This administration has already had its share of embarrassing moments—every time Joe Biden speaks in public, for example. But I would argue that its most embarrassing saga has been Vice President Kamala Harris’s handling of the crisis at the southern border.

For months after Joe Biden put her “in charge” of the border issue, Harris refused to visit the unfolding humanitarian and national security disaster playing out at the U.S.-Mexico border. She offered little explanation for her avoidance of issue, but her reason was obvious enough: she didn’t want national media cameras anywhere near the area.

The mainstream media is in the pocket of the Democrats, but when Harris visited the border last week, they were forced to cover the trip. In that coverage, they had no choice but to point out that the number of migrants trying to force their way across the Rio Grande is on track to reach record numbers. As the Center for Disaster Philanthropy points out:

“As of May 31, 898,949 migrants have been encountered by Border Patrol, more than double the amount encountered in 2020 and exceeding the amount in any FY since 2006. If the monthly number remains stable, that would mean an additional 720,000 people by Sept. 30, for a total of more than 1.5 million encounters in FY 2021, exceeding the highest total set in FY 2006 of more than one million encounters.”

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Harris avoided the issue for months until a viral and hilarious NBC interview pushed her failure into the spotlight. Lester Holt, to his credit, pressed Harris on why she hadn’t visited the worst disaster area in the country. Her response? First, she lied.

“We’ve been to the border. This whole thing about the border… we’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border,” she said.

Then, she confused the issue.

“And I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” she said.

Then, she laughed.

If looks could kill, Lester Holt would be dead. Fortunately for the intrepid journalist, Harris is as powerless shoot lasers from her eyes as she is to be a competent politician.

Now we’re getting to the best part. Last week, Harris finally made a trip to El Paso, but as one Democrat pointed out, El Paso is over 800 miles from the epicenter of the crisis, which he correctly diagnosed as the “politically safer” decision.

“I’m sure her planners told her that if you’re going to go down to the border, go to something that’s safer to go to, that is, politically safer,” Cuellar told Fox News in an interview Thursday morning. “The epicenter is down there in the Lower Rio Grande, the lower part of my district down there. If you look at the numbers that are down there compared to El Paso, you’re not going to get a true picture of what’s happening.”

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Why, you might be asking yourself, did Harris finally agree to commit political suicide by making a trip down south? Two words: Donald Trump.

That’s right, Harris announced her border visit just days after former President Trump announced that he would be touring the disaster area. Harris planned her trip a few days before Trump’s in a transparent attempt to get out in front of the former president.

To recap: Harris’s border saga includes clumsy political maneuvering, a viral interview gaffe, and a complete own by Democrats’ public enemy #1. If that’s not embarrassing, I don’t know what is.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.