It would be quite an understatement to say Kamala Harris has not had a very good week.
She did a disastrous interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt in which she gave flippant and defensive answers when asked if she planned on visiting the southern border, she undercut her own arguments for not visiting the border while giving prepared remarks in Mexico City, rolled her eyes during a Q&A, and took incoming heat from members of her own party as her week deteriorated.
Worse still, in the midst of her first visit to the Northern Triangle, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei put the blame for the border crisis directly at the feet of the Biden-Harris administration, saying in an interview that “this border crisis is one of your own making. Don’t put the blame on us,” according to Fox News contributor Sara Carter, who conducted the interview.
The White House’s standard answer, when asked about the border crisis and Harris not visiting the border, is to try to correct people by pointing out that she was assigned to tackle the “root causes” of the crisis, as though that should absolve her from having any responsibility to visit the border. In fact, Harris made this exact argument when again asked about her failure to visit by another reporter:
“I’ve been to the border before. I will go again. But when I’m in Guatemala, dealing with root causes, I think we should have a conversation about what’s going on in Guatemala.”
If “root causes” are what she’s supposed to investigate, she doesn’t need to visit the border or the Northern Triangle after all, says Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), because the root causes are right there in the White House.
“You know, Laura, Kamala Harris didn’t have to go all the way to Guatemala and Mexico to find the root causes of this border crisis because they’re not there,” Cotton told Fox News host Laura Ingraham earlier this week. “The root causes are in the White House.”
He further explained that it “happened on January 20th when Joe Biden took office, and
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