Kamala Harris has come under fire for handing out cookies with her likeness during her first overseas tour of Central American countries ravaged by the border crisis.
The vice president gave the treats — including a bust of her drawn in enamel without the details of her face — to reporters aboard Air Force 2 on Sunday as she was en route to Guatemala.
USA Today reporter Courtney Subramanian shared a photo from one of the cookies on Twitter – sparking an onslaught of criticism from conservatives.
“I never even imagined this level of narcissism,” Republican congressional candidate Buzz Patterson tweeted.
Commentator Matt Walsh chimed in: “”Here you go, everyone. I thought you might like to eat my face.” What a crazy person. Extremely disruptive behaviour.’
Kamala Harris came under fire for handing out cookies with her likeness during her first overseas tour of Central American countries ravaged by the border crisis
The vice president gave the treats — including a bust of her drawn in enamel without the details of her face — to reporters aboard Air Force Two on Sunday as she was en route to Guatemala.
Another set of cookies would contain Air Force 2, according to a tweet posted Sunday evening by Subramanian.
Many critics wondered why the vice president would be handing out cookies of her own likeness as she faces backlash for avoiding the US-Mexico border, a visit she said would be nothing but a ” grand gesture’.
The former presidential candidate visited Guatemala on Monday to try to tackle the ‘root causes’ of illegal immigration.
Harris handed out treats to reporters during an official visit to the back of Air Force 2.
The vice president’s baked busts drew comparisons to French monarch Marie Antoinette
The cookies were reportedly supplied by a black-owned bakery in Washington, D.C.
“Handing out cookies with her face on it as the border crisis rages on… The modern equivalent of ‘let them eat cake,'” said GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel.
“I thought someone gave Kamala cookies that look like her. That would have been a nice gift,” Canadian Youtuber Lauren Chen wrote. “Instead, she gave cookies that looked like her to other people. That’s narcissistic AF and a very strange gift.”
The vice president drew further comparisons to a certain French monarch.
Kamala Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cookies,’ commented one Twitter user.
The cookies were baked by the black bakery CakeWichCraft, Washington, DC, according to Mediaite reporter Tommy Christopher.
The store did not respond to calls or emails from DailyMail.com
Some thought the red tape was much ado about nothing.
“Kamala got cookies that look like her from a black company. Kamala then handed them out to the press. The press now says it was a gross thing to do. Tell me, was she just supposed to eat them all herself,” one user asked.
Harris boarded Air Force 2 on her first overseas trip as vice president in a bid to contain a flaring border crisis that left government facilities overrun with migrants
Some criticized the response as “small-minded” and noted that the cookies were a gift
President Barack Obama was criticized by conservatives for wearing a brown suit during his presidency, a departure from his typical navy or charcoal
Harris met with leaders of Guatemala and Mexico to tackle the ‘root’ of illegal crossings
“They have nothing else to criticize. So petty and childish,” wrote one Twitter user named Carol Fiorello.
The number of customs and border patrols shows a record high of 178,622 encounters with illegal border crossings in April alone, after a huge spike in February and March.
In a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, Harris delivered a stern message.
“I want to be clear to people in the region who are thinking about making that perilous journey to the US-Mexico border: don’t come. Don’t come,” she said. “I believe if you get to our border you’ll be sent back.”
That same day, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling banning certain illegal immigrants from applying for permanent residency, also known as a green card, for their illegal entry.
The case is expected to affect as many as 400,000 people, many of whom have lived in the US for years.
Still, Harris said she would not visit the US-Mexico border.
Customs and border patrol numbers show a record number of encounters with illegal offenders, reaching a record high of 178,622 in April alone, after a huge spike in February and March
“I came here to be here on the scene, to talk to the leader of this nation about what we can do in a way that is significant, tangible and has real results,” Harris said.
“And I’ll continue to focus on that kind of work rather than grand gestures.”
Giammattei blamed the new government’s rhetoric for encouraging illegal immigration.
The message also changed: “We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children,” he told CBS News. “The next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
On Tuesday, Harris appeared in Mexico City with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Meanwhile, border enforcement groups have been overwhelmed and facilities have reached nearly 2,000 percent capacity at some points.