We already have a firm grasp of where the battle lines will be drawn by Democrat presidential candidates.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who many believe to be the frontrunner on the Democrat ticket, has stated that she firmly believes President Donald Trump is a racist.
Accusations of racism
During an interview with The Root, the California Democrat may have even stunned members of her own party with her comments.
When Harris was first asked if she thought Trump was a racist, she tried to tap around the edges without committing.
“Well look, when you talk about his statement [responding to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia], when you talk about him calling African countries ‘s***hole’ countries, when you talk about him referring to immigrants as racists and murders, I don’t think you can reach any other conclusions,” she said.
Her interview pressed, asking again if she felt that Trump was racist.
Harris replied: “I do, yes. Yes.”
Harris is not the only 2020 hopeful to claim Trump is a racist.
Just a few weeks ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) made the same accusation.
“Today we talked about justice and today we talked about racism. And I must tell you it gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a President of the United States who is a racist,” Sanders said at an event for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.
White House response
Judd Deer, the White House deputy press secretary, responded to Harris’ accusation with a statement similar to ones made by President Trump himself in recent weeks.
“The Senator’s claims are disgusting,” Deer said. “President Trump has supported and passed historic criminal justice reform, pushed policies that have created the lowest unemployment rates for African Americans and Hispanic Americans in history, and repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry.”
Indeed, Trump is truly a president for all Americans. Any claims otherwise are simply unfounded.