“She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing,” Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, adding that he thought Harris “was the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate.”
Supporters of Harris, a former San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general, have pointed to her prosecutorial interrogations of various Trump administration officials in congressional hearings as an advantage in her vice presidential candidacy.
Trump went on to characterize Harris as being known as “just about the most liberal person in the U.S. Senate,” and said: “I would’ve thought that Biden would’ve tried to stay away from that a little bit.”
Of course, Harris was not the most left-leaning contender under consideration to become Biden’s running mate, and her Senate colleagues include such prominent progressives as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — a self-professed democratic socialist.
Later Tuesday evening, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump again insisted Harris was the “most liberal person, supposedly, in the Senate,” and argued that she “fled” the Democratic primary contest when she withdrew from the race last December.
Despite the president’s purported eagerness Wednesday to confront Harris in the general election campaign, some GOP officials and many people in Trump’s orbit have acknowledged she is likely to further boost Biden’s already front-running candidacy.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is ahead of the Republican incumbent nationally as well as across key battlegrounds, according to virtually all public polling — although Trump claimed in another tweet Wednesday morning that he was “leading in most swing states!”