Lara Trump has said Americans living along the southern border had ‘better arm up and get guns and be ready, and maybe they will have to take matters into their own hands.’
The comments were made during an appearance on Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday evening to discuss the issue of border security. Trump – who is married to Donald Trump’s son Eric – spoke as the numbers of illegal immigrants crossing from Mexico continues to rise.
Pirro was discussing recent comments made by Vice President Kamala Harris about the border including a moment when she laughed about whether she was going to visit the U.S.-Mexico border to address the current crisis.
‘She thinks she can just laugh off the crisis at the border and it’s embarrassing,’ former president Trump’s daughter-in-law chimed in.
‘What do we say to people at the southern border who don’t feel like they are part of the country anymore?’ Pirro responded.
Trump suggested that it must be ‘insulting’ to the Border Patrol and ICE agents to hear of tens of people crossing the border each day.
‘It’s like they are being made a mockery of. It’s disgusting and disgraceful to see,’ she said.
‘I don’t know what you tell the people that live at the southern border,’ Trump continued. ‘I guess they better arm up and get guns and get ready, and maybe they will have to take matters into their own hands. People should never make this dangerous journey here. It’s bad for Americans. It’s bad for the migrants. It’s bad all around.’
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) June 13, 2021
‘This is a vice president who is a woman,’ said Pirro. ‘You and I want want women to succeed. But this looks so much like the woman is in over her head. I wanted to say put on your big girl pants and stop with the giggling, stop looking like you don’t know how to answer a question.’
Pirro then asked Trump what advice would she give Harris. Trump responded that she has had ‘a lot of recommendations’ but didn’t know if she could ‘say them on television.’
‘That’s your problem when that’s your MO,’ Trump said, ‘when you don’t care about their qualifications or preparedness for a job. It’s terrible for women all around. Of course, a woman can be president and vice president. But let’s get a woman who is actually qualified and up to the job.’
It’s not just on conservative news networks that questions are being asked as to when the Vice President might make a trip to the border.
On Friday, Univision released an interview where that saw Vice President Harris snap at a reporter for asking when she would make a trip after reports suggested President Biden was sending USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Guatemala and Mexico next week.
Harris spoke to Colombian journalist Ilia Calderon, an anchor with the Miami-based network, the day after her return from Mexico and Guatemala, where she spoke to presidents of both countries about ways to curtail soaring arrivals at the border.
‘I’ve said I’m going to the border,’ said Harris, visibly irritated. ‘And I – ‘
Calderon, speaking via video link, interrupted and asked: ‘When are you going?’ Harris continued saying: ‘The administration has asked…’ She paused, hearing Calderon’s question, and replied curtly: ‘I’ve not finished.
n the interview on Thursday night, Kamala said: ‘I’ve said I’m going to the border. And also, if we are going to deal with the problems at the border, we have to deal with the problems that cause people to go to the border – to flee to the border.
‘And that is the root cause. So my first trip, as vice president of the United States, was to go – in terms of a foreign trip – to Guatemala.
‘To be on the ground there. To address, and to be informed of, the root causes – why are the people of Guatemala leaving.’
Calderon asked: ‘Do you have a date for your trip to the border, to see the situation with your own eyes?’
Harris replied: ‘I will keep you posted.’
The vice president’s two-day trip was dogged by questions about when she would visit the border – to her evident annoyance.
She was exasperated by NBC anchor Lester Holt when he asked her about visiting the border with Mexico.
‘At some point, you know, we are going to the border,’ she said.
‘We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.’
He replied: ‘You haven’t been to the border.’
‘And I haven’t been to Europe,’ Harris snapped, then quickly turned laughed.
‘And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.’
On March 24, President Joe Biden announced: ‘I’ve asked her, the VP, today — because she’s the most qualified person to do it — to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border.’
Harris has insisted since then that her focus is on the root causes of migration, rather than dealing with the specific crisis at the border.
Data released on Thursday night says illegal crossings have risen 674% in a year, with 180 apprehensions in May, in levels not seen since 2006.
Authorities recorded 180,034 migrants crossing into the U.S. last month.
That represented a slight increase over the approximately 178,000 migrants encountered in April, and the 172,000 encountered in March.
In February, roughly 100,000 migrants illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States.
Single adults still represented the majority of border-crossers, data from the U.S. Border Patrol showed.
In May there was a decrease in the number of unaccompanied minors, from roughly 16,910 to 13,906, Border Patrol found.
CBP also said that a majority of those who crossed the border were already expelled due to Title 42, which allows the U.S. government to quickly remove people using the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 180,034 crossers, 112,302 have already been expelled.