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Harris calls Trump 'a predator' at Iowa campaign stop

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE "a predator" at a campaign event in Iowa, delivering one of her sharpest attacks on the man she seeks to defeat in 2020. 

“I know predators and we have a predator living in the White House," Harris said to applause during a picnic in West Des Moines. 

"Donald Trump has predatory nature and predatory instincts," she continued. "The thing about predators is that they prey on the vulnerable. They prey on those who they do not believe are strong. The thing about predators you must importantly know [is] predators are cowards."  

Harris made a similar comment last month when she told an audience at the NAACP in South Carolina that she knew how to take on predators as a result of her career as a prosecutor. 

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The senator has seen newfound media attention and a boost in the polls since her debate performance in Miami last week. 

Harris confronted front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE on the stage, taking aim at his civil rights record as a senator in the 1970s.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed overtaking fellow Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass.) in third place, coming in with 10 percent support, up from six percent.