Donald Trump has wasted no time in attacking Joe Biden’s new running mate Kamala Harris.
The US president said his Democrat rival was his ‘number one pick’ as he reacted to the news of the California senator making history as the first black woman to join a major party’s ticket.
Within a few minutes, Trump had already described Harris as ‘nasty’, ‘disrespectful’ and the ‘meanest’.
Trump, who according to the Washington Post has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims while president, said: ‘She is a person that’s told many, many stories that weren’t true.’
He began painting Harris as someone who is too-far left, saying she wants to raise taxes, slash funds for the military and ban fracking.
Harris will appear alongside Biden for the first time as the Democrat’s vice president candidate at an event later today in Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden called Harris a ‘fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.’
While Harris said Biden would ‘unify the American people’ and ‘build an America that lives up to our ideals.’
She joins Biden at a moment of unprecedented national crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 people in the US, more than any other country.
Business closures and disruptions during 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 largest state.
Harris’s record as California attorney general and district attorney in San Francisco was heavily scrutinised during the Democratic primary and turned away some liberals and younger Black voters who saw her as out of step on issues of racism in the legal system and police brutality.
She declared herself a ‘progressive prosecutor’ who backs law enforcement reforms.
Biden, who spent eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, has spent months weighing who would fill that same role in his White House.
He pledged in March to select a woman as his vice president, easing frustration among Democrats that the presidential race would centre on two white men in their 70s.
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