While officials are preparing for a massive influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, Vice President Kamala Harris took some time out of her busy schedule to take questions about Wordle.
Harris was initially tasked with addressing the “root causes” of illegal immigration over a year ago — and was roundly criticized for her failure to even visit the already overrun border facilities for weeks after taking on the task.
And the Biden administration’s plan to let Title 42 immigration restrictions lapse could make an already bad situation even worse — as officials will no longer be able to turn illegal immigrants away at the border due to concerns about the continued spread of COVID-19.
As The Daily Wire has previously reported, officials are bracing for illegal border crossings to skyrocket once Title 42 is no longer in place — with daily numbers expected to reach or even exceed 18,000 per day.
Despite worries about the expected increase, Harris has said little publicly in recent days about the border — or any other major policy. However, she did make time to speak with The Ringer just ahead of the Easter holiday about the popular New York Times daily word game.
The publication contacted Harris after learning at a recent Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser that she was hooked on the game.
“When I can't sleep I've been doing Wordle,” @KamalaHarris said at a fundraiser for the DNC tonight
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) April 13, 2022
So The Ringer quickly contacted Harris, who responded by revealing her strategy — she starts with the same word every day — in addition to a few other tidbits about her word-game habits.
“I think that you have to have a healthy mix of consonants and vowels, and a lot of words come with an S,” Harris said, revealing that the word she begins with each day is “notes.”
She went on to note that, when she had trouble falling asleep, there were other word games that were her go-to distractions. “My nighttime ritual is the mini New York Times crossword. And then sudoku, although I don’t think I’ve pronounced that right ever. Wordle, for me, is like a brain cleanser. So it’s in the middle of very long days, back-to-back meetings on a lot of intense issues. If I have a break, let’s say that people are running late or my little 25 minutes for lunch, sometimes while I’m eating I’ll figure out Wordle.”
“I mean, I think that the design of Wordle is genius. First of all, five letters, but also only one word a day, right? It’s really genius. Because, you know, some other games over the years where you could then just get kind of hooked and really spend far too much time. I think it’s really a smart design,” Harris added, lamenting the fact that her phone did not allow her to share her scores.
Harris, who has often been criticized for a lack of substantive public appearances, has been so absent lately that even NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” took a poke at her during this past week’s “Weekend Update.”
Host Colin Jost referenced a viral video of President Joe Biden, who finished a speech at a North Carolina event and then apparently turned to shake hands with someone who was not there.
Your Weekend Update with Colin and Che! pic.twitter.com/R3rAR28Dhc
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) April 17, 2022
“A video has also gone viral of President Biden finishing a speech in North Carolina, then apparently turning to shake hands with an invisible person,” Jost set himself up before delivering the punchline: “Hey, her name is Kamala.”
“When was the last time you saw her?” he asked, as a few in the audience grumbled at his joke.