President Donald Trump told supporters at his campaign rally on Friday night that Sen. Kamala Harris isn’t fit enough to be the Democrats’ vice presidential nominee, revealing that his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, would be competent enough to lead that role.
Speaking in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Trump laughed at California Democrat’s failed 2020 presidential campaign and proposed that his daughter would be a better candidate vice presidential contender.
“You know, I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see a woman president get into that position the way she’d do it — and she’s not competent. She’s not competent. They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka.’ I don’t blame you,” President Donald Trump said.
The attack on Kamala Harris came a day after the President ended the Republican National Convention, which concentrated a large portion of its program on convincing voters that he is kind to women and has worked on behalf of Black Americans, messaging directed at countering the President’s history of racist and sexist comments.
Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Black woman and the first South Asian American woman to approve a major party’s vice presidential nomination, has been a US senator leading California since 2017. Previously, she was the California attorney general and served as district attorney of San Francisco before that.
The President has a trend of making criticizing comments about African Americans, including referring them “dumb” or “stupid” in public. He’s specifically called some Black journalists, including some from CNN, in that way. He’s told an Asian American reporter she should calm down and keep her voice down when roasting him with questions.
President Donald Trump has also made a number of criticizing comments about the intelligence and looks of women over the years. He said MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski had a “low IQ.” He said Arianna Huffington “is unattractive both inside and out.” He’s called Harris and other women who oppose his policies “nasty.” And he’s mentioned to women who live in suburbs as “housewives.” While most suburban women work, he’s quarreled that it is a word they embrace.
Earlier this summer, polls revealed that the gender gap the difference between which party and candidate men and women support was at or near historic highs and recent polls find Joe Biden leading heavily with Black voters. But in swing states, the addition of more Black votes could make a difference for Donald Trump.
Trump seemed to suggest on Friday that his off-script remarks about Harris’ unfitness were meant only for his supporters not the larger number of American households watching his heavily scripted convention speech on television Thursday night.
After hearing expert talk about how he had softened his RNC speech, Trump told rallygoers in New Hampshire, “Well, it’s a different kind of a speech. Tonight, I’m in New Hampshire and we can wing it.”
“If I did last night’s speech here, right now you would have all been walking out,” he added. “And if I did tonight’s speech there, I would have been criticized by being slightly radical.”