This week’s news that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had selected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to serve as his running mate was met with celebration by many in the party.
As The Hill reported, however, President Donald Trump and many of his supporters wasted no time directing political attacks at the senator.
“Rushing to the radical left”
Shortly after Tuesday’s announcement, the president responded with a tweet that included his campaign’s latest ad. The video questioned both Harris’ character and Biden’s intelligence.
“Kamala Harris ran for president by rushing to the radical left,” the video’s narrator begins. “Embracing Bernie’s plan for socialized medicine. Calling for trillions in new taxes. Attacking Joe Biden for racist policies.”
The ad went on to focus on Harris’ failed Democratic presidential primary bid, asserting that voters “spotted a phony” and “rejected” her candidacy.
“But not Joe Biden,” the narrator continued. “He’s not that smart. He’s called himself a transition candidate.”
As such, the Trump campaign alleges that Biden is “handing over the reins to Kamala while they jointly embrace the radical left” in planning an agenda for their administration.
“Wrong for America”
“Slow Joe and phony Kamala,” the video concluded. “Perfect together. Wrong for America.”
Trump had his own words to describe Harris, as he revealed in remarks a short time after Biden made his decision public, according to NBC News.
“I was a little surprised that he picked her,” he told reporters during a White House news conference this week. In addition to doing “very, very poorly in the primaries,” Trump described Harris as “nasty” and “disrespectful” toward Biden when the two were rivals.
Senior Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson was among those who expressed similar criticism, claiming that Harris “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists” leading her party.
The Biden team is clearly hoping to portray Harris as a candidate with wide-ranging appeal who can inject some much-needed enthusiasm into the campaign. If the Trump camp’s messaging is successful, however, the choice might be enough to turn off some independent voters who would have otherwise supported the Democratic ticket.