Will Kamala Harris become US President after Joe Biden’s Afghanistan episode
The Afghan crisis of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, and a hasty decision of President Joe Biden to withdraw the US military troops from Afghanistan before the Aug 31 (deadline agreed by both US and Taliban) have put Joe Biden under pressure. Allies and non-allies of the US both have lamented the decision publicly of a hasty withdrawal. Not just around the world but President Joe Biden has been criticized even by his voters and the public of the US for taking a decision that caused some serious crisis in Afghanistan.
There are rumors of Kamala Harris (vice President of the US) taking over as the President of the US as the popularity of Joe Biden decreases after Afghanistan’s predicament.
As US President Joe Biden’s support ratings plummet amid the Afghanistan crisis, many Americans believe Vice President Kamala Harris may be chosen to succeed him.
What does the latest survey say?
The majority of the surveys show that most of the Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan, still few people support Kamala Harris in preference of Joe Biden for the seat of Presidency.
As per the recent Rasmussen Reports poll, though the ratings for President Joe Biden have fallen significantly still, 43 percent of people feel Kamala Harris is qualified to be President of the United States, while 55 percent do not. Of those, 47% of likely voters believe she is “not at all qualified.”
Harris received 55% of the vote for not being qualified to be president, with 47% saying she is “not at all qualified.”
The public polling survey, released on Monday, indicated that only 46% of respondents in the United States support Biden’s performance in office, the lowest figure ever recorded in weekly polls dating back to January, when Biden began office.
Under what conditions Kamala Harris could replace Joe Biden as the President of the US
There has been a lot of debate in recent weeks about whether Vice President Kamala Harris could overtake Joe Biden as President, following his foreign policy decisions being questioned.
However, the US Constitution allows for three limited circumstances in which the President may be replaced by the Vice President.
“If the President is removed from office, or if he dies or resigns, the Vice President shall become President,” says Section One of the 25th Amendment. This means that if Vice President Joe Biden is impeached, Ms. Harris could take over as President under the Constitution.
Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868, Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998, and Donald Trump was impeached in both 2019 and 2021.
Even though all three presidents were impeached by Congress, the Senate acquitted them and they stayed in office.
Ms. Harris would be sworn in as President if Mr. Biden died or resigned while in office.
Richard Nixon, who was facing impeachment and expulsion from office when he resigned in 1974, is the first president to ever do so.
Some of the US presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and, most recently, John F. Kennedy, have died while in office.
The reason behind the dropped popularity of President Joe Biden
Biden’s credibility plummeted after the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, wiping out two decades of US military presence that cost taxpayers almost $1 trillion and thousands of lives. Seizing the US military left weapons and the modern technology aircraft which were of billion dollars cost.
While the majority of Republican and Democratic voters, though, believe the upheaval is a sign that the US should exit.
In a separate Ipsos poll published on Monday, fewer than half of Americans approved of Biden’s handling of the US military and diplomatic operation in Afghanistan this year.
The president, who only a few weeks ago complimented Afghan soldiers as “as well-equipped as any in the world,” was rated worse than the other three presidents who ruled over the country’s longest conflict.
Why did Kamala Harris’s popularity start to decline?
The survey of Rasmussen Reports was conducted between August 12 and 15, during a period when events in Afghanistan were fast-evolving, and many people blamed the US pullout for the worsening of the predicament in the Asian country.
The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, which was set for September 15 this year, was then hastened by the and final troops leaving Afghanistan on August 15, the day Kabul felled under the control of the Taliban.
Other factors contributing to Harris’ low ranking include her snide remarks on the migrant flow when she visited Mexico and Guatemala. This argument is backed up by the fact that her popularity began to decline in June, the month of her visit, as well as extensive criticism of her speech.
On the one hand, Harris receives support from women, African Americans, and Indian Americans because she is the first woman, first African American, and first Indian American vice president; on the other hand, the same populations are equally critical of her failings.
Many questioned her efforts for her mother’s homeland of India as the country grappled with the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite being more popular than her predecessor, Harris has been targeted a lot of online being trolled, with both sexual and racist trolls targeting her since she took office.
Harris is on her second foreign trip now that Afghanistan is under Taliban rule and the US, like most countries, is seeking to get people out. She began her official visit on August 22nd and is scheduled to meet with senior authorities in both Singapore and Vietnam. Her visit is expected to enhance the United States’ position in Asia amid tensions with China and the Afghan situation.
Is there any possibility of Kamala Harris taking the presidency?
The above arguments and the polls conducted publicly suggests that the rumors of Ms. Kamala Harris replacing Joe Biden don’t seem to happen for now.
With no doubt, President Joe Biden is being criticized by his allies and his countrymen but his position stays strong as the President in preference of Kamala Harris (the VC of US).
The majority of the public does not see Ms. Kamala fit for the Presidency yet.