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Another Staffer Bails From Kamala Harris’ Office Amid Reports of Toxic Environment

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Amid swirling reports of a toxic culture where staffers are living in constant fear of “backstabbing,” another high-profile official who works for Vice President Kamala Harris is leaving.

A White House official told CNN that Sabrina Singh, Harris’ deputy press secretary, is calling it quits.

Her leaving marks the “latest high-profile departure from the vice president’s office, which suffered a turbulent first year due to missteps and messaging failures,” noted the network, adding: “She will join the Department of Defense.”

“Ernesto Apreza, Harris’ senior adviser for public engagement, will become deputy press secretary and is expected to focus on engaging local and state press, as well as specific key coalition groups. Apreza previously served on the Biden-Harris campaign, as well as on the then-mayor of Seattle’s staff,” the report continued.

Since taking office, reports have flurried that Harris’ office has been a chaotic environment without any unified mission or cohesion of any kind.

Over the weekend, a staffer who works for Harris took to Twitter to try and claim that he loves his job.

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He also included an off photo of himself sitting at his desk.

“Hi. My name is David Gins. I work for Vice President Harris on behalf of the American people as Deputy Director for Operations and absolutely love my job. Just thought some of you should know,” he tweeted.

According to The Hill, leaks have swirled that indicated Harris’ office was ripe for a purge of unhappy staffers, with some staffers saying, “no one seems happy” and that due to “too much dissatisfaction … they had to turn over the office.”

“There was no real flow chart. I think there was a constant fear of backstabbing,” one person told the Hill about the communication department.

“Its obvious things aren’t in a great place, so I understand the urge to sub in a new team but that misdiagnoses the problem,” another insider told the Hill of Harris’s office. “The problem is there has never been a coherent strategy. It has always been an operation that lurches from one chaotic moment to the next.”

One source said it’s clear that Harris “feels adrift without her people,” including her sister Maya, who was a senior adviser on her presidential campaign.

Another top aide from Harris’ inner circle at the White House announced she is leaving her position.

Ashley Etienne, Harris’ communications chief, has left her position at the White House to ‘pursue other opportunities.

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Rumors are flying that Biden’s administration is at least looking into the idea of replacing Harris as vice president and having her nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

White House insiders are painting a picture of total chaos and discontent between Biden and Harris, according to CNN.

“Kamala Harris is a leader but is not being put in positions to lead,” a top Democratic donor said. “[Biden] should be putting her in positions to succeed, as opposed to putting weights on her. If you did give her the ability to step up and help her lead, it would strengthen you and strengthen the party.”

The CNN report also claims there’s a rumor that Biden has considered booting Harris from the vice presidency altogether and nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy.

“That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it,” CNN reported.

CNN’s report claims Biden allies in the administration have avoided dealing with Harris because they see “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from her.

“She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it,” the report said. “Republicans and right-wing media turned Harris into a political target from the moment she was picked for the ticket. And implicit racism and sexism have been constant.”

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