During his first press conference since Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, President Donald Trump took aim at Harris and gave a preview of what to expect from the Trump campaign with less than 90 days until Election Day on Nov. 3.
Standing at the podium in the press briefing room, Trump attempted to show a sense of confidence when asked on his thoughts about Biden’s VP selection, telling reporters that Harris was his “number one draft pick.”
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“We’ll see how she looks. She did very, very poorly in the primaries,” Trump said. He went on to call the California senator “nasty” and accused of her of being “disrespectful” toward members of his cabinet and his Supreme Court nominee Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate hearings over claims that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.
“I won’t forget that,” he said.
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Trump continued to assail Harris, calling her “the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.” He also said she was the “most liberal” person in the Senate.
What’s more, Trump attempted to use Harris’ jab at Biden over desegregation busing during a Democratic primary debate as a way to draw a wedge within the ticket.
“She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden. She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden,” Trump said, using the racist nickname he’s lodged at Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the years. “It’s hard to pick somebody that said disrespectful things during the Democratic primary debates that were horrible about Sleepy Joe.”
Trump also attempted to call out Harris on her policy positions, an apparent tactic to provoke Republican and conservative-leaning voters to show up at the polls on Nov. 3.
“She wants to slash funds for our military at a level that nobody’s can even believe … she is against fracking … I mean, how do you do that and go into Pennsylvania or Oklahoma or the great state of Texas?” Trump said.
“She in favor of socialized medicine, where you’re gonna lose your doctors, you’re going to lose your plans. She wants to take your health care plans away from 180 million Americans.”
Trump has a history of calling women “nasty.” He infamously used the term during a debate against his then-Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.
Harris, 55, is the first Black and Indian American woman to be selected as a vice-presidential pick in the nation’s history. If elected, she will become the first woman and the first woman of color to serve as the 49th vice president of the United States.
“.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals,” Senator Harris tweeted shortly after Biden made his announcement.
“I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”
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