VICE President Kamala Harris' "woke" joke about female Marines fell flat during her commencement speech at the Naval Academy on Friday.
Harris, the first woman to deliver the keynote speech at a Navy Academy ceremony, referenced female empowerment several times during the address.
"You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power," Harris said.
"Just ask any Marine today, would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled up solar panel? And I am positive she will tell you a solar panel, and so would he."
Harris laughed at her own quip, though the graduates didn't seem to find it as amusing. The joke was met with some light applause.
Video of Harris' joke was shared widely on Twitter and met with some backlash.
Newsmax's Benny Johnson slammed the quip as "humiliating."
"Cringe alert," Johnson wrote on Twitter, along with a clip of Harris' speech. "Kamala Harris tells woke joke about a female Marine at the Navy Adademy – IT BOMBS.
"Cadets groan as Kamala cackles awkwardly alone onstage. Kamala also told the cadets to use 'wind energy' for 'combat power.'
"The Biden humiliation of our Military continues."
President Biden also appeared to flop when making a speech at a Coast Guard graduation ceremony just a week earlier.
"As your commander in chief, I've been looking forward to being able to do this for a long time.
"I want to keep the longstanding tradition: I hereby absolved all those serving restrictions [for] minor infractions — absolved.
"You have no idea how much I wish you'd have been able to do that in my graduation," he went on. "You all think I'm kidding. I'm not.
"Minor infractions like using a fire extinguisher to hose down a room assistant," he joked.
Biden poked fun at the crowd when his humor appeared to flop during the speech in New London, Connecticut.
"You're a really dull class," he quipped. "I mean, come on, man, is the sun getting to you?"
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