Biden throws his clueless vice president under the bus

By Kyle
Smith | New York Post 

President Kamala Harris telling Guatemalan migrants “Do not come, do not come”
to the US on June 7, 2021.REUTERS

Kamala Harris is playing a historic role in 2021: the
nation’s first black, Asian, female vice president to serve as a sacrificial

Like many other women before her, Harris has been tasked
with coming in late to clean
up a mess made by her boss. Joe Biden probably wouldn’t do too well in a
“Jeopardy!” contest, or even on a circle-a-word puzzle, but he’s smart enough
to know that when you’ve got a problem you can’t solve, you should grandly
announce a plan to deal with it by … fobbing it off on someone else.

Alas, unlike Barack Obama’s plan to cure cancer by
announcing that Joe Biden would cure cancer (yes,
that really happened), Biden’s buck-passing set up Harris for a
spectacularly visible failure.

When friendly questioner Lester Holt pointed out to
Harris that she hadn’t visited the border once, she pulled her trademark
move (whenever she gets busted) of breaking into that famously weird dismissive
laugh and replied, “And I haven’t been to Europe,” as though an equivalent
problem is coming out of Europe. Hordes of damp Irishmen desperately
washing up on the shores of Maine, perhaps.

The Biden administration created the border crisis with a
“Yay, illegal immigrants” rhetorical style that was received in Latin America
like an embossed invitation: “President Joe cordially invites you to El

During the presidential campaign, Biden
generously offered to suspend deportations and end family separations. In 2019,
both Biden and Harris vowed to give health care to illegal immigrants, and two
years before that, she insisted that “an undocumented immigrant is not a

Biden was so intent on reversing everything
President Donald Trump did that he moronically reversed one of Trump’s biggest
successes: the “Remain in Mexico” program
that required asylum-seekers
to stay south of the border while their claims were being heard.
Unsurprisingly, there was a record-setting run on the border, and suddenly
there was a serious human cost to all of the knee-jerk anti-Trumpism.

Enlarge ImageWhen Biden announced he was appointing the
veep as his immigration czar, he was effectively passing her a grenade whose
pin he had already pulled. When Harris went to Guatemala, that country’s
president flat-out blamed Biden’s policies for the surge north. He said the
United States’ “message changed to, ‘We are going to reunite families and we
are going to reunite children’ … The very next day the coyotes here were
organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”

Trying to project authority and get a handle on the
crisis, Harris was as convincing as Kevin Bacon at the end of “Animal House,”
screaming, “Remain calm! All is well!” as the crowd stampedes over him.

“Do not come,” Harris said in Guatemala, addressing
potential illegal immigrants thinking about entering the US. “We will
discourage illegal migration. The United States will continue to enforce our
laws and secure our border. … If you come to our border, you will be turned

That’s not what Central Americans are hearing from their
friends who are now comfortably ensconced in the US. Nearly half of those who
show up at the border seeking asylum are being welcomed into the States, given
orders to appear in court, and then set free. Biden and Harris haven’t just
placed a Welcome mat on the border, they’ve announced to the world that
we’re suckers.

Harris can’t clean up the mess at the border unless her
boss decides to clean up his policy mess — by reinstating some of Trump’s
ideas. That’ll probably never happen, but in the meantime, Biden can deflect
all questions to his clueless vice president.


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