Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t just stir the Thanksgiving pot; she cooked up a social media stew! Her festive photo, complete with a casserole and a gas stove, set tongues wagging and keyboards clacking in a sizzling storm of tweets.
Vice President Kamala Harris found herself at the center of a social media storm this Thanksgiving after a seemingly innocent tweet turned into a political lightning rod. Her holiday greeting photo, featuring her and second gentleman Doug Emhoff next to a casserole and a gas stove, ignited a firestorm of criticism.
Eagle-eyed users quickly pointed out the apparent hypocrisy of using a gas stove when the Biden administration had previously considered banning such appliances. Conservatives and critics seized the moment, accusing Harris of inconsistency and double standards.
The backlash included sharp remarks from figures like Senator Ted Cruz and actor Kevin Sorbo, highlighting the perceived contradiction between Harris’ use of a gas stove and the administration’s past discussions about potential bans. Earlier in the year, concerns about toxic emissions from gas stoves had been raised, prompting discussions about safety and potential regulations.
Despite initial statements suggesting a ban on gas stoves might be on the table, subsequent clarifications from officials emphasized that no such federal ban was imminent. Both the CPSC and the White House distanced themselves from any plans to outlaw gas stoves, emphasizing a focus on improving efficiency standards without outright bans.