By RON KAMPEAS
WASHINGTON (JTA) — In her first appearance on national TV as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, California Sen. Kamala Harris lashed out at President Donald Trump for “fueling division,” including on race.
“Racism is real in America, sexism, anti-Semitism, transphobia, homophobia — these things are real in America,” Harris said Monday at a CNN town hall broadcast from Iowa, the first presidential nominating contest. “In Charlottesville, when a woman was killed, we have a president who has said we see ‘both sides’ of this,” she said, referring to the deadly August 2017 neo-Nazi march in Virginia, and Trump’s comments following it.
“We have seen what happened at the Tree of Life synagogue,” Harris said, referring to the massacre in October of 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue complex.
“The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us, and we need leadership in this country that recognizes that,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to do, and certainly it’s going to start with the top and not fueling the division we have seen.”
Harris formally launched her campaign over the weekend in Oakland, adopting the slogan, “America, we are better than this.” She is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, and her husband is Jewish.