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Harris: Trump’s ‘Statements, Tweets and Behaviors…Make It Very Clear He Possesses Hate and…is a Racist’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 9, 2019 | 2:48pm EDT
Sen. Kamala Harris in Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 8, 2019. (Getty Images/Justin Sullivan)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) said in an interview with CNN aboard he campaign bus on Thursday that President Donald Trump “statements and tweets and behaviors” make it clear that he “is a racist.”

“The sad thing about this is it is no longer really a debatable point,” Harris said in an interview with CNN’s Kyung Lah. “There is just a long list of statements and tweets and behaviors from this president that make it very clear that he possesses hate and that he is divisive and that he is a racist.”

Lah had asked Harris: “Do you believe, as Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke have said that he is a white supremacist?”

Here is a transcript of the part of the interview where Harris says that President Trump “possesses hate” and “is a racist”:

Kyung Lah: “Do you believe as Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke have said that he is a white supremacist?”

Kamala Harris: “I think you should ask him that question.”

Lah: “Are you willing to say that?”

Harris: “I think you should ask him that question. I would be interested to see what his answer is.”

Lah: “Joe Biden has said today that the president has, what he has done, quote, "encourages white supremacy." That he doesn't feel that there's much of a distinction and that what he is doing may be worse. Do you concur with those words?”

Harris: “Yeah, I think that's absolutely right. I think that’s absolutely right. This is a president who has, I mean we don't even need--the sad thing about this is it is no longer really a debatable point. There is just a long list of statements and tweets and behaviors from this president that make it very clear that he possesses hate and that he is divisive and that he is a racist.”

Lah: “Is it important to call him a white supremacist, though, as some of that your competitors have said?”

Harris: “I think it is important to call it what it is, which is that we have a president of the United States who does not reflect the values of who we are as a people. He is someone who gives, who empowers white supremacists and who condones their behavior and that is not the kind of president that I think most Americans can be proud of, much less support.”

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