ANALYSIS – Something new. Maybe the major establishment networks are finally getting the message that America needs news not propaganda, as CNN’s owners move that leftist cable outfit back to the middle, or maybe even Chuck Todd can’t stomach the absurd drivel coming from Team Biden anymore, but VP Kamala Harris took some hits recently.
During the sit down with the network’s host in Texas, Harris got challenged by Todd on two major and controversial issues:
1) Our ‘secure border’ with Mexico, and
2) Biden’s demonization of MAGA Republicans
And a third related topic: Democrat interference in GOP primaries in favor of those same MAGA Republicans she and Joe Biden call dangerous “domestic extremists.”
In the broad ranging interview, which aired on Sunday morning’s broadcast of ‘Meet the Press,’ Todd appeared to have a difficult time accepting Vice President Kamala Harris’ assertion that the U.S.-Mexico border was secure.
At the end of his interview Todd said: “Final topic here. We’re here in Texas, I want to ask you about the border. Would you call the border secure?”
In her typically muddled, halting, word salad fashion, Harris rambled and dissembled about before answering the question.
“I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do. The first request we made, pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,” Harris said before making the unbelievable assertion: “The border is secure.”
And then spinning the problems as Trump’s fault: “but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”
By doing so, she denied that Biden had totally gutted the immigration system Trump had beefed up, not to mention the border security measures (including the wall) and the Customs and Border Patrol on his first day in office.
Todd appeared genuinely taken aback by Harris’ outrageous statement. Though he was far less incredulous and aggressive than he has been with Trump advisors on his show.
“We’re gonna have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?” Todd challenged.
Harris then doubled down with double speak and passing the blame again:
We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix. Given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.
Watch that encounter below.
How in God’s name a “pathway to citizenship” (aka AMNESTY) for millions of illegal aliens already in the country helps fix the border Team Biden broke after Team Trump fixed it, should have been Todd’s next question.
Amnesty would only encourage more migrants to attempt to come to the U.S. illegally.
Earlier in the interview, Todd challenged Harris on Joe Biden calling the ideas of MAGA Republicans as “semi-fascism” during an Aug. 26 Democratic fundraiser in Maryland.
Todd straight out asked Vice President Kamala Harris to define a “semi-fascist.”
And again, Harris stammered and dissembled, blathering at length, without answering. She did somehow try to conflate, as Biden has, challenging an election outcome with being “semi-fascist.”
Listen, I think that when we … let’s not get caught up in politicizing the fact that most people in America know that it is not helpful to our country when we have people who are denying elections or trying to obstruct the outcome of an election where the largest number of people in our country voted for the President of the United States, and when we look at where we are, I think we have to admit that there are attacks from within … and we need to take it seriously, and we need to stand up together, all of us, and think of this not through [a] partisan lens, but as Americans.
To his credit, Todd kept pushing on this, reading an excerpt from Biden’s inaugural address promising to unite the country, stating “politics need not be a raging fire destroying everything in its path.”
The VP replied by saying that the president spent his entire career fighting for bipartisanship and “finding common ground” through compromise.
How Biden can compromise with Republicans now after calling a fair number of them semi-fascist and domestic terrorists, should have been Todd’s follow up question.
Todd did hit Harris on a related controversial issue – Democrat political organizations interfering in GOP primary election by supporting and funding those same Trump-endorsed MAGA Republican candidates she and Biden decry as threats to our democracy.
Todd told the VP: “It looks a little bit cynical and the president went out of his way to say there are good Republicans here.” And asked: “Should you leave the good Republicans alone in a primary? Is the Democratic Party making a mistake here by, you know, those people could win if you’re not careful.”
Harris refused to answer the question, saying that she was “not going to tell people how to run their campaigns.”
To which Todd prodded her again: “So would you have done this? Is this in your– is this something you’d be comfortable with?”
And later asking: “You’re not worried that this reflects poorly on the Democrats?”
Harris avoided the question and simply repeated her statement that “I’m not going to tell people how to run their campaigns,” and that she ran successfully for California State attorney and the U.S. Senate.
She didn’t say how those races might have tired out if extremely well-funded GOP groups had supported her Democrat opponents in her primaries.
The vice president then deflected and switched even further into campaign mode: “I think that what we have to focus on is that in 60 days, as of this interview, in less than two months, we are looking at a midterm election in which so much is on the line,” Harris said
She then went off on a litany of Democrat talking points about their hot-button topics, such as abortion and elections legislation. Their solution to the Supreme Court’s decision revoking Roe v Wade is to push even more radical unrestricted abortion till birth laws.
Their solution to their made-up voting rights issue is to nationalize election laws by allowing the Justice Department to challenge state laws as discriminatory and expand early voting and absentee ballot provisions.
Much like the massive push for national mail-in voting to help Biden in 2020, these new efforts would upend two centuries of state control over their own elections processes.
Harris’ outrageous comments and blathering nonsense only makes the case for why conservative and the GOP must win in November. It’s so obvious, maybe en Chuck Todd is beginning to see it.