Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday President Trump is empowering white supremacists.
The Democratic presidential candidate told CNN in an interview on her campaign bus that she agrees with her primary opponent and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s earlier remarks that Trump is “encouraging” white supremacists.
“The sad thing about this is it’s no longer really a debatable point. There is just a long list of statements and tweets and behaviors from this president that make it very clear that he possesses hate and that he is divisive and that he is a racist,” Harris said.ADVERTISEMENT
CNN asked Harris if it is important to call Trump a white supremacist.
“I think it’s important to call it what it is which is that we have a president of the United States who does not reflect the values of who we are as a people, he is someone who empowers white supremacists and who condones their behavior, and that is not the kind of president that I think most Americans can be proud of, much less support,” she responded.
Harris stopped short of calling Trump a white supremacist, but suggested CNN should “ask him that.”
“I’d be interested to see what his answer is,” she said.
“I think you should ask him that question,” Kamala Harris says when asked if she thinks President Trump is a white supremacist pic.twitter.com/EtVE9AbUiC
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 8, 2019
Other 2020 candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), have called Trump a white supremacist.
The Democratic attacks follow the El Paso, Texas, shooting Saturday that killed 22 people. The suspected gunman in the shooting allegedly wrote a manifesto describing fears of a Latino “invasion.”
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Trump defended his immigration rhetoric against criticism that it inspired the attack. He told reporters earlier this week his rhetoric “brings people together.”