Democrats can count on CNN being friendly terrain for the issues, elected officials and candidates.
But not even sympathetic cable TV activists could avoid Harris’ latest debacle.
And now CNN revealed something about Kamala Harris that has Democrats sweating bullets.
Kamala Harris’ botched trip to Central America was the dominant political news story.
Harris had a simple enough task to visit the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and come home with some kind of symbolic agreement that Harris could sell to the public as progress on the border crisis.
The month of May saw the Border Patrol intercept 180,000 illegal border crossings—a 21-year high.
Harris botched this assignment delivering bizarre speeches where she blamed the Northern Triangle countries themselves for driving their citizens to illegally cross into the United States.
However, the biggest debacle came during Harris’ interview with NBC anchor Lester Holt.
Harris mocked the idea of visiting the border to show how seriously the administration took solving this crisis and compared it to going to Europe.
That unnerved CNN political analyst Maeve Reston who admitted to Don Lemon that Harris can’t handle anything more difficult than the most gentle softball question.
Reston pointed to Harris’ disastrous 2020 presidential campaign—where Harris dropped out in 2019 months before one vote was cast—as being filled with multiple instances of Harris melting down under scrutiny.
“I think that we’ve seen this time and again from Kamala Harris, Don, throughout the campaign in 2020. When she doesn’t like a question that she gets, she often deflects it in a way that can seem defensive. And the point that Lester Holt was making was obvious to anyone else who was watching this interview, which is that the issues at the border are inextricably linked with the portfolio that she’s been given, which is to slow — to stem the flow of migration from Central America. And so, it was a really perplexing answer that came off as flippant. And I think that’s what people within the White House are reacting to,” Reston stated.
Reston explained that Holt offered Reston this cotton candy-soft question to help Harris knock down Republican attacks that she is failing in her role as border czar which any halfway competent politician could answer but that Harris completely whiffed.
“Because there were…any number of ways that she could have answered this question that came off differently. I mean, she has visited the border as attorney general of California. She visited the border when she was a U.S. senator. And so, she’s reacting in a defensive way. Because the right has been trying to make her into the administration’s border czar, and that’s not the portfolio she was given and it’s not a role that she wants. But we really saw that come through in her answer,” Reston added.
Kamala Harris will likely be the Democrat nominee for president in 2024 or 2028.
And CNN is warning Democrats that Harris’ poor political talents and instincts render her a weak candidate that could crumble under the pressure of a national campaign.
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