Kamala Harris mocked as 'cackling pantsuit' by host who says VP's handling of border crisis is a 'gift' to Republicans
Kamala Harris has been mocked as a "cackling pantsuit" by a host who says the Vice President's handling of border crisis is a "gift" to Republicans.
Fox Business presenter Lisa Kennedy Montgomery said on Wednesday: "It is a gift. Every single day she doesn’t go, every day she doesn’t hold a press conference, every day she’s a cackling pantsuit."
Montgomery – who then impersonated Harris – added: "I was encouraged to see, and we’ve talked about this before, the vice president down in Guatemala, down in Mexico actually saying, ‘don’t come to the United States, don’t come across that border'.
"This is good politics for the former president because this is an issue that animates Republicans."
Montgomery had been probing Democratic strategist Kevin Walling on when Harris would visit the border.
Walling acknowledged that every day the VP does not visit the border becomes a "talking point."
Harris embarked on her first trip as VP earlier this month to Mexico and Guatemala in an attempt to address the "root causes" of migration with the nations but did not visit the border from the US side.
That's despite being named Joe Biden's "border czar" amid the migration crisis.
Republicans have panned her for failing to visit the border. On Tuesday, Trump also announced his own surprise trip to the region.
Harris has maintained that she will eventually visit the border.
But she was last week panned for her "cringeworthy" answers to questions about when she would visit the southern border by a panel of CNN commentators.
Abby Phillip, of CNN's Inside Politics show, said: "It's just a little cringeworthy and I know that her allies in the White House and elsewhere are watching it and just kind of wondering what is going on."
Political analyst Laura Barron Lopez branded Harris’ first international trip a failure.
She said: “It didn’t go the way the White House wanted it to go.
“Again, immigration, as you mention is a hot potato that no one wants to touch, and Harris has been dealt it and she has to handle now what Biden had to handle when he was VP which is relationships with the northern triangle.”
The vice president appeared flustered when Colombian reporter Ilia Calderon asked when she will visit the southern border.
Harris replied: "I’ve said I’m going to the border” before she was interrupted by the journalist.
The vice president snapped: “I’m not finished…” as she wagged her finger.
She added: “I’ve said I’m going to the border. And also, if we are going to deal with the problems at the border, we have to deal with the problems that cause people to go to the border – to flee the border."
Harris explained to the journalist that she visited Guatemala to be informed about the root causes of migration.
The reporter once asked Harris when she will visit the southern border.
She replied: “I will keep you posted.”
Harris was also slammed for appearing to laugh when asked the same question by NBC News reporter Lester Holt last week.
She replied: "I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We've been to the border.
"So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border."
When she was reminded by the journalist that she has not personally visited the border, Harris laughed and said, "I haven't been to Europe."
She added: "And I mean, I don't – I don't understand the point that you're making.
"I'm not discounting the importance of the border."
Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei has blamed Washington for the migrant crisis, arguing Biden and Harris' policies have encouraged the surge.
He said the administration's "lukewarm" messaging created "the opportunity to misinterpret".
Giammattei told Fox News: "What they said [in the US] is that they will promote family unification – so the coyotes took the children and teenagers to the US, and the order was full, not only with people from Guatemala.
"[That] is why our proposal is that messages should be clear. But if you have a lukewarm message, it only creates the opportunity to misinterpret."
National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd accused the VP of being an "advocate for illegal aliens".
He alleged that Harris has incited "lawlessness" not just at the border, but around the US, with her rhetoric.
He told Fox: "She even came out and said that she's an advocate for illegal aliens. She's supposed to be an advocate for citizens of this country."
Border crossings last month were up 674 percent last month compared to May 2020.
Over 180,000 migrants were recorded entering the US last month.
The White House has proposed to spend $4billion to address the "root causes of migration" in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras.
During her visit to Guatemala, Harris urged migrants to enter the US illegally.
She said: "I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come."
She then confirmed that anyone who flouted these instructions and arrived illegally would be "turned back."
White House press secretary Jen Psaki "expects" Harris will visit the border at some point in the future.
She said the purpose of the VP's trip was to address the root causes of illegal migration and to solve the "humanitarian challenges" in the countries.
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