Indian American Democratic VP nominee says Trump believes presidency is all about him, not people.
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s acceptance of Republican nomination, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris accused him of showing “a reckless disregard for the well-being of the American people.”
Trump “doesn’t understand the presidency” and believes it is “all about him,â€ said the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican mother in a speech Thursday to counter Trump’s big night at the Republican National Convention.
â€œRepublican convention is designed for one purpose, to soothe Donald Trumpâ€™s ego, to make him feel good,â€ said Harris. â€œBut hereâ€™s the thing, heâ€™s the president of the United States and itâ€™s not supposed to be about him.â€
â€œItâ€™s supposed to be about the health, and the safety and the wellbeing of the American people. And on that measure, Donald Trump has failed,â€ the Indian American senator asserted.
â€œYou see, at its most basic level, Donald Trump doesnâ€™t understand the presidency. He thinks itâ€™s all about him. Well, itâ€™s not. Itâ€™s about you. Itâ€™s about all of us, the people,â€ Harris said.
Making a case against Trump, Harris a former California Attorney General said that â€œDonald Trump has failed at the most basic and important job of a president of the United States.â€
â€œHe failed to protect the American people. Plain and simple,â€ she said. Trump showed what we in the legal profession would call a reckless disregard for the wellbeing of the American people.â€
â€œA reckless disregard for the danger a pandemic would pose to American lives, for the devastation it would do to our economy,”
â€œTicking through what she characterized as Trump’s early missteps on the coronavirus pandemic, she said: “Donald Trump froze. He was scared. And he was petty and vindictive.”
She said Trump was “fixated on the stock market” and “caved” to the Chinese government.
“And here’s what you have to understand about the nature of a pandemic: It’s relentless. You can’t stop it with a tweet. You can’t create a distraction and hope it’ll go away. It doesn’t go away,” she said.
Harris’ speech was part of Biden campaign’s efforts to counter Trump — a push that also included Joe Biden interviews on cable news channels Thursday afternoon and a blistering new ad.