Ted Cruz Mocks Kamala Harris' 'Monty Python' Leadership Over Border Crisis

Senator Ted Cruz invoked Monty Python on Wednesday as he mocked Vice President Kamala Harris for her response to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Texas Republican tweeted a news story about Harris alongside a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the 1975 British comedy film parodying the legend of King Arthur.

In the GIF image tweeted by Cruz, the band of knights in the movie are seen running away. The short clip is captioned: "Run away! Run away!"

Cruz wrote alongside the clip: "On the border crisis, Kamala invokes an old leadership style..."

On the border crisis, Kamala invokes an old leadership style....https://t.co/Y24fcvapkl pic.twitter.com/QUy5Jlv4W7

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 2, 2021

He then linked to a CNN article reporting that Vice President Harris and her team were attempting to distance her from the situation at the U.S.'s southern border. The report also noted that President Joe Biden had tasked her with handling the White House's response to migration from Central America.

Speaking in the White House State Dining Room ahead of a meeting on migration on March 24, President Biden said: "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 [Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador] and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks."

The vice president faced criticism for not visiting the southern border in the wake of her appointment to lead the administration's response.

Harris told reporters in April that she had no plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, adding that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was dealing with issues at the crossing.

She said her remit was to focus on the issues that cause mass migration from Central America to the U.S.

"The work we have to do is going to require a commitment that is continuous, that we institutionalize with our partners," the vice president told reporters at the time.

She later added: "It will take some time to see the benefits of that work, but it will be worth it."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have carried out 5,638 search and rescue efforts along the southwestern border so far this year—more than across the whole of 2020 and across the whole of 2019.

Border patrol enforcement actions are also nearing 2019 levels, with 871,459 carried out between January and April this year, compared to a little more than 1.1 million two years ago. The number of migrants attempting to cross the southern border typically surges in the spring.

The number of enforcement actions this year has already outstripped the figure for 2020, but last year can be seen as a statistical anomaly owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for further comment.

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas attends a Senate hearing on April 28 in Washington, D.C. He has criticized the vice president. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images