This may come as a surprise to Nevada readers this week, but the Vice President of the United States think’s we’re stupid.

How stupid?

Well, she thinks it is “almost impossible” for rural people to use a copy machine or otherwise find a way to provide a photo ID to vote.

I think Kamala Harris ought to visit Ely or Hawthorne (dare she go to Gabbs?) and tell people that to their faces.

Just in case you might think I’m making this up, here’s the report from Newsweek. It’s a report of a super friendly interview on BET-TV. There was no pressure in this interview. No harsh questions, just an off-the-cuff Q&A about an important American issue: Voter integrity.

The questioner asked Kamala Harris if she thought there should be a compromise with Republicans on the photo ID issue. She said:

“Because in some people’s mind, that means well, you’re going to have to Xerox or photocopy your ID to send it in to prove you are who you are. Well, there are a whole lot of people, especially people who live in rural communities, who don’t… there’s no Kinkos, there’s no OfficeMax near them.”

She further inserted her foot into her mouth by adding: “People have to understand when we’re talking about voter ID laws, be clear about who you have in mind and what would be required of them to prove who they are. Of course people have to prove who they are, but not in a way that makes it almost impossible for them to prove who they are.”

Almost impossible? Really, Kamala? I’ve been to just about every nook and cranny of Nevada in my time. Even in the most remote places, I’ve not encountered anyone who I thought might be incapable of photocopying a document — or, as the vice president calls them — “Xeroxs.” And that observation goes double in this day and age with the advent of cell phones.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time on the goofy side of the Sierras and watched Kamala Harris fall into her current position on the national stage. I said then, and this latest episode only confirms my initial observation, she is so not ready for prime time. She’s an inch thick and a mile wide, and I’m being generous in that analysis.

She’s proving to be a walking insult machine. Someone in the White House should figure this out. Because each time she carries the administration’s water on key issues — immigration and voter rights — she makes it worse. Get her an ironclad script and teleprompter, pronto.


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And with that, let’s call it a day. Thanks for your time this week. Live by the pioneer credo: Be kind; question authority.

Sherman Frederick is a longtime Nevada journalist, a member of the Nevada Newspaper Publishers Hall of Fame and co-founder of Battle Born Media. You can reach him by email at, or by phone at 702-525-2440.