Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris said President Donald Trump’s recent tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color ‘defile the office of the United States’ and slammed him for ‘taking the presidency to a new low’.
The California Democratic senator unleashed her wrath on the president in a Tuesday interview with CNN, saying he ‘needs to go back where he came from and leave that office’.
Harris said Trump’s Twitter tirade was ‘un-American’ and ‘unbecoming of the President,’ joining several other presidential candidates in the condemnation.
Trump posted on Sunday: ‘So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.’
Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris said President Donald Trump ‘s recent tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color ‘defile the office of the United States’. She also called his tirade ‘un-America’ in an interview with CNN
The California Democratic senator told CNN Trump ‘has taken the presidency to a new low’
‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,’ he suggested. ‘Then come back and show us how it is done.’
It is widely believed Trump was referring to Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Harris said Trump’s rant ‘defiles the office of the United States. It is irresponsible. It is hateful. It is hurtful. And he has taken the presidency to a new low.’
Harris said it’s personal for her as a member of the Senate and as the daughter of immigrants.
She told supporters in Iowa on Tuesday that she has also been told to ‘go back to where you came from’.
‘Many of us have been told that,’ she said, adding that plenty of hands went up in the audience when she asked who had heard the racist trope.
But the senator added that it is ‘one thing to hear it in a school yard or on the street, it is another thing to hear that from the President of the United States’.
She said it was another example that Trump ‘does not understand the responsibility that comes with that office’.
Trump on Sunday told congresswomen to go fix the countries they are originally from before getting involved with American politics. It is believed he is referring to AOC, Pressley, Tlaib and Omar
Harris, who launched her campaign earlier this year, said the role of the commander in chief is to ‘lift people up, and not beat them down’.
‘I don’t think that we can survive having a President of the United States who uses whatever voice he has in a way that is about dividing and fueling hate in our country,’ Harris told CNN’s Kyung Lah.
She accused Trump of ‘lighting fires around the issue of race and ethnicity,’ adding ‘it’s disgusting’.
Her comments came as the House voted to condemn Trump’s tweets on Tuesday.
The vote was 240 in favor with 187 opposed. Four Republicans and Justin Amash, the Republican lawmaker turned Independent, voted with Democrats to condemn the president.
The debate over the condemnation of the president’s tweets brought chaos to the House floor and froze the chamber for over an hour after a Republican lawmaker objected to Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling the president a ‘racist.’
Harris’ comments came as the House voted 240 to 187 to condemn Trump’s tweets on Tuesday
Trump reacted to the House vote to condemn his recent remarks by praising the Republican members for unity and again blasting the ‘squad’ of freshman Congresswomen
The four Democratic Reps. who were the targets of Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley
Meanwhile, the four freshman lawmakers at the center of the controversy gave a new interview with CBS This Morning, which is set to air on Wednesday morning.
Michigan Representative Tlaib called Trump ‘the biggest bully I’ve ever had to deal with in my lifetime’.
Harris recently slammed Trump as a ‘predator’ and said she was ready to prosecute him in a heated campaign speech delivered in Iowa on July 3.
‘I know predators, and we have a predator living in the White House. And let me tell you, there’s a little secret about predators. Donald Trump has predatory nature and predatory instincts,’ she said as the crowd broke out into applause.
‘I’m prepared to prosecute the case. And I’m going to tell you in terms of my background,’ Harris said before listing off groups she prosecuted in her over two-decade law enforcement career in California.
Her ‘predator’ statements followed her criticism of Trump’s trade and health policies and his handling of migrant crisis at the southern border.
CBS This Morning’s Gayle King (left) interviews the ‘squad’ in a segment set to air Wednesday
Harris called Trump a ‘predator’ in a speech at a campaign event in West Des Moines, Iowa on July 3
In the Tuesday CNN interview, Harris also spoke about the issue of healthcare.
She defended her position on ‘Medicare for All,’ arguing that there would be no role for private insurance under her view of the sweeping health care plan because ‘almost everything will be covered’.
She dismissed critiques by former Vice President Joe Biden comparing the plan to Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare.
Biden has argued that it would be ‘a sin’ to do away with the former president’s sweeping health care law to enact the new proposal.
But Harris denied that she would eliminate Obamacare, saying her plan would built on it.
The senator said her view of Medicare for All ‘means that everyone will have access to health care and costs will not be a barrier’.
Harris said private insurance would only ‘cover what is otherwise not covered’.
Her plan would be financed by taxing Wall Street transactions.
‘Part of it is going to have to be about Wall Street paying more. It’s going to have to be about looking at how we and what we tax in terms of financial services,’ she said.
‘But the other part of it is to understand that this is about an investment which will reap a great return on the investment. We can’t only look at this issue in terms of cost without thinking about benefit.’
Another Biden criticism of Harris has been about promising to use executive orders on prescription drug prices as president if Congress did not enact her plan within the first 100 days, while accusing Trump of abusing executive orders.
Harris said: ‘Where it fails to act and where there is a longstanding and deep need for action by the American people, then where the authority exists in the executive branch to use executive power and take executive action, I am prepared to do it.’
‘I believe in just getting stuff done,’ she added.