Indian-American Democratic VP nominee gets into Trump’s hair.
As Joe Biden’s Indian American running mate Kamala Harris moves center stage in the Democratic presidential campaign, President Donald Trump is training his guns at her rather than his challenger.
“No one likes” Harris and her becoming the first woman president “would be an insult to our country,” he said in yet another attack on the first term senator at a campaign rally in North Carolina on Tuesday said “If our foreign adversaries were devising a scheme to cripple America, they could hardly do better than the Biden–Kamala Harris,” said Trump.
“Remember Kamala? She started at 15. She was supposed to win. Problem was she went from 15 to 14 to 12 to 10 to 7 to 4. It’s like a free fall,” he said amid laughter referring to Harris’ falling support during her own abortive presidential bid.
“You know what? People don’t like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be,” said Trump as his supporters booed. “That would be an insult to our country.”
Trump had attacked Harris, who would if elected be just a heartbeat away from presidency, in the same fashion at a White House Labor Day press conference on Monday.
“But I watched Kamala’s poll numbers drop from 15 to almost zero, and then drop out even before she ran in Iowa because people didn’t like her, and I understand why.”
“She will never be President — although I have to be careful, because (Barack) Obama used to say that about me. So I have to be a little bit careful,” Trump said.
Trump was apparently alluding to the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association where Obama made fun of him — and that is said to have propelled real estate mogul’s 2016 presidential run.
“But you have to look at her a little bit more closely, because obviously Joe is not doing too well. So you’re going to have to look at her a little bit too closely,” he said without elaborating.
Trump has frequently attacked the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father since her historic nomination as the first black and South Asian woman on a major party’s presidential ticket.
He has called Harris “not competent” to be the first woman president and “nasty” complaining about her tough questioning of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Meanwhile, according to The Hill, Harris “is moving front and center in the presidential campaign, seeking to build on the momentum from her selection” as Biden’s running mate last month.
She made her first in-person appearance on the campaign trail in Wisconsin on Monday, and appeared in an online video with former President Obama Tuesday morning.
She will campaign in Miami on Thursday amid polling showing a tightening race in Florida, the largest battleground state.
Harris, the Hill said, “has injected some excitement into a campaign that has been constrained by precautions around the coronavirus.”
“She is helping to energize the base of the Democratic Party as well as helping with outreach to younger voters and women,” Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist who was senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, was quoted as saying.
“She is doing what you expect from a vice president — to deepen support and broaden support.”
Harris, 55, “also brings some sense of newness to the ticket headed by Biden, 77, who was first elected to the US Senate in 1972,” the Hill said.
“Democrats are largely enthused by Harris’s performance so far, viewing her as someone who can boost Biden without eclipsing him,” it said.
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