastic wife,” he said.
The RNC Research video of the moment went viral on Twitter, and the reactions to Emhoff’s description of his wife as “exceedingly normal” were plentiful — even if the comment was meant as a compliment.
Boys, a free piece of advice: never refer to your wife as "exceedingly normal". https://t.co/ZWLq66atYL
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) March 15, 2023
Oh, I think we've gotten that part.
— Andrea E (@AAC0519) March 15, 2023
oh hahahahha thats VERY telling
— Sarah Bellum (@tamsully12) March 15, 2023
Normal or not, when someone has to defend another (in public) that they are normal…..Red Flag.
— Deolier (@Deolier1) March 15, 2023
Did he mean below average?
— Fallon ?? (@Fallon68814273) March 15, 2023
“This stuff is better than SNL,” one Twitter user wrote.
This stuff is better than SNL
— thomas pilkington (@tjpjr62) March 15, 2023
Harris is dogged by constant allegations that she is exceedingly normal, rather than overly talented, and possesses the instincts required to step in and act as president if necessary.
The presidency is a job for those who are exceptional in every way.
The country has seen firsthand what happens when an ordinary person is given the keys to the Oval Office.