Harris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---'

White House hopeful SeN. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE's (D-Calif.) campaign shared footage Friday of the candidate addressing campaign staff from the night President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE was elected in 2016.

“We’re gonna have to figure out a way to go out there and give people something to believe in,” Harris tells a room full of campaign workers.

She goes on to tell the staffers that her godson, Alexander, went up to her on November 9, 2016, and told her, through tears “I don’t want Trump to win. Did he win?”


“And he’s crying. And so the tears of joy we shed when we elected Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary George Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' George Conway to take part in MSNBC impeachment hearing coverage MORE, and then my little godson’s tears tonight, because we might have elected Donald Trump? This is some shit,” Harris said, saying that she reminded the boy of his favorite superheroes on election night.

“And so once again our team, I think, will have to do what we always do, which is be prepared to fight. And to roll up our sleeves and fight,” she continued.

At the time, Harris told the staff that “I think our campaign is actually not over.” She had just been elected to be a senator of California, serving alongside Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats introduce Violence Against Women Act after bipartisan talks break down Harris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---' Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda MORE (D).  

“It’s a different kind of campaign. It’s not to win an office, but it’s gonna be a campaign to fight for everything that motivated us to run for this office in the first place. Because I think there is no question that everything that we have been talking about in terms of everything from criminal justice reform to climate change to immigration – this shit is now really on the line,” Harris said.

“Whenever you’ve dealt with people who are bullies, or are violent or predatory, it’s interesting how when people are under attack, the people who are being attacked usually do one of two things: they either fight back, or retreat. I’m so afraid that if this guy actually won, we’re gonna have whole communities of folks who are just gonna retreat. They’re gonna be so damn scared about what this all means for them,” she continued.  

Harris’s presidential campaign has struggled in recent weeks. A recent New York Times-Siena College poll of Iowa voters put Harris at only 3 percent, tied for sixth place among the slate of 2020 Democratic candidates. She also announced that her campaign would be laying off dozens of staffers at her Baltimore headquarters and redeploying others to Iowa.