Vice President Kamala Harris took to ABC’s The View on Friday to smear and attack Border Patrol agents on horseback after footage and images were misconstrued to show them allegedly “whipping” migrants trying to cross the border.
“I was outraged by it,” Harris said in a remote interview with Sara Haines after co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin tested positive for COVID-19 and were escorted off the set. “It was horrible and deeply troubling.”
“Consequences and accountability”
Harris also called for “consequences and accountability” for the agents, who have since been confined to desk duty while the investigation is completed. Furthermore, President Joe Biden has now banned the use of horses on the border, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Human beings should not be treated that way,” the vice president said, adding that such behavior “has been used against the Indigenous people of our country, [have] been used against African Americans during times of slavery.”
Although officials and others quickly responded that the agents were only using the reins of their horses to keep the immigrants from being trampled and were acting according to existing protocols, the Biden administration seems determined to scapegoat Border Patrol agents as evil in order to excuse letting large numbers of illegal immigrants remain in the country.
According to the New York Post, Biden said in a statement on Friday that the agents would “pay” for their actions, even though at this point, it has not been proven that they did anything wrong.
The head of the border agents’ union has called the Biden administration’s attacks “totally outrageous,” and some Republican lawmakers also spoke out in defense of the agents.
“Doing their job”
“When President Biden says that Border Patrol agents will pay for doing their job, it is an affront to all those in uniform at the border and is the ultimate blame-shifting,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, according to the Post.
Indeed, Biden and Harris have been desperate to blame someone else — anyone else — for the fiasco at the border, but do they really think the American people will buy this false narrative?
If they do think the public is that easily fooled, it would explain a lot about how they have governed the last eight months.