This Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris unloaded her unfounded assessment of the president during a Des Moines, Iowa campaign event, labeling him a “predator” and claiming he has “predatory instincts.”
You can imagine the outcry if President Trump said something like that about any Democrat.
“I prosecuted the big banks when they preyed on homeowners. I prosecuted the pharmaceutical companies when they preyed on seniors. I prosecuted transnational criminal organizations when they preyed on women and children,” said the California Democrat, blasting the president over everything from detention centers at the border and his health care proposals to his “trade tax.”
“I know predators, and we have a predator living in the White House,” she declared.
“Donald Trump has predatory nature and predatory instincts,” Harris continued, apparently believing that as a former prosecutor she was qualified to make the assessment.
“The thing about predators, you should know, is that they prey on the vulnerable. They prey on those who they do not believe are strong. The thing about predators you must, most importantly know: Predators are cowards,” she added.
“And so when we look at this campaign, and we look at the task before us, it will be to successfully prosecute the case against four more years of Donald Trump, and I am prepared to do that,” said Harris.
Unsurprisingly, a CNN panel thought that Harris was on target and it wasn’t going too far to label the president – or anyone – with the description.
“Calling the President a predator. This is somebody who has, obviously, as a former prosecutor and attorney general in California, San Francisco, prosecuted predators. Too strong, do you think?” CNN host Jake Tapper asked on Wednesday during “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“Not at all,” Former senior spokesperson for Hillary Clinton Campaign Karen Finney replied, citing the Access Hollywood tape in 2016 as well as unverified allegations by several women against the President, including the recent alleged rape accusation from writer E. Jean Carroll.
“And I think we’ve established that this President is not someone who is particularly pro-woman. That is certainly our feeling from the Democratic side,” Finney said.
“And I think she probably felt like you got to get in there and be strong about it because that is what people are feeling,” she said about Kamala Harris. “And whereas before they might have been willing to kind of put that aside and hold their nose and vote for Trump or they didn’t like Hillary and they voted for Trump, now we know more, not just about him and women, but we know more about his policies.”
Alice Stewart, a CNN political commentator and former aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee, thought that Kamala Harris was just trying to grab headlines with her insult on President Trump. She also noted that Trump’s supporters have given him a “Mulligan” on past alleged behavior.
“And to our knowledge, it has not continued to happen. And the most important point is for social evangelicals who have a real problem with that kind of behavior, he has followed through on the policies that we support him on, which is Supreme Court, life and religious liberties,” Stewart explained.
“His personal behavior, yes, it has been disturbing, but his policies are the reason a lot of people stand behind him,” she added.