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Trump attacks new Democratic vice-presidential hopeful Harris

Washington DC, Aug 11 (efe-epa).- United States senator Kamala Harris was announced as the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday, and it didn’t take long for the president to launch a verbal attack against her, saying she was “disrespectful” and “nasty.”

“I was a little surprised that he picked her,” Donald Trump told reporters at the White House during his daily coronavirus conference.

Trump criticized Harris, a former prosecutor and attorney general of California, over her “extraordinarily nasty” questioning of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who in 2018 was grilled by Harris and others over allegations of sexual misconduct during his confirmation hearings for the position.

“I thought she was the meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the US Senate,” Trump said.

During the deliberations, Harris had indicated concern that Trump had nominated Kavanaugh “to fulfill a political agenda.”

Earlier on Twitter, Trump had reacted to the news of her nomination by posting a 30-second propaganda film-like election campaign video on his account in which a narrator describes Harris as a “phony” and Biden as “slow,” adding that they are “perfect together but wrong for America.”

“The voters rejected Harris. They smartly spotted a phony. But not Joe Biden. He is not that smart. Biden calls himself a transition candidate,” said the narrator of the video, which adds that the Democratic candidate for president is “handing over the reins to Kamala while they jointly embrace the radical left.”

The 30-second video accuses the African-American senator of “rushing to the radical left,” saying that she backed former Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All scheme, called for new taxes and attacked Biden for “racist policies.”

At the press conference, Trump also said that Harris, who was on a bloated list of Democratic candidates for the nomination, “did very poorly in the primaries.”

 Just two weeks ago he said she would be a “fine choice” for the Democratic vice-presidential pick.

Biden on Tuesday formally announced his decision to choose Harris as his running mate for the presidential elections on Nov. 3.

The 55-year-old daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother won her seat in the upper house of Congress in 2016.

Harris ran in the Democratic primaries where she generated great expectations at the beginning of the race, during which she had several clashes with Biden, but then lost momentum as the campaign progressed.

Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama (2009-2017), had long announced his intention to choose a woman as a running mate. EFE-EPA

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