Vice President Kamala Harris is supposed to be in charge of the immigration crisis on the southern border but is struggling to take the assignment seriously. Back in March, for example, she couldn’t stop laughing after a reporter asked whether she had plans to go to the border and witness the crisis firsthand.
The struggle continues, apparently, as Harris was unable to control her laughter once again during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on Tuesday. Not only that, but Harris also falsely claimed “we’ve been to the border” in a bizarre attempt to challenge the premise of Holt’s question.
“This whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris said.
When Holt pointed out that she had not, in fact, been to the border, Harris appeared to concede. “I—and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t—I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Harris said.
Republicans seized, obviously, on Harris’s unusual remarks. As a result, Holt’s colleagues in the media were quick to seize on the GOP seizing. “Republicans and conservatives are going crazy on Twitter,” New York Times reporter Katie Rogers said during Tuesday’s press briefing at the White House.
“Does the president think there is a scenario in which she should visit the border? And also the mounting criticism from conservatives, would that ever factor [into] a decision to send her down there?” Rogers continued. “I mean, don’t they have a point that if she has this task in front of her, should she not see the end cause as well as the root cause of the problem?”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded vaguely, suggesting that visiting the southern border was something that Harris “certainly may do” at some point.
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