President Trump Is Competing With  Kamala Harris, Not Joe Biden

President Trump is shifting all his attacks to Kamala Harris. The attacks on the California Senator are increasingly harsh, but what does that say about Trump's fear for November?

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President Trump consistently attacked Joe Biden in the past, repeatedly calling him “Sleepy Joe” and bashing his predecessor, President Obama, for their administration’s actions. 

However, Biden’s recent announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate seemed to strike a nerve in Trump. For the past 2 days, the President specifically targeted Kamala Harris which signals a possible break from the GOP’s tactics in winning the 2020 election.

The attacks on the California Senator are increasingly harsh, but what does that say about Trump's fear for November?

Here’s How The GOP Is Taking On The Biden and Harris Campaign

A fundraising email sent Wednesday by the Trump campaign had a statement from Vice President Mike Pence, saying, "from the very first day of this Administration, President Trump has set our Nation on a path to freedom and opportunity." The email went on to read, “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would set America on the path of SOCIALISM and DECLINE.”

On Wednesday, Pence said on Fox News,“we’ve created more jobs in the last 3 months than Joe Biden and Barack Obama created in their 8 years in office.” In the same interview, the Vice President stated, “Joe Biden & Kamala Harris want to raise taxes by $4 trillion, they want to do their own version of the Green New Deal, they’re going to appoint activists to our Courts, they support taxpayer funded abortion, they support open borders & they want to cut funding to law enforcement.” 

 It is clear that Pence remained focused on intensifying the belief that a bad economy is inevitable with a Biden and Harris administration. 

Mike Pence continues to be a cheerleader for the President by praising the progress that the administration has made and slamming the political agenda of the Biden and Harris campaign. 

Today, Kellyanne Conway commented on Harris’ VP nomination, stating, “we can stand up and take a moment to applaud when history is made, and then take a moment to say why somebody who seems forward-looking would actually bring us backwards as a nation through her records, and her policies, and her beliefs.” 

Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee described Sen. Harris, “most liberal, leftist nominee for vice president that our country has ever seen." Conway, Blackburn, and Pence’s focus falls in line with the overall GOP tactic in getting Trump reelected: attacking policy rather than the person. 

Trump May Be Drifting From The GOP’S Election Tactic

During Tuesday and Wednesday’s press briefings, President Trump called Harris “nasty” multiple times. On Tuesday, he dubbed her as “the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful” in the Senate.

While the President continues to bash the Biden and Harris ticket as socialist and a threat to the economy, he often steps away from what appears to be the GOP’s tactic. Rather than continuing to target his competition with attacks on their agenda, he continues to lash out with personal attacks that focus on Harris as opposed to Biden. 

In a repeated attack on the California Senator’s performance during the Democratic Primaries, Trump tweeted, “@KamalaHarris started strong in the Democrat Primaries, and finished weak, ultimately fleeing the race with almost zero support. That’s the kind of opponent everyone dreams of!” Almost immediately after Biden’s VP announcement, the President released  a video on Twitter attacking Harris, giving her the nickname “Phony Kamala.”

Today on Fox News, Trump called Harris a “mad woman” and went on to criticize her during the Kavanaugh hearing once again, describing her as “so angry”. The President also tweeted, “The Fake News Media is giving @KamalaHarris a free pass despite her Radical Left failures and very poor run in the Democrat Primary. There was nobody meaner or more condescending to Slow Joe, not even me, and yet she quickly evaporated down to almost zero in the polls. Bad!”

Is Sen. Harris An Unanticipated Challenge To Trump?

According to Reuters, “Trump’s aides acknowledged Harris would be a formidable adversary. One senior White House official said that the Harris pick means Vice President Mike Pence would have a tough debate in October.” 

The President and Vice President seem out of balance when it comes to campaigning against Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The President’s attacks are increasingly personal, with special attention to Sen. Harris. While Pence focused on uplifting the President and demonstrating why the Trump administration is the right choice in 2020, the President spews more racist and sexist attacks against Harris as he repeatedly calls her “nasty”, “angry”, and “disrespectful”.

Biden’s announcement for vice president was a curveball for Trump as he struggles to follow the GOP’s tactic to win the November election. Harris and Pence will be put to the test during their October debate in Utah, one that Pence “can’t wait” for. 



 

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