President Trump has expressed surprise about Joe Biden’s pick for vice president, Kamala Harris, saying that the California senator had previously labeled Biden as ‘essentially racist.’
But he also revealed that Harris would have been his ‘number one pick’, if he were to be given a choice over who he and Vice President Pence would most like to face off against this coming November.
Biden named Harris as his running mate on Tuesday afternoon, making history by selecting the first black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.
By Tuesday night, the president continued to denounce Biden’s choice on Fox News.
‘She was one of the people that was projected to have a chance at winning. All she did as people got to know her, she went down. She finished at 2%, probably less than that and she fled. Remember how quickly. She said horrible things about Biden… She made terrible statements. She essentially called him a racist. And other things that were very bad.
Shortly after the news ohad been announced Trump revealed that he was ‘a little surprised’ given her ‘very poor’ primary performance.
‘She did very very poorly in primaries, she ended up right around two per cent,’ Trump noted.
‘She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. It’s hard to pick someone that was that disrespectful,’ Trump continued referring to a moment in the Democratic debates last summer.
‘When she said things during the debates, during the Democratic primary debates that were horrible about Sleepy Joe, I would think you would not have picked her,’ Trump said, slipping in an insult against his chief rival.
But despite his surprise, Trump said that Harris would have also been his pick in order to secure victory and a second term in the White House.
‘She was my number one draft pick. She was the one I thought would be the best for us.’
The president told reporters that Harris was ‘about the most liberal person in the U.S. Senate.’
‘I would have thought that Biden would have tried to stay away from that a little bit,’ he said.
In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. The 55-year-old first-term senator, who is also of South Asian descent, is one of the party’s most prominent figures. She quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.
She will appear with Biden for the first time as his running mate at an event Wednesday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
In announcing the pick, Biden called Harris a ‘fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.’ She said Biden would ‘unify the American people’ and ‘build an America that lives up to our ideals.’
Harris joins Biden at a moment of unprecedented national crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 people in the U.S., far more than the toll experienced in other countries. Business closures and disruptions resulting from the pandemic have caused severe economic problems. Unrest, meanwhile, has emerged across the country as Americans protest racism and police brutality.
Trump’s uneven handling of the crises has given Biden an opening, and he enters the fall campaign in strong position against the president. In adding Harris to the ticket, he can point to her relatively centrist record on issues such as health care and her background in law enforcement in the nation’s large….