Cannot run python outside of codecademy! HELP

Unable to run/debug run in my python file. I KNOW I downloaded python on my computer. I know I downloaded the extension in VS code. Every time I try to run even a simple print(“abc”) line of code I get nothing in the terminal and a message that reads

“Extension activation failed, run the ‘Developer: Toggle Developer Tools’ command for more information.”

in addition to

“Python extension loading…”

and the extension never seems to finish loading its been hours.
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