Critics criticized Harris for being “unable to respond” and for thinking that the border crisis was “a hilarious joke.”
Vice President Kamala Harris received much criticism Tuesday after her uneasy response to questions about the current border crisis.
Harris was interviewed by NBC’s Lester Holt when she was going to the border, a question she has asked herself since she took over border crisis management for the Biden administration in March.
Harris claimed that she “went to the border,” apparently referring to other administration officials, to whom Holt responded that Harris, in particular, had not gone to the border.
“And I haven’t been to Europe. I mean, I don’t understand what you mean,” she replied, laughing.
Harris was skinned on social media in the wake of the response, and some of her, including Republican members of Congress, told her it was “not a laughing joke” and criticized her for taking the situation at the border lightly. Others pointed to Harris’s “inability” to answer the question, noting that the discussion revolved around “a crisis, not a vacation.”
“Really, really awkward,” tweeted “The View” co-host Meghan McCain.
Harris traveled to Guatemala and Mexico on Monday to address concerns about illegal immigration, and she held her first border press conference since she assumed crisis management 75 days earlier.
Cringe. Kamala Harris doesn't get it.
Holt: "Do you have any plans to visit the border?"
Harris: "We've been to the border. We've been the border."
Holt: "YOU haven't been to the border."
Harris: "…..and I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point you're making." pic.twitter.com/fFXMf8X0b6
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) June 8, 2021
This is like a clip from Veep… and really, really uncomfortable. https://t.co/kYh6coJjjR
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 8, 2021
Kamala Harris: “I don’t understand the point that you’re making.”
Fact check: True pic.twitter.com/rNHnLWIj3m
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 8, 2021
Can't believe I need to say this, but @VP Harris— the humanitarian crisis is not a joke to laugh at.
— Rep. August Pfluger (@RepPfluger) June 8, 2021
Kamala Harris genuinely thought she would get away with saying “We’ve been to the border.” Glad she was corrected. https://t.co/maVQyoprBT
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 8, 2021
Kamala Harris can't answer a question about the border crisis, let alone solve it. pic.twitter.com/DY4aKthmzh
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 8, 2021
PRO TIP: Kamala Harris hasn’t been to the border because she’s not gonna allow herself to get saddled with a border situation that’s a disaster with no end in sight. It’s not more complicated than that. None of these people actually care about America. It’s all about them.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) June 8, 2021
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) June 8, 2021
The trip followed Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who blamed the Biden government a day earlier for the increase in the number of migrants trying to reach the United States. Harris said her migration was a top priority, but contrary to her claim against the administration, she blamed climate change and Central American economies as the main drivers of illegal immigration.
Stay tuned to ReportingHour
News@ Fox News