Harris calls Trump 'a predator' at Iowa campaign stop

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D-Calif.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry 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 WarrenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (D-Mass.) in third place, coming in with 10 percent support, up from six percent.