Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls out Biden for quoting Muhammad pronouncing Sharia law in remarks to Muslim voters

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali responds to Biden's comments on Islam

Hoover Institution research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali says Biden's team may have been fed ideas by non-tolerant Muslim lobbyists.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden quoted the Muslim prophet Muhammad pronouncing Sharia law during an address to Muslim voters last month, Hoover Institution research fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali told “Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday.

Carlson played several clips from the July 20 remarks, in which Biden vowed to end Trump's "Muslim ban on day one" of his administration and stated, "I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths."


According to Ali, elsewhere in his speech, Biden said, "'If you see something wrong' — and he quotes the Prophet Muhammad — 'use your hand. If you can't use your hand, use your tongue and if you can't use your tongue, use your heart.'" What he's basically doing from that point onwards is enforcing Sharia law and it is vigilantism on steroids.

“If you’re a Muslim, [if] you grew up within Islam trying to reform it, or [are] just a good American Muslim, you’re being confronted with … a candidate for a major political party who’s basically saying 'Let’s enforce Sharia law,” Ali went on. “I’m with him on 'Let’s fight [anti-Muslim] discrimination, we should not be bullying Muslim children' … but I don’t know who puts these words in his mouth and I’m alarmed.”


The Somali-born Ali, who has left the Muslim faith and is now an atheist, explained that Sharia law is based on the concept of “commanding right and forbidding wrong,” which she told Carlson she “cannot believe” Biden is promoting in the year 2020.

“I understand Joe Biden doesn’t know what he’s doing and I think most Americans don’t,” she said. “But he does have a campaign team… Joe Biden should come out and apologize profusely to the American people, especially to those American Muslims who have adopted and embraced the foundational principles of America.”

If he did so, she added, he would show a “great trait of leadership”.


However, she added, “this group of people … who lured him into saying these things, I know that they are part of the Islamist groups — we call them the Muslim Brotherhood, I do know that the people who look after him, the campaign team, were not on red alert and that they didn’t stop him from saying this type of thing.”

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Trump warns of mail-in voting ‘disaster’, predicts China, Russia will be ‘grabbing plenty’ of ballots

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Trump on mail-in voting: 'Rigged election waiting to happen,' 'catastrophic corruption'

President Trump says the federal courts need to step in to prevent mail-in ballots or we'll never know who won the election

President Trump doubled down on his criticism of mail-in voting on Tuesday, telling Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview that it would lead to “catastrophic corruption,” and slammed the process as "a rigged election waiting to happen."

"This whole thing with his mail-in ballots, that's a rigged election waiting to happen. It's rigged and everyone knows it," Trump said.


"You can't send out 16 million mail-in ballots … who knows who's getting them?" he argued. "The mailmen are going to get them, people are going to just grab batches of them and you talk about China and Russia, they'll be grabbing plenty of them. It's a disaster. It's a rigged election waiting to happen."

The president and the GOP have been warning for months about possible fraud connected to mail-in voting. The RNC and the Trump reelection campaign have doubled their legal budget this year to hit back at efforts by Democrats to overhaul voting laws in response to the pandemic.

Democrats, pushing back against the claims by Trump and the GOP, say that cases of actual voter fraud are limited and claim that Republicans are trying to suppress voter turnout to improve their chances of winning elections.


"It's just common sense," Trump argued. "You wouldn't even have to know anything about politics or elections. It's common sense."

Trump clarified that because of the process required to obtain an absentee ballot, such voting is safer than general mail-in balloting — and pointed to a voter-fraud scandal out of New Jersey as evidence that universal mail-in voting would cause widespread problems.

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FILE – In this May 5, 2020, file photo, Jordan Smellie moves absentee ballots to be counted at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. . (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

"An absentee ballot is okay …," he said, "but these mail-in ballots where they send millions of them all over the country, it's going to be a rigged election, and this country shouldn't allow it."

If the courts don't intervene, "you'll never know who won the election," Trump warned.


The process "can't work," he said plainly. "It hasn't worked in little districts. Small little defined districts, they can't do it. It's an impossibility. Plus, the post office isn't set up for this. The post office is not set up for millions — when you look at what they did in Nevada … where they're sending millions of ballots [to registered voters] and you don't have to have a confirmed signature, there's nothing to say that that person signed it.

"It's going to be catastrophic corruption."

Fox News' Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Former Minnesota lieutenant governor wins GOP primary, set to face conservative Dem in key battleground race

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Former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach on Tuesday declared victory in the GOP primary for Minnesota’s 7th congressional district in the rural western part of the state. It sets up what is likely to be one of the most competitive battleground states as the GOP aims to end the 30 year dominance of Democratic incumbent Collin Peterson.

In a contentious five way primary, Fischbach, who earned crucial endorsements from both Minnesota GOP and President Trump in the final weeks, dominated the race by more than 59% of the total vote. She easily defeated out her strongest opponent, Air Force veteran and the GOP challenger from the district in 2016 and 2018, Dave Hughes by almost 40%.

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Despite the key endorsements and Fischbach’s long tenure as a state senator and nearly $350,000 cash advantage, her campaign was frequently caught in controversy.


Fischbach’s campaign manager was handed a restraining order against Hughes for allegedly calling him more than 300 times in “coordinated attacks” to disrupt virtual campaign speeches. Hughes also filed an FEC complaint accusing Fischbach of accepting more than $20,000 from political action committees that are controlled or influenced by members of her immediate family.

Furthermore, while she was able to secure the endorsement from the Minnesota GOP, it took 8 rounds of voting to gain the 60% needed for endorsement. Indicating that state party officials did not have resounding confidence in her campaign.

Her next challenge will be finding a way to distinguish her conservative brand from Peterson, the 15 term incumbent and chair of the House agriculture committee.


Peterson is considered one of if not the most conservative members of the house Democratic party. He is anti abortion, has received an A rating from the NRA and was one of two democrats to vote against impeachment of President Trump. His chairmanship of the house agriculture committee also gives him incredible influence in a district where cropland dominates the region. Peterson carried his primary easily with 75% of the vote.

In 2016, Trump managed to win the district by +30%, Rep. Peterson was able to retain his seat by a 5.1%. In order for the GOP to have any chance of taking back the house, candidates will have to dominate in rural districts such as MN-07. A recent Fox News Poll had Trump trailing Former VP Biden by 13% in a statewide race.

2020 may prove to be the perfect year for Fischbach to challenge. Cook Political Report, a non-partisan election rating service, has labeled this race a tossup, Peterson had his smallest margin of victory in 2018 since his first election in 1990, and with Trump on the top of the ticket it may be all she needs to overtake a longtime democratic stronghold.

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Trump calls ‘most liberal’ Harris ‘dangerous choice’ for Biden: ‘Not sure that’s what the country wants’

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Trump on Kamala Harris: I'm not sure Americans want someone so liberal

President Donald Trump joins Sean Hannity to react to Biden's vice presidential pick of Kamala Harris.

President Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview Tuesday that presumptive vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is "the most liberal person, supposedly, in the Senate," adding "I'm not sure that's what the country wants — if it is, we've got problems."

"[A] lot of people think it's a dangerous choice," said Trump, who claimed that Harris "wants to raise taxes. She wants to get rid of your Second Amendment. No guns for protection, no nothing …"


Harris has previously referred to popular semi-automatic rifles that are often dubbed "assault weapons" as "weapons of war."

"She's very bad to the military," the president continued. "She wants to cut spending for the military and the vets. I don't quite get the choice, but we will have it out. Here. we have a great vice president named Mike Pence and he will take care of business, just like he did the last time against a different candidate."

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Later in the interview, Trump warned Harris' embrace of principles outlined in the Green New Deal could cost Biden support in key states this fall.

"She's against petroleum. She's against fracking. So is Biden, and that means you can't win Texas. You can't win Pennsylvania, can't win Oklahoma and North Dakota, many states. And it also means your electric bills would go up literally by 10 times. It wouldn't be sustainable."

Recent polls show Biden leading in Pennsylvania, notably in the suburbs of Philadelphia that went for Trump in 2016.


The president went on to describe the Green New Deal as "catastrophic for the country" if it were ever implemented.

"You'd probably have to close 20 to 25 percent of businesses even to qualify," he said. "And they wouldn't function properly because we don't have that kind of energy."

By contrast, Trump claimed his administration had "the greatest economy in the history of the world, better than China by far. We were lapping them and then all of a sudden, when the [coronavirus] plague came in, we had to close it down. We saved millions of lives and now we're opening it up and we're setting records."

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Kamala Harris’ drift left becomes target as GOP aims to define Dem ticket as ‘radical’

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Kamala Harris selected as Joe Biden's running mate.

While serving as district attorney in San Francisco and later attorney general of California, vice-presidential pick Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was once known as a tough on crime prosecutor but later drifted to the left, as she rose through the ranks of the political arena.

Her shift leftward is now front and center as Republicans aim to tag the 2020 Democratic ticket as “radical,” after she was announced as Joe Biden’s running mate on Tuesday.


The Trump campaign and RNC have been hammering Biden for months, claiming the once moderate Democrat is now beholden to the radical left. While Harris is certainly not the farthest left candidate who was under consideration for VP, Republicans were quick to point out that she and Biden share common ground on various hot button issues.

"It's not surprising that Harris was able to put her feelings aside about Biden, as the two of them are in lockstep when it comes to their radical left-wing agenda," read an email blasted out by the RNC after the announcement.

The email also said both Biden and Harris have backed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s $93 trillion Green New Deal, adding that the proposal has been described as a "wishlist to fix what they perceive as all that ails society."


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The RNC claimed Biden has shifted his education platform "to include a $600 billion 'College for All' proposal" which Harris backed in 2017, then cited promises by both Harris and Biden to raise income taxes by an average of $1,400.

The running mates are expected to appear for their first event on Wednesday, which will serve as an indicator as to whether the two of them can embrace these progressive positions together or if they will try to backtrack toward the center-left, in anticipation of the general election.

When Harris was announced, the GOP and White House already had their response ad ready which paints the sitting senator as, "phony."

The ad immediately invoked the words "radical left" and tied Harris to Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" plan. It then accused her of seeking "trillions in new taxes" while simultaneously attacking Biden for "racist policies."

The clip ended by saying Biden and Harris have "jointly embraced the radical left," and are "perfect together" but "wrong for America."

Trump responded to Harris' selection on Tuesday during a White House press briefing, saying he was "a little surprised" by the decision, before calling her his "number one pick” to face off against.

He added, “She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. It's hard to pick someone that was that disrespectful."


The Harris pick, meanwhile, was championed by Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, who said in a statement, "Joe Biden nailed this decision."

Fox News' John Roberts and Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene wins GOP nod in Georgia

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Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman who has expressed support for the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon and been criticized for a series of racist comments, has won the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.

Greene beat neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff for the open seat on Tuesday in the deep-red district in northwest Georgia, despite several GOP officials denouncing her campaign after videos surfaced in which she expresses racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.

She has amassed tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she often posts videos of herself speaking directly to the camera. Those videos have helped propel her popularity with her base, while also drawing strong condemnation from some future would-be colleagues in Congress.

In a series of videos unearthed just after Greene placed first in the initial June 9 Republican primary, she complains of an “Islamic invasion” into government offices, claims Black and Hispanic men are held back by “gangs and dealing drugs,” and pushes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.

Several high-profile Republicans then spoke out against her. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana quickly threw his support behind Cowan, while Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia rescinded an endorsement of Greene.

Greene addressed criticism of her comments on Twitter. “The Fake News Media, the DC Swamp, and their radical leftist allies see me as a very serious threat. I will not let them whip me into submission,” she said, without distancing herself from her earlier remarks.

Greene also is part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory popular among some supporters of President Donald Trump.

She has positioned herself as a staunch Trump supporter and emphasizes a strongly pro-gun, pro-border wall and anti-abortion message. She has also connected with voters through an intensive effort to travel the district and meet people on the ground.

Larry Silker, a 72-year-old retiree, cast a ballot for Greene last week at an early voting location in Dallas, Georgia.

“She seems to be a go-getter, you know. She’s out seeing everybody that she can, and I think that’s nice,” Silker said.

Asked whether he had seen criticism of Greene’s remarks, Silker said: “Well yeah, you know, you see it. But do you put faith in it? You just have to weigh it out.”

The district stretches from the outskirts of metro Atlanta to the largely rural northwest corner of the state. Greene will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who did not seek reelection, last won the seat with over 76% of the vote in 2018.

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Sarah Palin offers advice to Kamala Harris: ‘Don’t forget the women who came before you’

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Trump says he was surprised Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as VP because she did 'so poorly' in primaries

President Trump reacts to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., some advice about running as a vice presidential nominee — as the California Democrat becomes only the third woman ever to do so.

“Congrats to the democrat VP pick,” Palin said in a post to Harris Tuesday. “Climb upon Geraldine Ferraro’s and my shoulders, and from the most amazing view in your life consider lessons we learned.”

Palin, who ran on the ticket with former congressman John McCain during his presidential candidacy in 2008, shared some of the knowledge she gained from her experience – largely telling Harris to be wary.


“Out of the chute trust no one new,” Palin wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday evening.

“Fight mightily to keep your own team with you – they know you, know your voice, and most importantly are trustworthy,” she added in a post that in included six sections of advice.

Palin also addressed things she specifically learned from the trail, such as an “OTR – an orchestrated campaign stop” and “Ropeline[s]” where she met with Americans to shake hands, hold people’s babies and all together meet the public.

“Every single handshake and holler and hug and smile melted my heart, energized my soul, and gave me the utmost hope in the greatest country on earth,” she wrote.

Palin also reminded Harris to never “forget the women who came before you,” including herself and former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, D-N.Y. who was the first female to run on a presidential ticket for Vice President in 1984.


Ferraro ran with Walter Mondale who served as Vice President to Jimmy Carter. The Mondale-Ferraro ticket were defeated in a landslide election by President Ronald Reagan and his VP George H. W. Bush in November, 1984.

Ferraro was not only the first woman to run for the Vice Presidency, but also the first Italian American to do so.

Harris, who served as California’s Attorney General before entering the Senate in 2016, is running for VP as the third female candidate in U.S. history, and the first Black and South Asian-American candidate.

Palin also instructed Harris to “have fun!”

“This IS the greatest country in the world and hopefully you’ll be blessed beyond belief, like I was, with meeting new people from all walks of life and see just how great it is,” the former Alaskan governor said.

Palin, a Republican, and the VP candidate on the McCain-Palin ticket, participated in a debate shortly before the 2008 election against, then-VP candidate Joe Biden.

The 90-minute debate started with a friendly encounter as the two shook hands and she asked if she could call him Joe. According to Palin’s memoir, she didn’t realize her mic was hot.

Palin hinted she might share more advice or stories on her candidacy in future posts.

“More to come…including one of the funniest things in my life, right before my debate with Sen. Joe Biden… stay tuned,” Palin said concluding her post by alluding to the her first encounter with former VP Biden.


Biden announced Harris as his running mate earlier in the day.

“@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief,” Harris said in a tweet Tuesday.

Harris has not commented on Palin’s post.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar beats back Democratic primary challenge in Minnesota

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Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday defeated her Democratic primary challenger, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who garnered attention for outraising her during the campaign.

The race has gotten attention in recent weeks: Melton-Meaux said he supported Omar’s first run for Congress in 2018 but criticized her for the number of votes she’s missed.

“She has been ineffective in Washington because she is divisive, and she’s focused on her celebrity,” Melton-Meaux told The Associated Press.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) is facing a highly contentious primary Tuesday night, even after being outraised by her opponent, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux (left).

Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) is facing a highly contentious primary Tuesday night, even after being outraised by her opponent, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux (left).

As a member of the four-woman progressive “Squad” in Congress, Omar was elected as one of the first Muslim American women in Congress, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Her outspoken criticism of President Trump and advocacy for far-left ideas have gained national attention, and the attention surrounding the Somali born progressive lawmaker – and her Twitter feed – have made her a target of Republicans and even some fellow Democrats.


And Omar’s no stranger to controversy, apologizing early in her congressional tenure for making comments viewed as anti-Semitic.

Omar has the backing of some of the biggest names in politics – such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, progressive leader Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – whom she joined on the campaign trail when the populist champion was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

She also enjoys the support of leading Minnesota Democrats, such as Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, state House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Attorney General Keith Ellison. And she has the backing of local unions and the state party as she runs for a second two-year term representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District – which covers much of the city of Minneapolis and was ground zero for the nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.


But in the battle for campaign cash, Melton-Meaux has brought in a whopping $3.2 million in the April-June quarter of fundraising, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. That far surpassed Omar, who raised nearly half-a-million dollars during the same period of time. Melton-Meaux reported having $2 million in his campaign coffers as of the end of June, nearly double of Omar’s $1.1 million cash on hand.

On a local level, Melton-Meaux has earned the endorsement of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis’ largest newspaper.

"Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic," the editorial board said. "While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux seeks to serve the Fifth District."

The editorial board also knocked Omar's "missteps," including her inflammatory comments about Israel and her campaign finance issues.

Omar’s campaign knocked on doors — an act typical in any other election cycle but highly unusual during the coronavirus pandemic.

Omar’s campaign quietly returned to door-knocking in early July, with social distancing and face covering protocols.

“There’s an element that just can’t be re-created not being in person,” said Claire Bergren, Omar's campaign manager, told the New York Times.

Melton-Meaux has pointed to the controversies surrounding the congresswoman as the reason why he decided to run for office. He’s argued that Omar’s “lost the trust of the Jewish community by her insensitive and harmful tropes.”

Omar also faced questions about payments made to her husband’s firm, which has reportedly received more than a million dollars from her campaign during the 2020 cycle. She was recently asked specifically about $600,000 that went to her husband’s firm in the first three weeks of July.


“I don't pay my husband. I pay the firm to do work and that [$600,000] really is an example of that work,” she said at a recent debate. "It was the first time we placed a TV ad, which is surprising to me because that's not something we're used to in the 5th, and that money went to place that ad and to make sure we have digital ads, to make sure we have literature that's being sent to our constituents, because it is get-out-the-vote efforts for us.”

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Pence tells Harris he looks forwards to VP debate: ‘I’ll see you in Salt Lake City’

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Kamala Harris named as Biden's VP pick; Jacqui Heinrich reports.

Vice President Mike Pence received word that Sen. Kamala Harris had been selected as Joe Biden’s running mate as he headed to an event in Arizona Tuesday — and said he's looking forward to debating her this October in Utah.

“On the way here I learned that Joe Biden named his running mate,” Pence said to a rally in Mesa, Ariz., followed by boos from the crowd.

“As you all know, Joe Biden and the Democratic Party have been overtaken by the radical left. So given their promises of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine, and abortion on demand, it's no surprise that he chose Senator Harris,” Pence said.

“So my message to the Democratic nominee for vice president: Congratulations. I'll see you in Salt Lake City,” Pence told the crowd of Trump supporters.


Critics and supporters believe she will be a tough opponent on the debate stage in October.

"She will give Vice President Pence a very, very, very bad evening on that debate because she’s a great debater. She knows what she’s about,” Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC Tuesday. “I think Joe Biden could have chosen someone else, but he couldn’t have chose anyone better."

"She’s tough, she’s thorough, and she’s ready," Sharpton added.

Harris, who has developed a reputation for her “tenacity” and “fighting tooth and nail,” was selected by Biden Tuesday – citing her tough qualities as his reasoning behind his decision.

“Her record of accomplishment — fighting tooth and nail for what’s right — is why I’m choosing her. There is no door Kamala won’t knock on, no stone she’ll leave unturned, if it means making life better — for the people,” Biden said in his announcement regarding his pick for VP.

“If I were Donald Trump and Mr. Pence, I would be ready for a real battle now,” Sharpton said Tuesday.


President Trump has already ramped up his aggressive rhetoric and honed in on Harris’ hard prosecutorial style from the debate stage to the Senate floor, referring to her as “nasty” – a word he used to criticize Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

"I’ve been watching her for a long time. I was a little surprised," Trump said in a Tuesday briefing, his first public appearance after Biden’s VP candidate was announced. "She was extraordinarily nasty to Judge Kavanaugh.”

“She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing, the way she treated now-Justice Kavanaugh, and I won’t forget that soon,” Trump said.

"She was very, very nasty. She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden," Trump added, referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has endorsed Biden and voiced her support for Harris as vice president.

But not everyone is convinced that Trump’s notoriously “nasty” behavior will affect Harris’ ability to debate Pence or drive attention on the campaign trail.


"I don’t think that you could have a tougher opponent," Sharpton added Tuesday. "I know the Trump people are preparing all they can to throw at her, but you cannot have a better person to throw it at — that it will bounce off her like it didn’t mean anything because she’s been in tough fights before.”

Sharpton’s words come after his severe criticism of the candidates throughout the race, saying that “he didn’t see anybody” including Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., that could beat Trump after a debate in January.

The vice presidential debate is expected to be held on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City.

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Azar defends Taiwan trip, says China should worry about ‘getting more transparent, more open’ on coronavirus

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HHS Secretary Alex responds to China sending fighter jets to Taiwan as U.S. offers support

Chinese officials should be more concerned with transparency and cooperation with the international community than with a U.S. Cabinet official's visit to Taiwan, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told "The Story" Tuesday.

"Well, as Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo said yesterday, the Chinese Communist Party has to be feeling pretty weak and insecure if the visit of a health secretary to meet with other health colleagues in the middle of a pandemic, to an area like Taiwan — which has been a model of transparency and openness and democratic values throughout this — [is enough] somehow to send fighter jets," Azar told host Martha MacCallum.


When MacCallum noted that Beijing does not recognize Taiwan as a separate country, Azar countered that his visit is "completely consistent" with longstanding U.S.policy.

"What the Communist Party of China should be more focused on is getting more transparent, more open and more collaborative on COVID-19," he said. "When they brought this upon us by concealing so much about this virus and its origins as well as the nature of the disease and preventing international observers … if this virus had emerged in Taiwan or the United States, an open, democratic, transparent public health system, we could have stopped it in its tracks."


Azar noted that China has been malevolent in the past as well when it comes to Taiwan and viral outbreaks, recalling that Taiwan offered $1 million in "no strings attached" aid to fight the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, only for China to complain to the World Health Organization and crush the offer.

"[They] said Taiwan can no longer participate in Observer Status — which it had done for years — they bullied the WHO, they bullied Taiwan and kicked Taiwan out," he said, adding that he and President Trump have lobbied the WHO to readmit Taiwan under "Observer Status."

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Harris, as Biden’s VP pick, likely to face renewed scrutiny about prosecutor past

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Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has picked Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate — a move that will likely draw renewed scrutiny about her past as a prosecutor.

Harris’ past as a public prosecutor both as district attorney in San Francisco and later attorney general of California before she became a senator were both a strength and a weakness for her in her presidential bid last year.


While her past as a prosecutor could help counter attacks from the Trump campaign that a Biden-Harris ticket is soft on crime, it could hurt her with a left of the party that has entertained calls to abolish, defund or overhaul police departments — although the initial reaction from progressive standard bearers and groups was overwhelmingly positive.

But an example of the kinds of attacks she may face was demonstrated in a furious New York Times op-ed in January 2019, which attacked her claim to be a “progressive prosecutor” from the left.

“Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent,” the op-ed from law professor Lara Bazelon said. “Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors.”

Harris refused to take a position on a pair of sentencing reform ballot measures, arguing she must remain neutral because her office was responsible for preparing ballot text. She also defended the death penalty in court, setting aside her personal opposition to capital punishment.

Also controversial was Harris’ role in a law that threatened parents of truant children with criminal penalties.


In an interview last year, she said the law was never intended to punish parents for their child’s chronic truancy, but rather to get students on the right track in the classroom. She admitted, however, that it had “unintended consequences.”

“My regret is that I have now heard stories where in some jurisdictions, DAs have criminalized the parents. And I regret that that has happened,” she said, although she said that no parents were jailed because of the arrests — a claim that has been challenged by fact checkers.

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That record dogged her through her presidential bid in 2019. In one of the standout moments of a debate in Detroit, Michigan in July, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, ripped into Harris’ record as a prosecutor.

"There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana," Gabbard said.

She also blasted Harris for maintaining the cash bail system which, she argued, disproportionately hurt poor people. Gabbard accused Harris of keeping prisoners beyond their sentence in order to use them as "cheap labor" as well as blocking evidence that would have "freed an innocent man from death row."

"The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a difference and impact in these people's lives, you did not," Gabbard responded.

Harris responded then claiming that she had consistently fought against the death penalty and reformed the criminal justice system.

"As elected attorney general of California, I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people — which became a national model for the work that needs to be done," she said.

But, according to the New York Times, Harris advisers pointed to that moment between Gabbard and the senator as “accelerating” her decline in the polls.

According to the Times, several of Harris’ donors were “alarmed” and urged the campaign to fire back at Gabbard. Harris was also aware that her response was “insufficient,” a view “reinforced by her advisers” according to the outlet

After the announcement on Tuesday, while the reaction from left-wing groups was overwhelmingly positive to the pick of Harris, there were already concerns related to her past as a top cop. An article by Elizabeth Nolan Brown in the libertarian Reason Magazine on Tuesday said that the "good news" was that the pick meant Harris would not be attorney general.


“The bad news is that it puts Harris next in line for the presidency should anything happen to Biden and sets her up nicely for a future presidential run,” she wrote. “In Harris, we would get a leader with President Donald Trump's penchant for unchecked executive power and modern Democrats' tendency to consider no issue outside the reach of government.”

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Klobuchar slams Trump for not congratulating Kamala Harris during White House press conference

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar praises Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as running mate

California Sen. Kamala Harris has the experience to be a great vice president, says Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Democratic presidential candidate.

President Trump should have congratulated Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on being named presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's running mate from the White House briefing room, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., told "Special Report" Tuesday.

"For the president to go before the country like he just did and not just say, 'I congratulate her [and I] welcome her to the race.' — That is what leaders do," Klobuchar told host Bret Baier.


"Instead, what did he do? He called her angry, he called her nasty, he went back to the same criticisms with the words we have heard him use against women throughout this presidency, and I just think that is crap.

Trump says he was surprised Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as VP because she did 'so poorly' in primariesVideo

"I think that's not a nice way to treat someone when they enter the race," she added. "And as someone who knows her, I would never use those adjectives to describe her. I'd use the word 'tough.' I think that's good. I'd use the word [to describe] someone who has grit and strength. I think we want that in a vice president."

Baier said that Trump has told him in the past that his edgy comments come from his character as a "counter-puncher," to which Klobuchar responded, "I would rather have a president that didn't describe themselves in that way."


Klobuchar also dismissed Republican criticism of Harris' conduct toward Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.

"I thought … She showed grace under pressure like she always does," Klobuchar countered. "Think of all the people she managed at this Justice Department in California [as state attorney general], all those thousands and thousands of people. She's had to make hard decisions."

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Flashback: Kamala Harris compared ICE to KKK in Senate hearing

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Bret Baier on Biden VP pick: Why Kamala Harris puts 'die hard' Democrats at ease

Sen. Kamala Harris, who was announced Tuesday as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, sparked controversy in 2018 when she compared the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan in a Senate hearing.

Harris made the remarks at a Nov. 2018 confirmation hearing, asking Ronald Vitiello — who was President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency — if he was “aware of the perception” of a similarity between ICE and the KKK.


‏Harris had pointed to a tweet from Vitiello from 2015 in which he said the Democratic Party was comparable to a “liberal-cratic” or “neo-Klanist” entity. Vitiello apologized and admitted that those words were offensive.

“What is the history that would then make those words wrong?” Harris asked, to which Vitiello said the KKK would be labeled as a domestic terrorist group by today’s standards and was motivated by race and ethnicity and tried to use "fear and force."

“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?” she asked.
Vitiello pushed back saying “I do not see any parallels” between the immigration enforcement agency and the white supremacist group and inquired whether she was asking him if the two were in the same category.

“No, I'm very specific about what I'm asking you. Are you aware of a perception that the way that they …" Harris went on, before the nominee said, “I see none.”

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“Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America?” she asked again.

Harris ended her questioning asking whether Vitiello can lead the agency if he’s not aware of the negative views toward it.

"Sir, how can you be the head of an agency and be unaware of how your agency is perceived by certain communities?" she asked.

“There’s a lot of perceptions in the media and in the public that are incorrect about the agency and what it does,” Vitiello responded.

"But the perception exists, would you agree, whether or not it’s correct?" she asked. "And wouldn’t you agree then that if that perception exists, there might need to be some work done to correct the perception?"


The exchange prompted pushback from a number of Republicans, with RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel slamming Harris for “disgusting” partisanship.

“Kamala Harris is trying to launch her 2020 campaign off of comparing ICE officers to the KKK, and it's absolutely disgusting,” she tweeted.

Fox News' Lukas Mikelionis contributed to this report.

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Kamala Harris wins progressive praise despite past friction, as GOP hammers Biden VP choice

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Bret Baier on Biden VP pick: Why Kamala Harris puts 'die hard' Democrats at ease

Bret Baier reacts to Joe Biden naming Kamala Harris as his 2020 running mate

The reaction from the two top leaders of the progressive base of the Democratic Party to the naming of Sen. Kamala Harris of California as Joe Biden’s running mate was instant — and glowing.

“She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The populist lawmaker from Vermont was Biden’s last remaining rival in the Democratic presidential nomination race before ending his campaign and backing the former vice president in April.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who was the other progressive standard-bearer in the Democratic presidential primaries, emphasized that “@KamalaHarris will be a great partner to @JoeBiden in making our government a powerful force for good in the fight for social, racial, and economic justice.”

The initial thumbs up from Sanders and Warren as well as a slew of other leaders and organizations on the left was noteworthy. Harris’s law enforcement background caused plenty of tensions with progressives during her unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination. Her record as a prosecutor as San Francisco's district attorney and later as California attorney general was scrutinized and criticized by plenty on the left.

Harris, who was a strong supporter of a government-run Medicare-for-all health care system when she launched her White House bid, also took arrows from progressives for her moderating stance on the issue during the course of her presidential campaign.

But Mo Elleithee, the founding executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service and a Fox News contributor, emphasized that “this is not a pick that’s going to cause major pause among the left.”


Elleithee pointed to a Georgetown University Battleground national poll conducted last week, which included a question on Harris’ favorability among likely voters. The survey indicated that liberal Democrats, at 76%, had a more favorable view of Harris than moderate to conservative Democrats at 61%.

He highlighted that “her numbers are incredibly high with African American voters, with people who don’t like President Trump, with a lot of the key constituencies of the Democratic base….I think she energizes a base that’s already pretty energized.”

While Democrats enjoyed a kumbaya moment wtih Biden's naming of Harris, who becomes the first Black woman to serve on the ticket of major national political party, President Trump, his re-election campaign and allied groups opened fire on the senator.

Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson argued that "in her failed attempt at running for president, Kamala Harris gleefully embraced the left’s radical manifesto, calling for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of health care. She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”


And the president tweeted out a video prepared by his campaign that charged Harris is a “phony” and that the Democratic ticket “jointly embrace the radical left.”

Elleithee, a senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and who later served as communications director for the Democratic National Committee, argued that the Republican line of attack against Harris will fall flat.

“People have been dropping opposition research on her since her name started to surface as a top contender and what our poll shows is that her favorable rating has gone up the past few months,” he said.

The poll indicated Harris’ favorable rating rising 8 points from last autumn, when her presidential campaign was floundering.

But veteran Republican strategist Derek Dufresne disagreed.

"I think that messaging will work," he said. "Middle America — the moderates and the indepdendents — are certainly not looking for an adminstration that's going to be beholden to the far left."

Elleithee emphasized that “the first rule of a vice-presidential selection is pick the person you feel is most able and ready to do the job," he said. "The second rule is do no harm.”

He stressed tHarris's experience.

"She can step into the role and has far more electoral upside that downside,” he said.

And he added HArris brings the bonus of her prosecutorial talents on the debate stage that grabbed national attention as the senator took down Biden 14 months ago at the first Democratic presidential primary showdown. Elleithee predicted that lots of Democrats “ are relishing to see her on the debate stage” with Vice President Mike Pence.

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Biden VP finalists praise Kamala Harris

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Peebles: Kamala Harris was the best choice for Biden

The Peebles Corporation president Don Peebles says Harris is 'battle-tested' and a 'powerful choice.'

Joe Biden’s announcement that Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., will join his ticket and run as his vice president has been praised by other top contenders.

“My warmest congratulations to @KamalaHarris. I am confident Biden-Harris will prove to be a winning ticket. I will do my utmost to help them win and govern,” tweeted Susan Rice, just minutes after Biden made the announcement.

“Sen. Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” Rice added in a statement.


As a former national security adviser for President Obama, there has been speculation that Rice may still have a seat in Biden’s cabinet.

Stacey Abrams, another shortlisted contender for the role, threw her support behind Biden’s pick and said that she was “thrilled to support Senator Kamala Harris” in a statement Tuesday.

“I am privileged to have been a part of this process and to speak with Vice President Biden at length over the weekend and again today,” Abrams said. “He is building a team that can rebuild America and restore our faith in what lies ahead.”

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., who received a lot of media attention last week, said that Harris was a “great choice for Vice President.”

“Her tenacious pursuit of justice and relentless advocacy for the people is what is needed right now,” Bass said in a tweet.

“California is better because of her work as Attorney General and stronger because of her work as Senator,” Bass added. “Now all Americans will benefit from her work as Vice President.”

Former President Barack Obama gave his support for Biden's choice, saying he “nailed this decision.”

“Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a president makes. When you’re in the Oval Office, weighing the toughest issues, and the choice you make will affect the lives and livelihoods of the entire country – you need someone with you who’s got the judgment and the character to make the right call,” Obama said in a statement Tuesday.

Former candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Mass., and Bernie Sanders, Vt., voiced their support for Biden’s Tuesday decision.

“She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history,” Sanders said in a tweet.

Other congressional Democrats came out in support of Biden’s choice, including fellow California Rep. Ted Lieu.

“I had the opportunity to work with her when I was in Sacramento, when I was in [the] legislature and she was attorney general,” Lieu told Fox News.

“And now when I'm in Congress and she's in the Senate, she is brilliant. She is passionate. And she knows how to get things done.”

Harris, a presidential candidate before dropping out in 2019, had some contencious exchanges with Biden on the campaign trail.

Harris criticized Biden’s 1970’s stance on busing for school integration, asking him during a Miami debate, “Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America?”


Biden, who served as the Vice President to the first Black U.S. president, was visibly angered by the accusation and called her words a “mischaracterization” of his position.

“There are moments in history where states fail to support the civil rights of people,” Harris responded.

But they reportedly maintained an amicable relationship and Harris told CBS in an interview shortly after the debate that she had a “great deal of respect” for him.”

"I'm not good at keeping hard feelings," Biden told a reporter in December after Harris dropped out, for the first time hinting that she may be a contender as a vice presidential pick.

“Senator Harris has the capacity to be anything she wants to be,” he added.


The Trump campaign used their contentious debate exchange as an easy target and President Trump released an attack add on Twitter within minutes of Biden's announcement.

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WH trade adviser Navarro says Americans’ anger at each other over pandemic ‘continues to puzzle me’

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Navarro on 'China problem': Left-wing media refuses to assign any blame to China, 'it's bizarre'

Peter Navarro, WH Trade Adviser, says the 'left-wing' media is too politically correct to assign any blame to China over coronavirus

Americans are directing their anger about the coronavirus pandemic toward their fellow Americans rather than at the Chinese Communist Party where it belongs, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday.

"It continues to puzzle me eight months later, we know that China — the Chinese Communist Party — infected the United States with that virus," he said. "Yet, what we have now is a society seemingly divided against each other," he said.


Navarro claimed America will be able to rebound quicker from the pandemic if all of the negative sentiments directed inwardly were instead sent toward the Beijing government.

He added that for too long, China was only believed to be an economic threat to the United States due to job outsourcing and intellectual property theft by Chinese companies.

"But now, we've even gone beyond that [to] where they have infected us with a virus and killed over 160,000 Americans," Navarro said.


"What's weird to me, is it's, like, too politically incorrect on [the part of] a lot of the left-wing media to even assign any blame to the Chinese. It is bizarre."

Navarro described the CCP a brutal, authoritarian regime and reiterated that Trump, not Joe Biden, understands the true threat.

"In November [2019], the Chinese Communist Party spawned the virus, in December and January they hid it from the world behind the shield of the World Health Organization, and while they did that, they bought up all the PPE, masks gloves and goggles from all over the world."

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Bernie supporters, progressives trash Biden-Harris ticket: A ‘middle finger’ to the base

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Biden names Kamala Harris as VP pick; Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones weighs in.

Some progressives expressed their frustration and condemnation of Joe Biden's selection of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate.

Ever since Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee, there has been an ongoing debate on the left as to who he could pick as his vice president that can motivate enough of the base, including supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to support the ticket in November.

On Tuesday, Biden announced that Harris would be his vice president.

Sanders himself extended his support for his Senate colleague and former 2020 rival.


"Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win," the Vermont senator tweeted.

However, several Bernie supporters and other progressive journalists slammed the Biden-Harris ticket.

Briahna Joy Gray, who previously served as Sanders' national press secretary and has been an outspoken critic of Biden since her former boss withdrew from the race, invoked Harris' tenure as the California attorney general.


"We are in the midst of the largest protest movement in American history, the subject of which is excessive policing, and the Democratic Party chose a “top cop” and the author of the Joe Biden crime bill to save us from Trump. The contempt for the base is, wow," Gray reacted.

Left-leaning journalist Michael Tracey called Biden's selection a "nightmarishly bad pick in every way/"

"Kamala's presidential campaign was a total humiliating disaster. One of the worst of all time, considering the amount of unearned hype she received. Did everybody miss that, or what?" Tracey asked.

"Well, there you have it. @JoeBiden gives the middle finger to progressives, #BlackLivesMatter protesters, and black voters under the age of 50," Status Coup co-founder Jordan Chariton tweeted.

"Crime bill author Joe Biden selects "top cop" Kamala Harris for VP as racial justice and police abolition protests continue across the country," progressive journalist Walker Bragman wrote.

"Apparently the answer to a movement for black lives is someone who helped perpetuate a lock em up regime while letting the powerful in Silicon Valley and Wall Streeters like Steve Mnuchin loot with impunity. Happy 2020," The Hill's Krystal Ball wrote.

"Biden going with the strategically brilliant move of picking somebody for VP who is despised by both the right and the left," progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski quipped.

"This is when everyone who either said they would never vote for Bernie in the general or argued that he could never win bc he's a socialist Jew will attack anyone criticizing Harris for strategic or moral reasons as handing the election to Trump," podcast host Katie Halper tweeted.

The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur vowed to help the Biden-Harris ticket to defeat Trump in November, but also vowed to lead a primary against "whichever one of them runs in 2024."

"It’s inconceivable they will govern as progressives & we’re not going to take this for 8 years, Uygur wrote. "For now, they’re infinitely better than Trump."


Uygur also touted its prediction that the Democratic "establishment" wanted Harris as president all along.

"Two years ago we said on @TheYoungTurks that the establishment wanted @SenKamalaHarris as president. Here we are. She's batter up," the progressive host said. "Whether she ran a good campaign, the voters wanted her or not, the establishment in this system almost always gets what they want. The band plays on."

Harris is the first Black woman on a major political party’s presidential ticket. The Biden campaign said Biden and Harris will deliver remarks together on Wednesday in Wilmington, Del.

"I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden said in an email to supporters.


Biden also tweeted: "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate."

He added: "Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with [Biden's son] Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign."

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Trump slams Kamala Harris after VP pick, claims ‘she was my number one pick’

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Trump on Harris VP pick: 'I was a little surprised,' she did 'very poorly' in primaries

President Trump reacts to a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket

President Trump, in his first on-camera remarks about the new Biden-Harris ticket, said he was “a little surprised” that Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to be his running mate given her “very poor” primary performance — but said she was his “number one pick” to face off against.

During a White House briefing Tuesday afternoon — shortly after Biden announced Harris as his VP nominee — Trump lashed out against the Democratic senator.

The president, referring to her failed 2016 presidential run, claimed he was most surprised by the pick because “she did very very poorly in primaries, she ended up right around two percent.” And he drew attention to her campaign attacks on Biden at the time.


“She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden. It's hard to pick someone that was that disrespectful,” Trump said referring to a debate moment to Harris’ blitz against Biden in last summer’s primary debates.

On the debate stage in Miami, Harris criticized comments by the former vice president spotlighting his ability to find common ground during the 1970s with segregationist senators with whom he disagreed, and over his opposition decades ago to federally mandated school busing.

“Do you agree today that you were wrong to oppose busing in America?” Harris – who is Black – asked Biden during the debate.

“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”

Biden’s poll numbers briefly edged down after the debate – and Harris enjoyed a short-lived surge in the polls. But her campaign faltered later in the year, and Harris ended her White House bid last December.

Days earlier, clues of the decision were dropped when Biden was photographed with talking points in his hand saying of Harris that he does “not hold grudges” and has “great respect for her.”


Also during the press conference, Trump was asked about Harris' record overseeing 1,900 marijuana convictions in San Francisco when she later claimed to have smoked the substance herself, as reported by Mercury News.

“She is a person that’s told many many stories that were not true,” Trump replied, before pivoting to her positions on other policies. “She wants to raise taxes, slash funds to our military, she’s against fracking…she's in favor of socialized medicine– she wants to take health care plans away from 180 million Americans.”

After much anticipation, Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Harris, the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick, would be running alongside him.

Biden tweeted on Tuesday, "Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I'm proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign."

Immediately after the decision, the Trump campaign released an attack ad labeling the California senator “phony Kamala Harris.”

While Trump seemed to focus his attacks in Tuesday's briefing characterizing Harris as someone who will fight to raise taxes and slash military funding, others question her record as California's "top cop."

Last year Biden accused Harris of keeping nonviolent prisoners behind bars during her tenure as California attorney general because they were a source of cheap labor for the state.

“What happened? Along came a federal judge and said enough is enough and he freed 1,000 of these people,” Biden said as he argued that Harris was forced by a judge to release the prisoners.

Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard also jumped in to land heavy blows at the time – accusing Harris of keeping “people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”

While the intra-party rifts from 2019 appear to have healed long ago, the attacks from past primary debates could be used as ammunition by Trump’s campaign and allied groups to target Biden and Harris. And it remains unclear whether the progressive flank of the party will embrace her.

But Harris' tough-on-crime could complicate Trump's attempts to differentiate himself as the "law and order" pick for president. He has said a Biden administration would bow to the far-left "defund the police" movement. He has claimed rioters would "destroy our American cities" under Biden.

"The Fake News Media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle 'protesters' as wonderful, sweet and innocent people just out for a little stroll. Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who… would destroy our American cities, and worse, if Sleepy Joe Biden, the puppet of the Left, ever won," Trump said in a pair of tweets in late July.

Trump continued: "Markets would crash and cities would burn. Our Country would suffer like never before."


Trump has also previously said that "[n]o one will be SAFE in Joe Biden's America!" in a tweet that claimed the presumptive Democratic nominee wants to abolish police, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), suburbs and the Second Amendment — Biden has not said he would abolish any of those things.

Fox News' Alex Pappas, Paul Steinhauser and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton praises Kamala Harris running mate pick

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Baier on Kamala Harris: Biden knows the VP job better than anyone

Bret Baier reacts to Kamala Harris being named Joe Biden's pick for vice president.

Hillary Clinton praised Kamala Harris as the newly announced vice presidential pick and urged her supporters to have "her back."

"I'm thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket," Clinton tweeted Tuesday. "She's already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected."

Four years ago, Clinton made history as the first woman to win a major party's nomination for president. Harris will also break new ground as the first African-African woman to be a vice-presidential pick for a major party.


Harris, a U.S. senator from California, initially ran for president in 2019 but her enthusiastic start soon fizzled and she dropped out of the race before primary voting began this year, citing a lack of funds.

Clinton's loss to President Trump shocked the world in 2016. But the former Secretary of State will be making a comeback next week when she speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.


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Kamala Harris’ latest poll numbers: Will she help the ticket?

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Baier on Kamala Harris: Biden knows the VP job better than anyone

Bret Baier reacts to Kamala Harris being named Joe Biden's pick for vice president.

A new poll indicates that a plurality of American voters have a positive opinion of Sen. Kamala Harris, who made history on Tuesday as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s vice-presidential pick.

A Georgetown University/Battleground national poll released on Monday – one day before presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named the senator from California and former state attorney general as his running mate – showed that 43% of likely voters nationwide had a favorable view of Harris, with 36% holding an unfavorable view. Eight percent said they had no opinion and 13% answered that they’ve never heard of the senator.


Harris’ favorable rating was up in Georgetown University polling from last October, when she stood at 35% favorable and 43% unfavorable. At the time, 7% had no opinion and 16% hadn’t heard of the senator. The earlier poll was conducted as Harris’ Democratic presidential campaign was running short on cash and her numbers in the nomination horse race were in decline. The senator suspended her White House bid two months later, in December.

According to the new poll – which was conducted Aug. 1-6 – Harris has a 76% favorable rating among Democrats. But she’s slightly underwater among independent voters at 37%-40% — and she has a 10%-65% favorable/unfavorable rating among Republican voters.

Harris had a 64%-15% favorable rating among Black voters, 41%-39% among White voters, and 39%-32% among Hispanic and Latino voters.


“I think she energizes a base that’s already pretty energized,” Mo Elleithee, the founding executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service and a Fox News contributor, said.

“Her numbers are incredibly high with African American voters, with people who don’t like President Trump, with a lot of the key constituencies of the Democratic base,” added Elleithee, a senior spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who later served as communications director for the Democratic National Committee.

The Georgetown University Battleground poll was conducted by Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group, with live telephone operators interviewing 1,000 likely voters. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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