Senator Ted Cruz used an excerpt from a 1975 Monty Python film Wednesday to poke fun at Vice President Kamala Harris’ leadership on the border crisis, amid a record increase in illegal immigrants arriving at the Southern Passage.
The GIF snippet of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” shows knights dropping their shields as they flee.
“Run away! Run away!” the words on the video say.
Cruz wrote alongside the clip, “On the border crisis, Kamala invokes an old style of leadership …” and linked to a CNN report on how the vice president’s staff fended off criticism of their oversight of the border situation.
Her staff, according to the report, say she is focusing on “root causes” – the conditions in Central America that force people to come to the United States.
They say Harris wants a portfolio of tasks that will allow her to achieve political victories for her future, especially if she gets into a presidential race.
On Tuesday, Biden added another issue to his agenda: overseeing the administration’s efforts on voting reform.
Harris, who has been scammed by critics for not visiting the border since her appointment in March, announced her trip to Guatemala and Mexico next week.
“Well, this is the first trip,” she told reporters at an unrelated swearing-in ceremony. “I am here to listen as much as to share my point of view” on how to reduce illegal immigration.
She said she would speak to leaders about building support “for people who need help in terms of hunger and economic development, extreme weather conditions and the impact that has had on their economy. “.
“But it’s also about having very frank and honest conversations about the need to fight corruption, to fight crime, violence and in particular against some of the most vulnerable populations in this country,” said Harris.
The day’s events take place against the backdrop of an influx of unaccompanied minors at the southern border.
A recent video showed a 5-year-old boy who had been abandoned by smugglers at the border near El Paso, Texas, sobbing as he begged them not to abandon him.
As the smugglers turn to cross the Rio Grande River to Mexico, the boy, holding a teddy bear, yells, “Where are you going? … No no no. Do not go.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the video “heartbreaking.”
“I saw the video, it’s heartbreaking,” she said at Wednesday’s briefing.
She went on to say that migration puts “ourselves and others at risk” and said the administration has launched an effort to “build a fair and orderly immigration system”.
“But I don’t think anyone – whether a parent or not – would watch this video and not feel broken by a 5 year old, I think, screaming at the border,” she said.