US Presidential Elections 2020 LIVE news updates: US President Donald Trump termed Senator Kamala Harris as “grossly incompetent,” saying he was surprised when his Democratic rival Joe Biden picked her as his running mate in the November 3 presidential election. Harris, 55, is the first-ever Black, African-American and Indian-American woman to be the vice-presidential candidate of a major political party.
“I was surprised to learn when Biden selected Harris as his running mate. Believe it or not, it’s true she is rated the most liberal person in Congress. I think she’s grossly incompetent I’ll be honest with you,” Trump said during a rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Trump, a Republican, said during the Democratic primaries no one treated Biden as badly as Harris.
“Also, Harris was dropped out of the Democratic Party’s presidential race as her popularity ratings dipped low,” he said. Former vice president Biden has defended Harris, saying she is smart, tested and prepared. “She (Harris) is smart. She is tested. She is prepared,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser event with Harris.
“The way she talks about her mom, her immigrant story that started Indian. It’s one of the things that really stood out to me. We both talked about our moms. My mom was all about sacrifice and community and how much they sacrificed for both of us, my mom and hers. And I know the pride you feel in her nomination,” Biden said.
Pressure mounts on GOP senators over filling Ginsburg seat
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to rush a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as pressure mounted on senators to support or oppose a quick vote to fill the seat.
As the Senate returned to Washington on Monday, all eyes were on Republicans Mitt Romney of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa for clues to whether Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be able to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement anytime soon.
A day earlier, Biden had urged unnamed Republicans to join Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine in opposing a confirmation vote before the November 3 election.