Clarence Page: Vice President Kamala Harris’s charm offensive turned largely offensive | Clarence Page

Unsurprisingly, the voice of the Bronx Democratic left progressive wing likened Harris’s position to guilt for the victims.

“First, applying for asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of entry,” she tweeted. “Second, the US has contributed to regime change and destabilization in Latin America for decades. We can’t help but set someone’s house on fire and then hold them responsible for their escape. “

And in terms of tone, Harris made bad things worse by trying to divert NBC’s Lester Holt’s questions about why she wasn’t including a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on her trip.

The question was predictable as the border visit had become a litmus test among conservatives and daily specials in right-wing media. Harris replied with a tone of annoyed surprise.

“And I haven’t been to Europe yet,” she said.

“And I mean, I don’t understand what you mean,” she said, trying to recover. “I am not neglecting the importance of the border.”

Maybe not, but it sounded like it was.

Sure, visiting the border, one of former President Donald Trump’s major themes in 2016 as if it were a divine rite of passage, is more of a symbolic gesture than a major political change. But in politics, performance counts. Harris should at least have been better prepared for the question, rather than ill-informed it appeared to be.

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