Harris: Trump 'empowers white supremacists'

Harris: Trump 'empowers white supremacists'
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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.) said Thursday President Trump is empowering white supremacists. 

The Democratic presidential candidate told CNN in an interview on her campaign bus that she agrees with her primary opponent 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’s earlier remarks that Trump is “encouraging” white supremacists. 

"The sad thing about this is it's no longer really a debatable point. There is just a long list of statements and tweets and behaviors from this president that make it very clear that he possesses hate and that he is divisive and that he is a racist," Harris said.


CNN asked Harris if it is important to call Trump a white supremacist. 

“I think it’s important to call it what it is which is that we have a president of the United States who does not reflect the values of who we are as a people, he is someone who empowers white supremacists and who condones their behavior, and that is not the kind of president that I think most Americans can be proud of, much less support,” she responded. 

Harris stopped short of calling Trump a white supremacist, but suggested CNN should "ask him that." 

"I'd be interested to see what his answer is," she said.

Other 2020 candidates, including 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.), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), have called Trump a white supremacist. 

The Democratic attacks follow the El Paso, Texas, shooting Saturday that killed 22 people. The suspected gunman in the shooting allegedly wrote a manifesto describing fears of a Latino “invasion.” 

Trump defended his immigration rhetoric against criticism that it inspired the attack. He told reporters earlier this week his rhetoric “brings people together."