In an interview with Fox News’ Martha McCullum on Tuesday, Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) strongly criticized the foreign and domestic policies of the Biden administration. Renowned for his wit, common sense, and humorous expressions, the Senator addressed concerns about America’s open southern border and the potential for heightened terrorist activity in the United States.
Before delving into his response, Kennedy emphasized that his answer was informed by polling data and his perception of the prevailing sentiment among the majority of Americans:
“America has concluded that President Biden is old—that he needs soup and an early bedtime. And Americans have concluded that Vice President Kamala Harris is not capable…that when her IQ gets to 75 she should sell…Americans are pretty disgusted.”
Kennedy’s criticism of Biden’s policies stirred frustration among Democrats, but it was his remarks about Harris’ intelligence that sparked outrage among White House officials. Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates and Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison issued responses on X.
Bates expressed, “Shameful and undignified comments like these from [Kennedy] start a fire sale on one’s credibility.”
Harrison wrote condescendingly, “Bless his heart. [G]uess Senator Foghorn is a bit upset that our VP has done more for the working families of Louisiana than he has done over the entirety of his unproductive Senate career.”
Bless his heart… guess Senator Foghorn is a bit upset that our VP has done more for the working families of Louisiana than he has done over the entirety of his unproductive senate career. https://t.co/B79Zv0lsBv— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) November 21, 2023
According to Fox News, Harris addressed declining poll numbers for both her and Biden, as well as recent surveys indicating that Democrats would lose the White House in a rematch against Trump if the election were held today, during a Sunday interview on CNN.
In the interview, Harris remarked, “It is absolutely right in a democracy with free and fair elections that the candidates, the people who want to continue in leadership, have to make their case and have to make it effectively. And that means communicating in such a way that the message is received about the accomplishments and what we care about.”
However, Harris did not provide details on the administration’s specific “accomplishments.”
Senator Kennedy has consistently expressed a negative view of the Biden administration’s initiatives. In a Tuesday interview on Fox, he accused the president of embracing “neo-socialist, woke wing, loon wing” policies, emphasizing, “The American people might be poorer under President Biden, but they’re not stupid.”
Highlighting issues such as the open border, inflation, and rampant crime, Kennedy stated that the public observes a world in turmoil, with conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and tensions in China. He added, “The American people look around and see the world on fire, and they have concluded that, fair or unfair.”
Known for his colloquialisms, Kennedy is noted for saying:
“Let me state the obvious. Illegal immigration is illegal, duh.”
“Our country was founded by geniuses, but it’s being run by idiots. I think most Americans are wondering how some folks up here made it through the birth canal.”
He said of the Senate, “It’s like a circus without a tent.”
On the veracity of testimony from anti-Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Kennedy said, “Jesus loves him, but everybody else thinks he’s an idiot.”
Of high gas prices he said: “In my state, the price of gas is so high that it would be cheaper to buy cocaine and just run everywhere.”
Of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Kennedy said she has a “Billy goat brain, mockingbird mouth.”
After Federal Judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen testified he had never tried a jury, civil, criminal, or bench trial in State or Federal court, Kennedy exclaimed, “Just because you’ve seen My Cousin Vinny doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge.”