Rick Scott slams Kamala Harris: ‘What has she ever accomplished?’

Rick Scott
Even the Fox News host tried to dial down Scott's rhetoric.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Wednesday slammed Vice President Kamala Harris, who is returning from a Latin American trip designed to examine root causes of immigration.

During an appearance on Fox News, Scott compared Harris to an “arsonist” in charge of fire prevention, offering a visceral critique that got called into question by a normally friendly interviewer.

“What has she ever accomplished? And by the way, putting Kamala Harris in charge of the border is like asking an arsonist to put out a fire, like asking (New York Gov.) Andrew Cuomo to be in charge of a sexual harassment seminar,” Scott joked.

“I mean, she is not going to accomplish anything. I mean, not going to the border? Go to the border,” Scott said, before host Sandra Smith reminded Scott that the Vice President of the United States and former U.S. Senator had a resume of considerable accomplishment.

Smith dialed down the potential hot quotes, getting Scott to focus on Harris not yet going to the border.

Scott said Harris didn’t want to take the media down there to see a “crisis Joe Biden created,” but couldn’t help coming back to the narrative of the Vice President being ineffective.

“She is not somebody who is focused on getting a result,” Scott complained. “I mean, she’s clearly, going on this trip, there’s no there there, nothing happens. It’s just a media opportunity that hasn’t worked out.”

Harris, who has been in charge of border issues for the Biden White House, has not visited the Mexican border yet in her official capacity. This has nettled Scott, who has previously described Harris’ “avoidance” of the border as “getting extreme.”

Despite the Republican take that Harris isn’t getting it done, favorable coverage comes from elsewhere. The Associated Press headlined Harris’ “blunt message” and “search for answers” in the trip, but coverage noted that Democrats, such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were disappointed that the Vice President didn’t embrace more open immigration policies.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Tom

    June 9, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Rick Scott is a man who accomplished one big thing: Before entering politics, he was boss of a health care conglomerate (Columbia/HCA)that ripped off taxpayers by submitting millions of fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, etc., all taxpayer supported programs. During the investigation of the company’s crimes, Tricky Rick walked away with $300 million in stock, a $5 million severance payout, and a million bucks a year contract as a consultant. The company was compelled to pay $1.7 billion in fines. That is Rick Scott’s biggest accomplishment.

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  • James R. Miles

    June 10, 2021 at 9:28 am

    The real question is, what has Rick Scott ever accomplished? Oh, he is good at running his mouth and ripping off the American taxpayer with his so-called healthcare company. Not much else!

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  • PeterH

    June 10, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Well Rick….. Kamala Harris has diligently worked to reverse 95% of Trump’s unpopular divisive executive orders. The dismantling of the GQP tariffs will be next in line. They are inflationary as you may have noticed but refuse to acknowledge! Harris has created a business environment where the DOW has increased 4,700 points since the Biden administration won the election last November. It’s ‘morning in America’ Rick …… take a deep breath!

    Let’s remember what Republicans have accomplished since Election Day 2020! Can you hear the crickets Rick?

    Did you notice how Republicans, including you have swept the GQP’s attempted coup under the Republican Clown Bus? No investigation …. right?!? You really don’t want Americans to learn about Washington Republican collusion with the insurrection …. Do you?

    Here’s a video for you and your Trumpster terrorist LOSERS:
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