Harris aide complained Buzzfeed reporter's critical tweet was 'a really horrible look' and 'whiteness manifest'

An aide to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Women who inspired 'Hidden Figures' film will be honored with congressional gold medals MORE's (D-Calif.) 2020 presidential campaign complained in a text exchange with BuzzFeed's top editor about a "problematic" tweet critical of Harris by a reporter for the news site.

BuzzFeed in a rare move released the exchange between Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and the unidentified aide, which occurred after Harris again called on Twitter to ban President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE from Twitter during Tuesday night's Democratic debate. Harris also called on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race MORE (D-Mass.) to make the same declaration, which her fellow 2020 White House hopeful declined to do.

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“Hard to know if last night harmed or helped Warren, but think all can come together and agree a debate highlight was Warren telling Kamala Harris no about banning Trump from Twitter then just continuing with her point in the manner of shrugging off a Greenpeace clipboard person,” Buzzfeed reporter Katherine Miller tweeted during the debate.

“hey i have talked to her directly a few times when she’s tweeted out stuff like this, and i told her i was glad she deleted this tweet, but this kind of stuff is just a really horrible look for you guys," the unidentified aide wrote to Smith. "frankly, it’s whiteness manifest."

“if kamala shrugged off a warren critique of how she wasn’t with her on Facebook, we’d get raked and she would get lauded as taking on corporate power. the blithe mockery here of kamala, while lauding warren’s style, is just not up to par," the aide continues. "i say this to you just to be super frank and because i really like your guys’ work, the platform, and your reporters. we work well together across the board. but this is a bit problematic.”

“Do you seriously not have real problems?" Smith responded. "This text makes me think you are totally, totally unready for an actual presidential campaign.”

Harris surged in the polls following the first Democratic debate in late June, garnering more than 15 percent support in the RealClearPolitics index of polls as recently as July. But the campaign has struggled since, dropping to just 5.2 percent support as of Thursday morning.