Senator Kamala Harris is in the running alongside Presidential candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 election campaign against current President Donald Trump. Harris is the first woman of color to run for the White House.
In 2017, Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California. She is the second African-American woman and the very first South Asian-American senator in our history. If elected, she would be the first female and first Vice President of color.
Senator Bernie Sanders defended Biden’s choice of Harris on Sunday, saying that “a majority of progressives understand the importance of defeating President Donald Trump come November.”
This comes in the wake of vocal criticism against Kamala Harris–most against her history as a prosecutor (Harris previously served as District Attorney of San Francisco, as well as the Attorney General of California). Progressive voters cite Harris’ approaches during these times as an issue, saying it does not meet the moment, particularly with Black Lives Matter protests running rampant.
However, Sanders continued to defend Harris, saying, “I think she’s an asset for the Biden campaign, and I think she’s going to do great on the campaign trail.” He continued to praise Harris, also saying, “[Harris is] incredibly smart [and] incredibly tough.”
President Trump however was extremely vocal against Harris. He called Harris “nasty” and “a madwoman.” He even pushed a conspiracy theory that Harris isn’t eligible for the vice presidential running.
Not deterred, Harris fired back, saying, “They’re going to engage in an attempt to distract from the real issues that are impacting the American people. And I expect that they will engage in dirty tactics. And this is going to be a knockdown, drag-out. And we’re ready.”
She continued to laugh off Trump’s attacks, “So, I was born in Oakland, and raised in the United States except for the years that I was in high school [in Montreal, Canada]. And look, this is the same thing they did to Barack [Obama]. This is not new to us and so I think that we know what they are trying to do.”