- President Donald Trump targeted Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a rant at a campaign rally in Florida on Friday.
- Trump said the US would never see a “socialist” president, “especially a female socialist,” apparently referring to Harris, who is not a socialist.
- The president has tried to paint Harris as a radical in what has so far been Trump’s tumultuous run for reelection.
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President Donald Trump targeted Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a sexist rant during a campaign rally in Florida on Friday.
Trump said the US would never see a “socialist” president, “especially a female socialist,” apparently referring to presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.
“We’re not supposed to have a socialist — look we’re not going to be a socialist nation. We’re not going to have a socialist president, especially a female socialist president, we’re not gonna have it, we’re not gonna put up with it,” Trump said.
Harris, a sitting US senator and former California attorney general, is not a socialist.
—Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) October 23, 2020
Earlier this month, a report in MIT Technology Review found that right-wing campaigns were spreading misinformation about Biden and Harris online, specifically targeting Hispanic-Americans.
The report also found that two Republican ads spread messages including one that claimed “Biden=Socialism” online.
This is not the first time Trump has targeted Harris.
Last month, he said: “if a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can’t be her.”
“That would rip our country apart,” Trump told his supporters during a campaign rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin. “This is not what people want. And she comes in through the back door — this would not be what people want, especially because it’s her.”
Neither the Trump campaign nor the Biden campaign returned Business Insider’s request for comment.