Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘We Have a Predator Living in the White House’

Melanie Arter | July 5, 2019 | 3:04pm EDT
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( - Speaking to supporters at a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, sponsored by NARAL Pro-Choice America on Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris called President Donald Trump “a predator.”

As a prosecutor, Harris said she successfully prosecuted “big banks who preyed on homeowners, prosecuted pharmaceutical companies who preyed on seniors, prosecuted transnational criminal organizations who preyed on women and children, and I will tell you, we have a predator living in the White House.”


“And the thing about this person is he’s got predatory instincts and a predatory nature, because let me tell you a secret about predators, they prey on the vulnerable. They prey on those whom they assume are weak. They prey on those who they assume are desperate, and the thing about predators is this: they’re cowards, and what we need and want in our America is a president of the United States who recognizes that her strength derives from an ability not to beat people down, but lift people up, lift them up,” she said.

Harris said Trump ran on the promise to make America great again, but “he has actually betrayed America.”



“He ran on a platform that said, farmers, I’m gonna take care of y’all. Well I don’t need to tell Iowa that this so-called trade policy, trade by tweet has resulted in Iowa farmers, some whom are looking at bankruptcy, those who had cultivated a market over at least the last decade in China to sell soybeans, those soybeans are now sitting rotting in bins,” the senator said.

“I don’t need to tell you how he betrayed people when we’re looking at the fact that it is very possible that as many as 700,000 auto workers in the United States may lose their job by the end of the year. Let’s talk about betrayal of American families when because of that so-called trade policy, which I call the Trump trade tax, American families right now are spending $1.4 billion a month more for everything from shampoo to washing machines,” she said.

Harris accused the president of wanting to take America backward but said her campaign is “prepared to turn the page.”

“And so look at the rap sheet on this case. Let’s look at the rap sheet, shall we? So let’s look at the fact that [Trump] promised working people that they’d be helped, but then he passes a tax bill benefiting the top one percent and the biggest corporations. You look at the Trump trade tax. You can look at what’s happening in terms of yet again continuous attempts to take health care from American families, including reviving pre-existing conditions as a ban on getting access to health care,” she said.

“You look at the fact that there are children in cages, and they’re separating children from their parents in the name of border security, which in fact, what that is, is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government. There’s plenty of evidence to prosecute this case,” Harris said.


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