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Trump: Harris had ‘best opening’ of 2020 Dems

Trump: Harris had ‘best opening’ of 2020 Dems
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE suggested Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Calif.) got a head start over other 2020 Democratic candidates so far, saying she had the “best opening” of any of her competitors.

“I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris,” Trump told The New York Times in an interview, adding that her first campaign rally got “A better crowd — better crowd, better enthusiasm.”

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“Some of the others were very flat.”

Harris’s campaign, which officially launched this week at a rally in Oakland, Calif., generated significantly more social media interest than those of her opponents, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandPentagon launches civilian-led commission to address military sexual assault Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed Lobbying world MORE (D-N.Y.). 

The Democratic primary field is expected to be one of the most crowded in modern history, with as many as 30 candidates expected to throw their hats into the ring. However, only a handful of those who would be considered front-runners have publicly expressed interest in running.

Democrats are still waiting on heavy-hitters such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and more to make their intentions known.

Trump campaign staffers have reportedly suggested that the president stands the best chance of reelection if he eventually faces off against Warren in 2020.

Trump attacked the Massachusetts Democrat, whom he frequently calls "Pocahontas," saying her credibility has been “hurt badly” over her controversial claims of Native American ancestry.

“I do think Elizabeth Warren’s been hurt very badly with the Pocahontas trap,” Trump said, adopting a slur to cite the scandal. “I think she’s been hurt badly. I may be wrong, but I think that was a big part of her credibility and now all of a sudden it’s gone.”

Warren announced last month she was convening an exploratory committee to look at a presidential bid. While her December declaration was soon buried in other campaign announcements, she teased Thursday another speech about her 2020 plans set for Feb. 9.