The office of Vice President Kamala Harris saw two high-profile departures in the past week-and-a-half, as both chief spokesperson Symone Sanders and communications director Ashley Etienne announced they would be stepping down.
The White House has said that both departures were long-planned, but given the multitude of reports alleging a toxic work environment in Harris’ office, most reporters were skeptical. CNN’s Chris Cilizza, whose takes and general level of political awareness can be very questionable at times, was even able to detect the obvious, writing, “Top advisers to a vice president don’t just randomly leave less than a year into a term. One departure might be explained away by extenuating circumstances. Two? No way.”