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Kamala Harris crystallizes Trump’s view of women — ‘nasty’ or housewives

Katie Rogers writes:

In the hours since Senator Kamala Harris joined the Democratic presidential ticket, President Trump has responded by sorting women into two categories: the good “suburban housewife” he believes will vote for him, and nasty women who have not shown him or his political allies a sufficient amount of respect.

After Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee, announced on Tuesday that Ms. Harris would be his running mate, Mr. Trump wasted no time sorting her into the “nasty” camp, a category occupied by the last woman to run against him on a Democratic ticket.

“She was extraordinarily nasty to Brett Kavanaugh — Judge Kavanaugh then, now Justice Kavanaugh,” Mr. Trump said of Ms. Harris, using “nasty” or some version of the word no fewer than four times as he referred to Senate confirmation hearings held in 2018. At the time, Mr. Kavanaugh, angrily seeking to rebut emotional testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a party in 1982, found himself on the receiving end of questions from Ms. Harris, a former prosecutor.

At one point, Ms. Harris asked the Supreme Court nominee whether he could think of any existing laws that govern the male body. Mr. Kavanaugh could not.

“She was nasty to a level that was just a horrible thing,” Mr. Trump said on Tuesday. “And I won’t forget that soon.” [Continue reading…]

The Daily Beast reports:

Three days after winning Sen. Kamala Harris’ endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination, former vice president and future nominee Joe Biden had one request to make of his onetime rival: the support of her famous #KHive.

“All you need to do is ask!” Harris responded cheerily.

That moment, released in a campaign video posted in early March that smash-cuts to a series of clips of drumlines, marches, and supporters dressed in Harris’ signature campaign color palette, presaged the importance of Harris’ most vocal and demonstrative fans—the name is lifted from performing artist Beyoncé’s #BeyHive—in the months to come.

Now that Harris has joined the ticket, the California senator’s fanbase is newly invigorated—although as Biden seeks to unite the Democratic Party in the final months of the campaign, he may need to do more for their support than just ask for it.

“There was so much misinformation and so much dogpiling on her throughout the primary and then down through this VP process,” said Chris Evans, who under the 53,000-follower strong nom de Twitter @notcapnamerica has become a queen bee in the #KHive. “That’s part of what’s kept us active—we feel this purpose to get out there and whack-a-mole these different attacks that, we feel, are either false or are misleading or unfair.”

Harris, Evans said, has “built a pretty vast digital army”—and now she gets to use it. [Continue reading…]

David A. Hopkins writes:

If the vice-presidential nominee usually reflects the wishes of the whole party, what does the choice of Kamala Harris reveal about the state of the Democrats in 2020? As a biracial Black and Asian-American woman, Ms. Harris is a member of social groups that are important sources of party support but that have been historically underrepresented in elective office. She is an orthodox liberal, but not an ideological purist. She is young enough, and new enough to national office, to represent a generational contrast to the older cohort of party leaders.

In short, Ms. Harris is a political heir to Barack Obama. Her ascent to the national ticket alongside his own two-term vice president demonstrates how much the Democratic Party continues to follow the course charted by Mr. Obama’s presidency more than a decade after it began.

Joe Biden’s five-decade career in politics has been guided by the instinct to give his party what it wants. And he has concluded that Democrats want their future to look a lot like their recent past.

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