Kamala Harris has finally made it to the border.
Now, granted, she’s not actually gone to where the real crisis is in the Rio Grande Valley, she went to El Paso, which is about 800 miles north of the areas hardest hit. As we pointed out, she got nailed on that not only by Republicans like Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott but also by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) who’s from the area that’s in real crisis. Cuellar called her going to El Paso a “politically safe” “check the box” kind of a trip.
While in El Paso, she’s going to see a processing center, a Border Patrol facility, and get an operational briefing. But it’s less likely to have the problematic pictures and people she might have to face if she had gone to the Rio Grande Valley.
When she got off the plane and met the press, she was asked by Fox’s Peter Doocy to explain why she decided to go now when she hadn’t previously had actual plans to go. This trip was hurriedly announced after President Donald Trump said he would be making his first trip to the border, making it clear that Trump was essentially forcing the Biden team’s hand.
That question immediately annoyed Harris, who snapped at Doocy, “It’s not my first trip, I’ve been to the border many times.” But it is her first trip since being tasked with the job of dealing with the border. Let’s not be obtuse and play word games here. She’s almost as bad as Joe Biden when challenged with a little truth.
KAMALA: "I've been to the border many times…I said back in March I was going to come to the border, so this is not a new plan." pic.twitter.com/VEgw4OZYK8
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 25, 2021
“Because as I’ve long said, I said back in March I was going to come to the border so this is not a new plan.”
She then repeated it again, in case you didn’t buy it the first time she said it.
— The Recount (@therecount) June 25, 2021
So let’s review.
No, it hasn’t “always been the plan,” there wasn’t an actual “plan” announced until this week.
Before that she made general non-specific comments about visiting, cackled and tried to downplay going as though it wasn’t an important thing to do, as though it wasn’t a pressing matter, saying things like, “I haven’t been to Europe either.”
Apparently, the border crisis is now a laughing matter for the Biden administration.
WATCH: VP Kamala Harris laughs when asked if she has any plans to visit the border. pic.twitter.com/z3AdoFX0Dq
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 22, 2021
REPORTER: “Do you have any plans to visit the border?”
HARRIS: “We are going to the border, we’ve been to the border”
“You haven’t been to the border”
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris jokes
Biden's border crisis is not a joke.pic.twitter.com/KhIBgp2CYS
— Kyle Martinsen (@KyleMartinsen_) June 8, 2021
Cuellar said that while he’s glad she went to any part of the border, going to El Paso wouldn’t give her a true picture of what’s going on because she’s not talking to the right people where it’s happening. He’d been asking her to come to his area for months but he never heard back from her. Cuellar claims he and other Texas Democrats had no idea until they saw it in the news.
"Even if she goes to El Paso.. she's got to spend time with land owners, with stakeholders, with city and county officials.. and I hope she sits down with our brave men and women in green and in blue. " @RepCuellar ahead of VP Harris's trip to the border amid the migrant surge pic.twitter.com/FKQBU24DcL
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) June 24, 2021
But just remember “it’s always been the plan.”
Vice President Kamala Harris isn't even going to the border.
She's flying into El Paso and going to a Border Patrol facility that's miles from the physical border before flying to Los Angeles for the evening. pic.twitter.com/2VWd0aQSoC
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 25, 2021
Kamala isn’t going to the border so much as she’s driving by with binoculars on her way to a California fundraiser. https://t.co/J50oUCGamr
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) June 25, 2021