Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign leading up to the 2020 election ran off the rails even before the first primary results were in. But after that disaster, Joe Biden picked her as his running mate, they took office, and since then, her greatest accomplishment has been the remodeling of the vice president’s office.
She was assigned to address the crisis that Biden created at our nation’s southern border, but she has ignored any action in addressing the crisis. This is according to the White House, not to mention millions of Americans.
Kamala has been accused of running her office on cruelty to staff members. She has been the butt of jokes for noting that when one plugs in an electric car to recharge, there’s no “sound or fume and she asks this question, “So how do I know it’s working?” But she has sung “Wheels on the Bus” for reporters.
Now we have an explanation from the vice president herself for why things haven’t tracked well for her. “It’s because she’s not White and not a Man,” she said.
Fox News reports she was “expressing discontent with the news coverage surrounding and her performance as the nation’s second-highest office holder, citing her race and gender.”
“According to a piece by The New York Times, Harris has been privately complaining to her allies that the media’s coverage of her would be better if she were any of her 48 white male predecessors, and has reportedly confided in them about the difficulties she’s facing with her assigned portfolio from the White,” Fox reported.
It said the Times focused on “Harris’ struggle to ‘define herself within the Biden White House, noted that she held no ‘headlining role’ when it came to some of the administration’s most difficult decisions and that she was caught betweencriticism that she wasn’t performing the job well and resentment from supporters that she was being ‘undercut’ by the West Wing.”
The Times explains, “Ms. Harris has privately told her allies that the news coverage of her would be different if she were any of her 48 predecessors, all of whom were white and male.”
She has, in fact, been unsuccessful on the two major issues that Biden assigned her: the southern border, which the report describes as the “root causes” of migration, and a Democrat plan to have the federal government take over all elections nationwide.
The facts are that the White House recently used a stunning camera move to exclude Harris from being on screen during a news conference, and there have been numerous “sourced” reports that Biden was even considering appointing her to a judicial post to open the VP’s office to someone else.
On her own, she’s blamed President Donald Trump for the crisis Biden created at the southern border, and now blames sexism and racism on her lack of success.
In the Wall Street Journal, however, columnist Gerard Baker had another assessment: “A heartbreak and a spine-chilling cackle away from the presidency, is another living rebuke to the idea that government is virtuous and wise. Vice President Kamala Harris has demonstrated, evidently to the alarm of much of her own staff, that she is simply another of Mr. Biden’s many mistakes, perhaps the biggest one yet. It is a dismaying state of affairs that we must all pray nightly for the continued health of an inept president to avert the calamity of a worse one.”
And the Western Journal documented that Harris, who has “made a name for herself as not only the first black, female, and black female vice president, but also the least popular vice president in history,” got heated during an interview.
She was asked “who the real president was, Joe Biden or West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin,” the report said.
“For Democrats, watching Biden’s agenda stalled, the question is embarrassing. And the vice president’s reaction was even more so. Harris visibly flushed, and one got the impression she was resisting the urge to take her earrings and rings off and lunge at the screen.
“C’mon, Charlamagne,’ she said. ‘It’s Joe Biden.’ When the host began to press her further, she started gesturing wildly, saying ‘No, no, no, no, it’s Joe Biden. It’s Joe Biden.’”
She started bouncing up and down, “And it’s Joe Biden, It’s Joe Biden and I’m vice president and my name is Kamala Harris,” she said.
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Congressman’s letter says 130 people in country illegally were flown to AVP
PITTSTON TWP. — U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser and Republican candidate for governor Lou Barletta on Sunday were looking for answers on reports that four airplanes carrying undocumented immigrants have landed at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport over the past two weeks and were taken to destinations not yet confirmed.
Meuser, R-Dallas, and Barletta, a former Congressman from Hazleton, have sent letters to Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking them to confirm the reports and to provide details of where they planes originated and were the occupants thoroughly vetted regarding their backgrounds and COVID status.
James Gallagher, president of Aviation Technologies, which is based at the airport, confirmed the four flights arrived — Dec. 11, Dec. 17 and two on Dec. 25 — and he said a fifth flight is scheduled to arrive Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. Gallagher said at least two of the flights were diverted to AVP from other airports.
Gallagher said his company holds government contracts, including military contracts. He said his business and AVP are publicly funded and must accept the flights.
“We are just doing our job,” Gallagher said. “We have no way of knowing details about the passengers — where they came from or where they were taken.”
Gallagher said most were children and teenagers. He said their names were written on duct tape attached to their bags. He said most did not speak English and interpreters traveled with them.
“We don[‘t know their status,” Gallagher sad. “It seems that all of the vetting should take place at the border, but it appears that there isn’t much transparency there. More information needs to be provided. There needs to be more control.”
Gallagher said each plane carried between 100 and 120 passengers.
Meuser’s letter was sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and to Tae Johnson, acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In his letter, Meuser expressed concern about recent reports that the federal government has flown undocumented immigrants to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton International Airport.
“It is my understanding that a total of 130 immigrants, 118 minors and 12 adults, arrived aboard an iAero charter flight on Friday, Dec. 17, and were subsequently transported on buses from a private hangar,” Meuser wrote. “This flight seems to have occurred without airport officials receiving notice or a passenger manifest.”
Meuser said Sunday that he has been told that two more flights arrived at the airport on Saturday.
“The lack of communication and transparency surrounding this process is unacceptable,” Meuser said. “Your agency failed to notify me or any other local officials of these activities, leaving us unable to answer the concerns of constituents in the communities we represent. Pennsylvanians deserve to know about these decisions affecting their community,”
Meuser then asked several questions of the two federal officials:
• How many undocumented immigrants were transported to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area and under what conditions are they being released?
• Are undocumented immigrants arriving in Wilkes Barre for the sole purpose of traveling elsewhere, or is Wilkes Barre the final destination for any of these illegal immigrants?
• Are the minors on this plane being relocated to be reunited with a family member, to be held in another detention facility, or being transferred to the custody of another entity?
• Is your agency tracking every undocumented immigrant released to ensure they arrive at the appropriate destination?
• Is every undocumented immigrant tested for COVID-19 before being released?
• With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly throughout Pennsylvania and the nation, what is the protocol for an undocumented immigrant who tests positive for COVID-19?
• What is your protocol for informing local officials of the release of undocumented immigrants into their communities?
• Are you conducting criminal background checks, utilizing both the U.S. crime database and the equivalent in the individual’s country of origin, for every individual released?
• Are all released individuals expected to appear in court and what is the current estimated time-frame for Notices to Appear?
“I am calling on you and President Biden to immediately end this irresponsible practice in northeast Pennsylvania and throughout the country,” Meuser wrote. “The Biden Administration has failed to secure the southern border and encouraged the mass migration that has been occurring for months. It is unconscionable that such policies have proceeded amid a global pandemic, economic crisis, and epidemic drug abuse to which an open border certainly contributes. This mismanagement is now directly impacting the people I represent, and I expect you will provide me the answers I need to address my constituents’ concerns.”
Meuser said he was at the airport Sunday and spoke with several people who he said were protesting the arrival of the planes. He said the people he spoke with were concerned about the passengers and the need for the planes to arrive late at night.
Meuser said he is determined to confirm all the reports and to obtain all details on the passengers and where they were taken and if they were properly vetted.
Meuser said he was told one group was placed on a bus and taken to Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Times Leader has not been successful in confirming any of the information provided by Meuser. No response was given to questions asked via email of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office or Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. Officials at the airport have not responded, nor did the owner of Aviation Technologies, which reportedly handled the arrivals of the flights.
Meuser added that he was told most of the arriving passengers were children of varying ages and were not accompanied by adults, except for a few adult supervisors. He said he was told that some of the passengers had addresses written on their arms.
“My job is to do everything I can to assure they are vetted properly, that they are not criminals, and are not positive for COVID-19,” Meuser said.
Barletta sent a letter to Wolf and Shapiro asking many of the same questions Meuser has raised.
In a news release issued Sunday afternoon, Barletta said two more chartered airplanes originating in El Paso, Texas, landed at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Christmas night, “adding to the evidence that illegal immigrants are being flown to Northeast Pennsylvania without citizens’ knowledge.”
Barletta said the two flights originated in El Paso, stopped in Cincinnati and landed in Pennsylvania at 6:48 p.m. and 8:47 p.m. on Dec. 25, according to FlightAware.com. Barletta said the air carrier was World Atlantic Airlines, which contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to transport undocumented immigrants.
Barletta, a former member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, demanded answers from Wolf and Shapiro in a letter last week, after similar flights allegedly took place on Dec. 17.
“I asked Gov. Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro a series of straightforward questions about these flights, and they haven’t provided any answers,” Barletta said. “Now we see evidence of more flights on Christmas night, and people want to know if illegal immigrants are being transported to our community, whether they’ve undergone background checks and health screenings, and why no one was notified that this was happening.”
Barletta said witnesses at the airport took photographs of one of the planes being met by a charter bus for ground transportation.
In Barletta’s letter to Wolf and Shapiro on Dec. 23, he noted that such flights would be “in line with the established policy of the Biden administration to transport illegal immigrants from the border to other locations within the country.” He said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed the existence of such flights to other states, and only quibbled about the time of day they were occurring. null
William O’BoyleBill O’Boyle is the Times Leader Media Group’s news columnist/staff writer. He has written for the Times Leader since April 2007, covering everything from municipal government issues, business, features, human interest, presidential races and local, state and national politics to breaking news. A Plymouth native now living in Plains Township, O’Boyle has been active in a range of community and sporting activities, including volunteering with Victory Sports for adults with mental and physical challenges.
I am not sure who told Chevrolet that what we really needed this Christmas was to ugly cry over an ad they produced for the holidays, but whoever it was needs to go sit in the corner and think about what they’ve done.
You may have seen the shortened version of this ad, titled “Holiday Ride,” on TV. But you don’t get the full emotional impact without seeing the extended four-minute version, which is a tear-jerker and hit me harder than listening to my child ask me why Mufasa wasn’t waking up.
All the jokes aside, this ad is possibly one of the most needed and uplifting messages of the Christmas season — a season in one of the toughest years Americans have faced. Still reeling from COVID-19 and an economic collapse, we have watched as division and partisanship grew, the negative media coverage got worse, people were unable to get back to work, and inflation and shortages have had families struggling.
And this is all on the heels of a divisive presidential election and a pandemic that has taken our family members and loved ones and kept us separated for (in some cases) over a year.
At a time when all this is going on, this Chevy commercial comes out. It is a message about remembering loved ones and spending the time we have with them. It is, at its heart, a secular but great reminder that this time of year is about our families.
Here, you have a man who appears to have recently lost his wife. In an old barn is her old convertible, covered in dust and clearly unused. It’s an emotional moment as the memories flood back. His daughter sees that he’s struggling, so she goes to their small town auto repair shop and asks for help. They sneak in one night, load up the car, and then restore it. The dad sees the restored car, gets emotional, and drives up to his daughter, who begins to cry as she says “It’s what mom would’ve wanted.”
And it’s at that point that you’ll feel that familiar tingle in your eye, if you haven’t already.
A man lovingly remembers his wife. A daughter sees a father struggling. A community comes together to help one of their own. And an emotional reunion. Also, a dog.
We are a little over week away from Christmas, and now more than ever, we need to stop and remember what’s most important. Yes, we have political battles to fight. But for a few moments, let’s also remember that our families need us for more than fighting those battles. They need us to just be there for and with them.
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