U.S. Sen. Rick Scott doesn’t seem to have much regard for Vice President Kamala Harris‘ decision to visit the U.S./Mexican border this week.
“It’s about time that Vice President Harris does her job. It’s embarrassing how long the Vice President avoided the crisis she and Biden created,” Scott said in a press release summarizing comments he made on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Scott slammed the “inexcusable” failure of the Joe Biden administration to “stand up to the far left.”
“It should make all of us furious,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Scott cast doubt on whether Harris would actually make it to the border.
“More than 90 days after being named as the Biden administration’s lead to handle the massive border crisis it has created, it looks like Vice President Harris is finally going to make the trip. I hope that this actually happens, and doesn’t fall flat like its other promises to not raise taxes on American families, or reopen schools quickly, or be tough on Communist China,” Scott said Wednesday, in a press release from his Senate office.
Scott went on to take credit for Harris’ deployment.
“Last month, I said that I would hold all DHS political nominees until the White House got down to the border. I’m glad that I finally got their attention and some accountability for the American people.”
Scott said on the Senate floor that if the Biden administration goes to the border, he will release his holds of Department of Homeland Security nominees.
Scott had previously described Harris’ “avoidance” of the border as “getting extreme.” He has relished the contrast with Harris, often zinging her on friendly interviews on conservative media.
“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 during a June Fox News hit.
“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.
Expect Scott to continue to criticize the Biden administration’s management of the border, as new battleground state polling from his National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican Governors Association shows that Harris is taking the blame.
A majority of independent voters blames Biden for the migrant crisis stemming from a porous Mexican border. Harris is seen as “not effective at all” by 51% of those surveyed.