Harris and Biden campaigns spar on Twitter after debate

Harris and Biden campaigns spar on Twitter after debate
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Press secretaries for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' MORE (D-Calif.) sparred Thursday on Twitter over a Fox News story that detailed a $5,000 campaign donation to Harris from President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE in 2011.

"She literally gave all the money to an immigrants rights charity. Sloppy oppo pitch by the Biden team," wrote Ian Sams, national press secretary for Harris's presidential campaign.

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"Who else had Trump given to? Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' MORE. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE. The Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees," he added. "C'mon man!"

Before launching his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump sometimes donated to Democratic candidates running for office at various levels.

Biden spokesman Jamal Brown responded by tweeting that Harris took money from Trump after he began to spread birther conspiracies about former President Obama. 

"@KamalaHarris took $5,000 from @realDonaldTrump (the most he was allowed to give) months *AFTER* he became the leader of the hateful Birther movement & President Obama released his birth certificate," Brown wrote. "Then she held onto it *FOR YEARS* until Trump was a presidential candidate."  

"Stop trying to make fetch happen," Sams responded, referencing the movie "Mean Girls."

"Y’all are better than this," he added.

"Do you have a serious response? Why did she take his money after he became the leader of the Birther movement - & after Obama released his birth certificate - and then hold onto it for years?" Brown wrote.

The exchange followed arguments between the candidates Wednesday night over health care and abortion rights.

The two White House hopefuls quarreled at the previous debate, when Harris questioned Biden on his comments about working with segregationist senators and his past stance on busing black students to majority-white schools.

Biden and Harris are among more than two dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.