Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his colleague on Tuesday. He made history by selecting the first black woman to run on a major party presidential ticket and recognizing the crucial role black voters will play in his attempt to defeat President Donald Trump.
The president condemned the election, saying on Fox News that Harris described Biden as "essentially racist."
But he also announced that Harris would have been his first choice if he had a choice of whom he and Vice President Pence would most like to face next November.
“It did very, very badly in the primary, it got about two percent,” Trump noted. & # 39; She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. It's hard to pick someone who was so disrespectful, ”Trump said, referring to a moment in the democratic debates last summer.
Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his colleague on Tuesday. He made history by selecting the first black woman to run on a major party presidential ticket and recognizing the crucial role black voters will play in his attempt to defeat President Donald Trump
Harris will make his first appearance with Biden as his runner-up at an event on Wednesday near his Delaware home
The president told reporters that Harris was "the most liberal person in the US Senate".
"I would have thought Biden would have tried to stay away from it a bit," he said.
In the election of Harris, Biden hugs a former Democratic primary rival who is familiar with the uniquely rigor of a national campaign. The 55-year-old first-term senator, who is also of South Asian descent, is one of the party's most famous figures. After ending her own campaign in the White House, she quickly became a top contender for # 2.
She will make her first appearance with Biden as his runner-up at an event on Wednesday near his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
In announcing the election, Biden called Harris a "fearless fighter for the little guy and one of the best public servants in the country". She said Biden would "unite the American people" and "build an America that lives up to our ideals".
Harris joins Biden in a moment of unprecedented national crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 160,000 people in the United States, far more than in other countries. Business closures and disruptions as a result of the pandemic have created serious economic problems. Riots have now erupted across the country as Americans protest against racism and police brutality.
Trump's unequal handling of the crises has given Biden an opening, and he's entering the fall campaign in a strong position against the president. By adding Harris to the ticket, he can point to her relatively centrist track record on issues such as health care and her background in law enforcement in the largest state in the country.
"She was very angry," said President Donald Trump of Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's new vice presidential election
Trump's first on-camera remarks came Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at the White House where he revealed that his surprise was mainly due to Harris & # 39; & # 39; very bad & # 39; main performance was due.
"If she said things during the debates, during the main Democratic debates that were terrible for Sleepy Joe, I would have thought you hadn't picked her," Trump said, insulting his main competitor.
Later on Tuesday night, during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, the president continued to express his surprise at Biden's election.
& # 39; She was one of those people who was expected to have a chance of winning. Everything she did when people met her was down she went. She finished with 2%, probably less than that, and she fled. Remember how fast. She said terrible things about Biden … She made terrible statements. She essentially called him a racist. And other things that were very bad.
“She was my first choice. She was the one I thought was the best for us. & # 39;
President Donald Trump's campaign is already trying to turn angry clashes between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vice President Sen. Kamala Harris into hay
At his Tuesday press conference, Trump launched a series of furious personal attacks and allegations against the nation's first black female vice-presidential candidate whom Sen. Harris described as "evil" and "mean".
Trump made up for the insults from the White House podium, picking up a Vice President election that the Democrats embraced, in part because of their television experience, after vowing to "prosecute" Trump.
"She was very angry – one of the reasons that surprised me, she was probably more evil to Joe Biden than Pocahontas," Trump said, using the bow he often appends to Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, another contender.
Trump also raised their explosions at Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.
“I watched her for a long time and was a little surprised. She was extremely angry with Judge Kavanaugh, now Judge Kavanaugh. She was so angry it was just a horrible thing how she was now, how she was treating Justice Kavanaugh now. And I'm not going to forget that anytime soon, ”Trump said of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.
The Trump campaign immediately tried to label Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) As "wrong".
"I thought she was the meanest, horrible and disrespectful person in the US Senate," told Kavanaugh, who faced rape allegations during his confirmatory hearing, which Kavanaugh denied.
Trump also called her a "person who has told a great many stories that are not true" and made repeated efforts to bind her to the "radical left."
Trump was much higher up with Harris when asked about her a few days ago on July 29, when she was already on the news as a potential choice. "I think she would be a good choice, Kamala Harris, she would be a good choice," Trump said in the White House.
His campaign stayed away from the same harsh personal assaults in a press conference with reporters mostly focused on ideology, though the campaign only allowed two questions before it ended.
Senator Marsha Blackburn accused Harris of being in favor of protected cities and "open borders," but particularly reiterated Trump's allegations that Harris was mean and evil.
The attacks from the White House podium came after Biden selected as his candidate the former rival who delivered the fiercest attack of the 2020 nomination process – a Senate club member who accused him of working on segregationists and opposing school buses.
They pointed to a tense exchange from the primary debates
It was a dramatic moment that the Trump campaign did not remember for long. Shortly after being selected, Team Trump released a web video describing Harris as "wrong" and "Joe Biden attacked for racist politics."
Attempts have also been made to cast her as part of the “radical left,” though one reason Biden chose Harris is because of her record as a former California attorney general, potentially mitigating attacks on a candidate.
The video showed a picture of Harris' performance in a debate where Harris pushed Biden back with her attack.
"Meet the Wrong Kamala Harris!" The Trump campaign wrote in a tweet that included the video.
A Trump campaign text called "Phony Kamala" using only her first name, an indication that this may be the insult Trump is trying to brand her with.
At the stage of debate, Harris accused Biden of working with segregationists and told him, "If these segregationists had their way, I wouldn't be a member of the United States Senate," she told him.
On another debate, she accused Biden of opposing bus traffic, although he denied it.
"There was a little girl in California who was in second grade to integrate her public schools and she was taken to school by bus every day, and that little girl was me," Harris said.
She added: “I will tell you that there cannot be any intellectual debate among Democrats on this issue. We have to take it seriously. We have to act quickly. & # 39;
Harris subsequently posted a picture of herself as a girl riding the bus to school.
Biden shot back at Harris for her time as California prosecutor.
Harris called on Biden for "working with segregationists". Seen here with former Dixiecrat candidate Senator Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).
"I didn't praise racists," he said to her. "If we want to have a legal battle over who supports civil rights, I'll be happy to," he added. & # 39; I was a public defender. I wasn't a prosecutor. & # 39;
He has also held on to his promise to work with Republicans, defending efforts to work with those he disagreed with during his decades-long Senate career in his own party.
Biden's decision to choose Harris over several other women suggests that he buried the hatchet. Online Tuesday he called her "a fearless little fella fighter and one of the best public servants in the country".
He also praised her for working with his late son Beau, who served as Attorney General for Delaware.
When Kamala was the attorney general, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took over the big banks, picked up working people and protected women and children from abuse. I was proud then and now I am proud to have her as my partner in this campaign, "said Biden.
Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden's notes refer to Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Among others, while speaking to William & # 39; Hicks & # 39; at a campaign event at the Anderson Community Center. speaks in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The notes called her "respected" and a "great help to the campaign".
Biden had previously upheld "courtesy" and talked about his time with people he disagreed with, such as democratic segregationists in the Senate. Harris called the remark "hurtful".
Biden admitted he was thrown off the tough attack after Harris first launched it.
& # 39; & # 39; Sure they would come after me. I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn't prepared for the person to come up to me as they come up to me, ”Biden told CNN of the debate confrontation. “She knows me,” he said to CNN afterward.
“I get all of this information about other people's pasts and what they did and what they didn't do. I won't go there, ”he said.
The Trump video accuses Biden of "handing over the reins to Kamala while they embrace the radical left together," a sign Trump plans to hammer his two rivals.
But maybe it was Harris' own accusations that drew Biden to her the most. As his running mate, she will likely spend a lot of time attacking Trump, whom Biden himself accused of fueling racism.
Senator Kamala Harris (L) (D-CA) hugs former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate after introducing him at a rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan on March 9, 2020
"Joe Biden Made That Decision": Barack Obama praised Kamala Harris' election as Vice President, while Hollywood liberal celebs share their hopes for change
Former President Barack Obama joined top Democrats on Tuesday to praise Joe Biden's decision to elect California Sen, Kamala Harris, as his rival in the November election
Former President Barack Obama joined top Democrats on Tuesday to praise Joe Biden's decision to elect California Sen, Kamala Harris, as his rival in the November election.
& # 39; Joe Biden made that decision. With the election of Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next Vice President, he has underscored his own judgment and character, ”Obama said in a statement.
“I've known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She has spent her career defending our constitution and fighting for people who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let's win this thing, ”he added.
Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, stepped in, saying, “I'm very excited to welcome @KamalaHarris to an historic Democratic ticket.
“She has already proven to be an incredible officer and leader. And I know she will be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in order for her to come back and be elected. & # 39;
& # 39; Joe Biden made that decision. With the election of Senator Kamala Harris as America’s next Vice President, he has underscored his own judgment and character, ”Obama said in a statement
“I've known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She has spent her career defending our constitution and fighting for people who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let's win this thing, ”Obama added
Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic nomination, shared his views on Twitter.
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris for making history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care, and overthrow the most corrupt administration in history. & # 39;
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was on Biden's potential runner-up list, wrote: & # 39; Congratulations to @kamalaharris and @JoeBiden on an amazing and historic ticket. Now let's win! & # 39;
US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas said, “I have tears in my eyes, but joy in my soul.
“I am so overwhelmed that I know women across the nation, women of color and yes black women can finally see their status in this nation. Thank you Vice President Biden … & # 39;
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who also ran for the 2020 Democratic President nomination, tweeted, “Delighted that Sen. @KamalaHarris is our vice presidential candidate!
& # 39; This is a historic moment and I know that her leadership, experience and character will help move our country forward as she and @JoeBiden take back the White House!
& # 39; Kamala is a good friend and an incredibly strong civil servant. Sometimes campaigns can tear friendships apart, but we've gotten closer – and I know she has what it takes to run side by side with @JoeBiden, ”added Klobuchar.
Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James tweeted his support for the vice president election
Taylor Swift's answer was short and sweet as she endorsed Harris & # 39; VP run for the 2020 ticket
Singer John Legend said he hoped the Biden-Harris ticket would "allow people to recover from this nightmare presidency."
Hollywood stars as well as famous sports stars and singers also tweeted their approval of Biden's VP Pick.
LeBron James and Taylor Swift were among the big names who shared their support for Biden's November election on Twitter.
"I love to see and support it!" said the Los Angeles Lakers striker, tweeting a series of clapping emojis.
Taylor Swift just said & # 39; YES & # 39; tweeted to Harris & # 39; own announcement on Twitter earlier in the day.
Singer John Legend tweeted, “We are very excited to have our friend and senator and future Vice President @KamalaHarris and very much look forward to voting for the Biden Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of moving away from this nightmare presidency recover and build a balanced situation better future. & # 39;
His wife Chrissy Teigen supported her husband. & # 39; F *** yes. excited to choose !! still amazed Election day is not a national holiday. It has to be celebrated, with a crawl after the vote, ”she wrote.
The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff tweeted an amusing GIF of Rudolph in her role as Kamala Harris on Saturday night
Harris & # 39; frequent Saturday Night Live impersonator Maya Rudolph responded to the news in an interview and a Zoom call on Entertainment Weekly.
"Oh damn it," said Rudolph when she heard the news.
“I like going to the show. I love every excuse I can get. I just didn't really expect to travel during a pandemic, but if there's someone out there who can sort this out, Lorne Michaels sure has an invisible helicopter to take me there, ”she joked.
Rudolph was nominated for an Emmy for posing as Harris on the comedy sketch show.
"I'm as surprised as you are folks." She said, "That's spicy."
"Someone is going to be very busy now," said comedian Wanda Sykes, who was also on the Zoom call.
Some Biden advisors saw Harris as a logical choice from the start. She was one of the party's most popular figures, was a skilled debater and a fundraiser. She had been thoroughly vetted during her own campaign, and Biden's team expected that there would be few surprises if the choice was her.
In fact, the potential downsides of Harris were known to the Biden advisors. Her record as a California attorney was skeptical by some younger Democrats during the primary election and would be scrutinized in the light of a national debate on inequality in criminal justice.
There were also sensitive questions about Harris' most famous moment in the primary campaign – a tough and deeply personal broadside against Biden for his position on the school bus in the 1970s. Though Biden later brushed the moment aside as a campaign tactic, the attack reportedly baffled the former vice president, who had viewed his relationship with Harris as strong. A small cadre of Biden advisors were also concerned that Harris would keep an eye on the Oval Office himself from the start. This is particularly worrying given that Biden did not firmly commit to two terms when he was elected in November.
And so, as spring turned into summer, a number of other black women spun in the spotlight as Biden pondered his options. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Florida MP Val Demings impressed Biden's team with their leadership during the protests against police brutality.
Several House Democrats – including South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, a close confidante of Biden – advocated Rep. Karen Bass, a Californian who presides over the Congressional Black Caucus. Biden was also very interested in Susan Rice, with whom he worked closely while serving as National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama in the White House.
Joe Biden called Harris "a fearless little fella fighter and one of the best public servants in the country" on Tuesday.
Leading candidates, which included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, submitted tons of financial records, speeches, and other personal information. Biden's selection team interviewed a variety of Democrats to ask for their views on the candidates' temperament and families, and then grilled the candidates down some of it.
Biden also regularly discussed his potential choice with his extensive network of friends and advisors. He used Obama as a sounding board in particular, although confidants of both men said the former president was careful not to shake hands with whom he preferred during these talks.
But in private, Obama suggested to others that he thought Harris was the favorite.
In a conversation Harris had with the Review Committee, Chris Dodd – a longtime Biden friend who served alongside him in the Senate – asked if she had any remorse for attacking his bus record during the debate stage.
Harris, as she had done publicly before, simply brushed it aside as politics. Dodd, a member of the runners-up selection committee, was removed and announced. The incident was first reported by Politico and confirmed to The Associated Press by someone with direct knowledge.
Vice President Joe Biden takes the Senate oath of office to Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., While her husband Douglas Emhoff takes the Bible during a mock ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, January 1, in the Hand holds 3rd 2017 when the 115th Congress begins
The public disclosure of Dodd's comments angered some of the most senior women on Biden's campaign team. Several of Harris' allies have also rallied to defend them, including California Governor Eleni Kounalakis, who organized a call to Biden's review team about two weeks ago to dispel doubts about whether the Senator was the right choice for the ticket.
On the 45-minute call, Kounalakis and other nationwide officials, labor and business leaders took turns sharing their personal stories and impressions of her as a leader with Harris.
"Talking together like us helped them understand how supported they are and why," said Kounalakis on Tuesday.
The call ended with Biden's review team telling Harris supporters that they had all recommended her as one of the top candidates for the job.
The pandemic had largely grounded Biden in his home state of Delaware all summer, and had also turned some of the methods he'd expected to use for building a relationship with competitors on their heads. There were no joint rallies or carefully orchestrated but casual-looking trips to local restaurants in battlefield states. Biden also took in few personal visitors to his home.
Harris brought some of the sharpest attacks against Biden during the debates, but their campaign eventually fell apart
But he wanted to speak one-on-one with the women who made it through the review process and interviews with his selection committee. In the nine days before making his choice, he had conversations with eleven women – a mixture of face-to-face meetings and video conferencing.
Whitmer was among those who flew to Delaware for a personal audience. On August 2, she embarked on a private plan in Lansing, Michigan, spending only a few hours on-site before returning to Michigan.
Rice, who may have had the closest personal relationship with Biden, has spoken to Biden twice in the past few days. Duckworth also had an official interview over the weekend, as did Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who was originally considered a leading candidate for the job.
On Tuesday, in the hours before his campaign announced Harris as an election, Biden called each of these women to tell them they had not been selected. Warren, whose relationship with Biden has been deepened through regular political discussions over the past few months, also received a personal call from the former Vice President.
In some conversations, Biden left one opportunity open. Please consider joining me in another role in administration, he said.
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