Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) unleashed blistering criticism of President Trump’s attacks against 4 of progressive Democratic Congresswomen on Tuesday evening, saying his behavior “defiles” the White House and that he had taken the presidency to a “new low.”
“I think it’s un-American. It is unbecoming of the president of the United States,” Harris told CNN’s Kyung Lah. “I think it defiles the office of the president of the United States. It is irresponsible, it is hateful, it is hurtful and he has taken the presidency to a new low.”
The 2020 presidential hopeful urged Mr Trump to “go back to where he came from and leave that office”. Her comments came after the House of Representatives voted to condemn the US president’s racist tweets on Tuesday night.
On Sunday, Mr Trump had said some Democratic congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.
While the US president did not name the targets of his attack, the context of his tweet made it clear it was aimed at a group of four progressive Democratic women of colour – Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
WASHINGTON |AIWA! NO!| – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, will seek to run for the White House again in 2020, he said in an interview that aired on Tuesday.
Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, made the announcement in an interview on Vermont Public Radio (VPR). He promised a “very different campaign” in an effort to oust Republican President Donald Trump.
“The current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country,” Sanders told VPR. “He is a pathological liar… he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants.”
Sanders joins an increasingly crowded field seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to run against Trump next year.
The list already includes his fellow senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
He is expected to make an official campaign announcement later on Tuesday in an online video, Vermont Public radio said.
Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by John Stonestreet