Speaking to supporters at a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif referred to President Trump as a “predator.”
Touting her record as attorney general of California, Harris said she successfully prosecuted “big banks, when they preyed on homeowners. I’ve prosecuted the pharmaceutical companies when they preyed on seniors. I have prosecuted transactional criminal organizations when they preyed on women and children.”
“I know predators, and we have one living in the White House.”
“And the thing about this person is he’s got predatory instincts and a predatory nature, because let me tell you a secret about predators, they prey on the vulnerable. They prey on those whom they assume are weak. They prey on those who they assume are desperate, and the thing about predators is this: they’re cowards, and what we need and want in our America is a president of the United States who recognizes that her strength derives from an ability not to beat people down, but lift people up, lift them up,” she said.
Harris said Trump ran on the promise to make America great again, but “he has actually betrayed America.”
I know predators and we have one living in the White House. pic.twitter.com/YKbUdTvvlW
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 3, 2019
The comment was a not-so-subtle reference to the dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault that have been levied against President Trump in recent years.
Over a dozen women came forward with claims during the 2016 election, following the release of Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” tape.
Last month, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused the president of raping her in the early 1990s.