Left, Right, and Center Respond to Joe Biden’s Veep Pick, Kamala Harris
Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D–Calif.) selection as Joe Biden’s running mate is reverberating across the political landscape, provoking enthusiastic reactions from left, right, and center, and even knocking the coronavirus pandemic off the front page.
Many Democrats are cheering the selection while lots of Republicans waste no time trying to paint Harris as a dangerous radical. Actual radicals, meanwhile, are either making their peace with Harris or re-upping their criticism of her as a phony progressive.
Former President Barack Obama praised the decision, describing Harris in a statement as someone who was “more than prepared for the job” of vice president, and a person “whose focus goes beyond self-interest to consider the lives and prospects of others.”
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020
Several of Harris’ former primary candidates weighed in with messages of support.
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.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 11, 2020
.@KamalaHarris fights tirelessly for justice, dignity, and equality for all Americans.
I’m thrilled she’s joining the ticket and can’t wait to call her my Vice President.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) August 11, 2020
President Donald Trump meanwhile offered some backhanded praise of Harris as his “number one draft pick” in a news conference last night while attacking her as an extremist.
“She’s very big into raising taxes. She wants to slash funds for our military at a level that no one can even believe, she’s against fracking, she’s against petroleum products,” said Trump. “How do you do that and go into Pennsylvania or Ohio or Oklahoma or the great state of Texas?”
The Trump campaign also released a 30-second attack ad criticizing Harris’s embrace of Medicare for All and tax increases. The ad also points out that Harris had attacked Biden during the primaries for supporting “racist policies.” The California senator had criticized Biden during the primary debates for opposing busing and for praising segregationist senators earlier in his career.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2020
In a sign of coverage to come, CNN has already deemed Trump’s more personal attacks on Harris—who he called “nasty,” the “meanest,” “most horrible,” and “disrespectful” of Biden—as playing “into racist and se
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