This week, the Joe Biden presidential campaign announced that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. (They’ll soon be the official nominees, since the Democratic National Convention is next week.) On Wednesday, Biden and Harris publicly spoke alongside one another for the first time since the announcement, and Harris promptly took Trump to task for the abject failures of his administration. Among other specifics, she — like Biden before her — called Trump out over the failure of his response to the Coronavirus, which, according to one tally, has claimed over 168,000 American lives as of Wednesday afternoon and threatens to hang over the country for a long time to come.
‘This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start — his refusal to get testing up and running, his flip-flopping on social distancing and wearing masks, his delusional belief that he knows better than the experts: all of that is reason, and the reason that an American dies of COVID-19 every 80 seconds. It’s why countless businesses have had to shut their doors for good. It’s why there is complete chaos over when and how to open our schools.’
All of this chaos is the legacy of the Trump administration. Any assertion otherwise is, quite simply, delusional.
Harris also laid blame at the doors of the Oval Office for the current high unemployment. She said:
‘Trump is also the reason that millions of Americans are now unemployed. He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and then, like everything else he has inherited, he ran it straight into the ground.’
Check out Harris’s comments below:
Sen. Kamala Harris : “This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start.” https://t.co/6YmWkhz6rd pic.twitter.com/PPz2SxxWz4
— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2020
Trump has already dragged out some of his own criticism of Harris. For instance, at a Tuesday press conference, he derided her as “nasty” for her harsh criticism of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. The reality is that Americans are ready for change. As of Wednesday afternoon, Biden leads Trump by an average of 7.3 percent in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics.