Arizona attorney general urges Biden to replace Harris as ‘border czar’

President Joe Biden is facing calls to replace Vice President Kamala Harris in her role leading America’s diplomatic response to the crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reports that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) has written a letter to Biden asking him to fire Harris and find someone else to serve as his “border czar.”

“Her response to the border crisis has been absolutely abysmal, so I am requesting that she be replaced as your ‘border czar,’” Brnovich wrote, according to Bedard.

Brnovich urged Biden to choose a new “federal official who is willing to see the crisis firsthand and to work with state partners to address it.”

Harris still MIA

In his letter, the Arizona AG also pushed the White House to “adopt new border policies that facilitate enhanced transparency with members of Congress, the media, and the American people throughout this crisis.”

As for Harris, Brnovich said it’s clear she’s uninterested in doing her job at the border.

“We are now nearly 50 days into her appointment, and Vice President Harris has shown little interest in observing what is happening along the border and has failed to articulate any plan to deal with the devastating effects of this crisis,” he wrote. “Instead, she has traveled to other states for unrelated and less-pressing matters.”

Indeed, Harris has made trips across the country — even to the Canadian border — while avoiding the U.S.–Mexico line at all costs. Brnovich, for his part, calls this a “slap in the face to Arizonans.”

The Arizona AG also revealed in his letter to Biden that he had previously written a letter to the vice president asking her to visit the border, but Harris has not replied.

Crunching the numbers

As Bedard noted in his column for the Examiner, a recent poll from YouGov shows many Americans would likely agree with Brnovich here. Respondents to the poll were reportedly asked was whether they have “a favorable or an unfavorable opinion” of Harris.

Overall, just 41% of adults responded “favorable,” while 48% responded “unfavorable.” Among Democrats, Harris had the support of 74% of those polled, but a whopping 84% of Republicans have an unfavorable view of her, as did 57% of independents, Bedard noted.

With numbers like these, it may be that Biden needs more than a new border czar — rather, he needs a new vice president. But given Harris’ own performance on the 2020 campaign trail, is anyone really surprised?

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