June 11, 2021

Democrats Question Kamala Harris' Comments on Border

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief:

Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris went to Mexico and Guatemala to address the so-called “root causes” of the US border crisis. Her statements and flippant attitude before, during, and after the two-day trip angered both Republicans and Democrats.

The Background: 

During the Trump administration, Democrats and the media almost universally condemned any action President Trump took on the US border. They said his policies lacked compassion, empathy, and respect for immigrants.

But this week, Vice President Harris received criticism from both sides of the aisle for her flippant comments about the ongoing border crisis. 

In an interview, NBC’s Lester Holt pressed the vice president, asking her why she has not been to the southern border. Harris laughed his question off and responded, “And I haven't been to Europe. I mean, I don't understand the point you are making.”

At a press conference in Guatemala on Monday, Harris told migrants to “not come” to the border and that they would be “turned back.” This angered Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who said that “this is disappointing to see.” Imagine her reaction if Trump had said this. 

Both Republican and Democratic congresspeople condemned her flippant attitude about the serious border problem, albeit for different reasons.

Many Democrats thought of this as merely a poor choice of words, including one Biden ally who said, “It wasn’t great, a little cringeworthy, too.” On the other hand, Republicans condemned her attitude about a crisis that is causing sex trafficking, drug-running, and criminality to flood into the United States.

Notable Quotes: 

“The Vice President thinks the border crisis is a hilarious joke.” - Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader

“I have been to the border and it’s nothing to laugh about. Thanks to Biden/Harris policies, officials are stretched thin and both border communities and migrants are suffering. This is not a joke, it’s a crisis on your watch.” - Rep. Andrew Garbarino

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