“People don’t like her,” Trump said of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. “Nobody likes her.”
Trump also dismissed Harris as “further left than crazy Bernie,” referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and mispronounced her first name three times in a row, with great exaggeration, as his audience jeered:
Trump mispronounces Kamala Harris's name, which he repeats numerous times like it's an incantation or something pic.twitter.com/CUtgyKe8QW— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 8, 2020
Although Trump said Harris’ name correctly at other points in the event, mispronouncing her first name has become something of a trend in right-wing circles, from Fox News host Tucker Carlson to the president himself.
Harris’ presence on the ticket marks a number of historic firsts. She is the first Black candidate in the VP slot for a major party as well as the first Caribbean-American and Asian-American woman in the role (her father was from Jamaica and her mother was from India).
But Trump said Harris should forget higher aspirations:
Trump on Kamala Harris: Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. That would be an insult to our country pic.twitter.com/x08kESAjoY— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 8, 2020
Harris apparently got under Trump’s skin this week for warning that he may try to rush approval of a vaccine ahead of Election Day, a timeline most health experts say is not possible.
“I will say that I would not trust Donald Trump,” Harris told CNN, then added that she would trust a vaccine if a “credible” source determined it to be safe.
Trump said Harris’ comments were “bad for this country.”
“I don’t want the achievement for myself,” the president said Monday. “I want something that will make people better.”
Trump’s critics called him out for his unseemly attacks, which many noted came with more than a tinge of racism and sexism:
Pure racism. Shame on anyone who supports him. That is a vote for hate. https://t.co/WF6Px7XFan— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 8, 2020
BREAKING: Birther who called Nazis "very fine people" declares a woman of color to be an "insult" to the office of President.— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 8, 2020
Q: Who could have seen that comin'?
The greatest insult to our country is Donald trump. It will be a gift to America one day to have Kamala Harris as president of USA but for now ,we are excited about her being Vice President 🇺🇸🇺🇸✊🏿✌🏼💙💙Biden Harris 2020— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) September 9, 2020
Trump saying that "no one likes" Kamala Harris, and that she'd "be a insult to the country," isn't even subtle or hidden racism.— Larry Middleton (@l78lancer) September 9, 2020
It is the stupid childish demagogic racism of an imbecile with the brain of a second grader.
So why is Trump attacking Kamala now? She was named weeks ago. And just in the last few days he's been raging against her. Why?— Neera -Vote Early- Tanden (@neeratanden) September 9, 2020
I think it's because Biden/Harris brought in a record money haul in August.He knows people are excited about the ticket.Her star appeal drives him crazy
THIS JUST IN: There’s no bottom. https://t.co/3NNQqk8EY3— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 9, 2020
He really is a nasty white supremacist. https://t.co/lDESIrFPV6— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) September 9, 2020
@realDonaldTrump— Dolores Ponce (@LolaOnThePath) September 9, 2020
Kamala Harris is a person head and shoulders above you in every respect.
Your racism and misogyny are evident!
Yup, and jealousy. You’d like to be that capable but can’t be.
The number of people not “liking” you are growing!
I’m pretty sure the advice Trump got here was “say her name as racistly as possible.” https://t.co/Xqi6oWbHCz— Chris (@ChrisXSC) September 9, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.