Harris calls Trump 'a predator' at Iowa campaign stop

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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. 

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 BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' 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 Ann WarrenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) in third place, coming in with 10 percent support, up from six percent.