- Larry Kudlow reacted angrily Tuesday to criticism of the Trump administration’s vaccine plan.
- Kudlow swore several times in a Fox News hot-mic moment after hearing a clip of Kamala Harris.
- Harris said the Biden administration had to start “from scratch” with its vaccine plan.
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The Trump administration economic advisor Larry Kudlow swore on live TV in a hot-mic incident at his first day working for Fox.
Kudlow repeatedly said the word “bulls—” in response to a claim by Vice President Kamala Harris that the Biden administration was “starting from scratch” in its vaccine-distribution strategy.
Kudlow was appearing on “America Reports” on Tuesday afternoon to tout his new Fox Business show, which debuted that evening.
During the show a clip was played of an interview in which Harris criticized the lack of federal vaccine-rollout plans from Kudlow’s colleagues in the Trump administration.
“We were leaving it to the states or local leaders to try and figure it out, and so in many ways we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year,” Harris said in the interview with Axios.
While the clip played, Kudlow, who was no longer pictured but whose mic had not been switched off, could be heard saying “Bulls—! Bulls—! Bulls—!”
His response starts about 45 seconds into this clip:
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Just before the show cut to a commercial, the host Sandra Smith remarked: “And that is Larry Kudlow weighing in.”
Later, in his first Fox Business show, Kudlow apologized for swearing but doubled down on his rejection of Harris’ criticism.
“I’m not usually a guy who swears, but what the vice president said burned me up, and it’s simply not true, OK?” he said. “It is somewhere between cognitive dissonance and an outright falsehood lie.”
Kudlow was a member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force but repeatedly downplayed the significance of the pandemic, saying in March that the novel coronavirus seemed to be “contained.”
He was also part of the administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine-rollout plan. The plan achieved its objective of helping develop COVID-19 vaccines, but the government’s distribution strategy was criticized for relying so heavily on states.