WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign says Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s choice for vice president, was an overzealous prosecutor trying to hide her crime-fighting past who is now weak on crime. It says she is the most radical pick for vice president ever but too moderate to energize progressive Democrats on the left.
“The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!” he tweeted Wednesday. As has been typical, Trump incorrectly spelled the name of the Democratic senator and former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, trolling the media habit of mentioning such “mistakes”.
The Trump campaign and supporting political pundits have portrayed the Democratic ticket as out of step with the country.
During his Fox News program on Tuesday, host Sean Hannity called Harris the “most radical running mate ever.”
Some Republicans point out the fallacy of media narratives that claim the messaging is coherent.
“So to sum up: Kamala Harris is a cop — who is an anti-police extremist. A radical leftist — who is causing a ‘revolt’ among Bernie voters. A phony — who was too nasty to Joe Biden.” wrote Tim Miller, who previously served as senior adviser to an anti-Trump political action committee and as an RNC spokesperson.
Harris broadly condemned Trump and his administration but didn’t address his specific remarks about her.
Trump has said publicly that Harris was his “No. 1 draft pick” and that he thought she would help his political prospects.
The Trump campaign plans a counter-programming schedule during next week’s Democratic National Convention, which will be a virtual, online event.
The president was poised to hold events in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona early in the week. On Thursday, the day of Biden’s acceptance speech, Trump may make an appearance in the former vice president’s former hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“This has completed the leftist takeover of the party and of their radical agenda,” said Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who claimed Harris “will be the most liberal leftist nominee for VP that our country has ever seen” and cited her support for the Black Lives Matter group.
—AP stories contributed to this report.