Kamala Harris: Donald Trump is a ‘predator’ – USA TODAY
In night two of the Democratic debate, candidates bore down into issues, and each other. Kamala Harris went after Joe Biden for his past on busing.
WASHINGTONÂ â Sen. Kamala Harris labeled President Donald Trump a “predator” that she could take on due to her background as a prosecutor âÂ a new line of attack against the president as the California Democrat is surging following her debate performance last week.
While speaking in Iowa Wednesday, Harris invoked her record as a prosecutor, saying that she had gone after a number of groups that have “preyed” on Americans, including big banks and pharmaceutical companies.
âI know predators,” she said, after rattling off the list. “AndÂ we have a predator living in the White House.”
Harris said that Trump “has predatory nature and predatory instincts.”
“The things about predators you should know, they pray on the vulnerable. They prey on those who they do not believe are strong,” she continued. “The thing about you must importantly know, predators are cowards.
“So when we look at this campaign, and we look at that task before us, it will be to successfully prosecute the case against four more years, against Donald Trump, and I am prepared to do that,” she concluded.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register, Harris explained her decision to describe Trump as a “predator.”.
“I’ve been thinking it,” she said. “â¦Â You look about the instincts and the nature in how he has conducted himself. That is my conclusion.”
The California Democrat gained traction in some recent polls after sheÂ had a powerful exchange during the first Democratic primary debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, whereÂ sheÂ called out Biden for opposing federally mandated busingÂ to integrate schools while he was in Congress.
Harris has leapfrogged into second place in the Democratic 2020 primary race, according toÂ a number of polls. AÂ Quinnipiac poll released TuesdayÂ has her at 20% nationallyÂ â just two percentage points behindÂ from Biden, who is at 22%. She also surged to second place nationally in a CNN poll released Monday.
The California senatorÂ has jumped into second place in Iowa withÂ 16%, according to aÂ Suffolk University/USA TODAY PollÂ releasedÂ Tuesday.
But a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday showed Biden in the top spot among 2020 Democrats, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of VermontÂ with Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tied for third.Â Â
Contributing: Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines Register
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