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Harris calls Trump 'a predator' at Iowa campaign stop

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.) in third place, coming in with 10 percent support, up from six percent.