Though it certainly took a while for it to happen, it appears that Vice President Kamala Harris’ stubborn inaction on the southern border crisis has finally exhausted the patience of even her most ardent cheerleaders in the mainstream media, with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle taking her to task on the issue during an on-air appearance Monday, as Fox News reports.
Amid disastrous photo and video coverage of upwards of 12,000 migrants – predominately from Haiti – camping out in squalid conditions under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, attention was once again trained on Harris’ activities — or lack thereof — as President Joe Biden’s supposed point person for the migrant surge that has plagued southern border towns throughout their tenure in office.
After having been the subject of significant criticism for failing to visit the southern border in person for months after being tapped to address the crisis that has left Customs and Border Patrol agents as well as state and local officials in the affected areas totally overwhelmed, Harris again appeared disinterested in taking action in response to the latest influx of arrivals.
Surprisingly, one of those most vocal in their displeasure with the vice president’s hands-off approach this time around was MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, who wondered on Monday, “How about a message from our Vice President? Where is she? She was supposed to be in charge of all these migration issues…”.
Though Ruhle did make mention of the fact that when Harris visited Guatemala earlier this year in a purported attempt to tackle “root causes” of mass migration, she told prospective arrivals “do not come” to the United States, the cable news anchor also emphasized the obvious fact that “people aren’t listening,” as Fox News further noted.
It wasn’t just Ruhle who took note of Harris’ absence on the issue, with NBC News’ Julia Ainsley concurring, “Well, we haven’t heard a lot from the vice president.”
While the negative assessments from reliably liberal stalwarts at MSNBC are certainly a surprise, the disdain in which Harris is held by large swaths of the electorate has also become clearer in recent weeks, with a Rasmussen Reports survey taken late last month revealing that a staggering 55% of those polled believe that she is either “not qualified” or “not at all qualified” to ascend to the presidency.
Critics on the right have been unsparing in their take on Harris’ ineffectiveness in her role, with Tiana Lowe of the Washington Examiner recently suggesting that she is the “most useless” vice president in a century and Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce alleging that Joe Biden’s second-in-command is simply “doing everything she can to not do her job.”
A cynical political operator from way back, Harris may well be unbothered by the slings and arrows aimed at her by those in the conservative press, but losing the support of the sycophants at MSNBC is surely a wake-up call she did not expect to receive.