'Phony Kamala': Trump campaign responds to Harris VP pick

Tom Winter contributed.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign attacked Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday, labeling her a “phony” who was "rejected" by voters in the primary, moments after the California Democrat was announced as Joe Biden's running mate.

Katrina Pierson, Trump 2020 senior advisor, claimed in a statement that Harris "called Joe Biden a racist and asked for an apology she never received," adding that "Phony Kamala will abandon her own morals."

Harris criticized Biden during a June 2019 primary debate for his record on bussing, but stated at the time "I do not believe you are a racist."

Trump also tweeted out a video Tuesday attacking the Biden-Harris ticket.

"Voters rejected Harris. They smartly spotted a phony. But not Joe Biden. He's not that smart," a narrator in the video says. "Slow Joe and phony Kamala. Perfect together, wrong for America."

Harris dropped out of the Democratic primary in December, before the first nominating contests were held.

The Trump campaign also went after Harris for being too far left, claiming that she called "for trillions of dollars in new taxes and backing Bernie Sanders’ government takeover of healthcare."

Harris raised some confusion during the Democratic primary on where she stood on Medicare for All and whether she supported eliminating private health insurance. She clarified during the primary that if elected, she would not abolishing private insurance.

A White House administration official said Tuesday that Harris was an “expected pick” and that no one was surprised by the announcement. The officials said the campaign would hit heavily on Harris' past criticisms of Biden and would focus on her record in the Senate.

Trump twice donated to Harris while a private citizen, according to California state donation records. Both times were when Harris was an Attorney General candidate. The first donations was in September of 2011 for $5,000 and the second was in February of 2013 for $1,000.

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