In an interview with The Root this week, Sen. Kamala Harris said there’s little doubt in her mind that President Donald Trump is a racist. The California Democrats, now in the hunt for Trump’s job, said that the president’s remarks on Mexican immigrants, African countries, and the deadly situation in Charlottesville had proven his racist take on the world.
“When you talk about him calling African countries s-hole countries. When you talk about him referring to immigrants as rapists and murderers, I don’t think you can reach any other conclusion,” Harris said.
“So you definitely agree that he’s a racist?” asked interviewer Terrell Jermaine Starr.
“I do, yes. Yes,” she said.
This isn’t the first time that Harris has insinuated that Trump is a racist, but this is by far her strongest commentary on the subject to date.
Unfortunately, she is not the only one in the running for the Democratic nomination to express such a wildly-reckless view. Sen. Bernie Sanders has said that Trump is a racist, Sen. Sherrod Brown (expected to run) said recently that “we have a president who’s a racist,” and others in the party have been just as up front about their beliefs.
One candidate, however, shied away from the question when asked.
On the day he announced he was running for president, Sen. Cory Booker was asked if he considered Trump to be a racist.
“I don’t know the heart of anybody,” said Booker. “I’ll leave that to the lord. I know there are a lot of people who profess the ideology of white supremacy that use his words. And I believe his failure to condemn bigotry and racism, I believe that when he makes comments on African countries, when he challenges and demeans the ability for federal judges to do their job because of ancestry — that’s bigoted language.”
Booker was wise to avoid the trap. If the American people are growing sick of anything, it is the left’s desperate need to label anything and everything as racist. Any Democratic candidate who makes that a showpiece of their agenda is going to wish they hadn’t. This is not the kind of rhetoric that is going to win back Obama/Trump voters in the Midwest.
This is, in fact, the kind of nonsense that vaulted Donald Trump to the Republican nomination in the first place.