After avoiding the southern border for months with minimal pushback from the media, Vice President Kamala Harris was probably expecting a trip to Guatemala to be safer for her political career. She miscalculated.
In the end, Harris’ first trip abroad as vice president was overshadowed by blunt statements from Guatemala’s president blaming her for the southern border crisis — which she tried, in desperation, to pin on climate change, according to the Washington Examiner.
Wasn’t supposed to happen
In the end, what was supposed to be a chance for Harris to feign competence and responsibility ended in humiliation. That wasn’t supposed to happen.
Harris was supposed to fly to Guatemala for a photo-op, where she would read off a script about how poverty, corruption, and other deep-seated problems — everything except Joe Biden’s policies, in short — are driving migrants to rush America’s southern border.
Harris has been spouting the same nonsense about “root causes” for months. But she was undermined by a sobering statement from Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who said he is not on the “same side of the coin” as Harris and called out Biden’s open border policies as the key factor.
“The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States,” he said, describing the rapid shift after Donald Trump left office. “We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” he said.
Harris was left grasping at straws — and once again pointed to climate change and poverty as the “main drivers.”
Harris takes deflection to absurd limits
Guatemala’s president spoke the obvious truth: migrants are getting the message loud and clear that Biden and Harris won’t enforce the immigration laws.
Harris reinforced this message in Guatemala when she called a visit to the southern border a waste of time, nothing more than a “grand gesture, only to contradict herself by telling migrants to “not come” to America.
Harris has made it clear that she isn’t a serious person, so why should migrants listen to her? She is going to absurd lengths to deflect from what is obviously a self-inflicted problem, with babbling incoherence as the result.
She took this approach to its limit in an interview with NBC on Tuesday. In a rare moment of journalistic accountability, Lester Holt asked Harris in Guatemala why she hasn’t been to the southern border.
She insisted she had, then added for no clear reason, “I haven’t been to Europe.”