On Friday, Donald Trump told the supporters at his campaign rally that Kamala Harris is not competent enough to be the Democrats VP nominee, suggesting that his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, would be better candidate for such a role.
Trump said, “You know, I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see a woman president get into that position the way she’d do it, and she is not competent. She is not competent. They are all saying, ‘we want Ivanka. I don’t blame you’.
The attack on Harris came a day after the president wrapped the Republican National Convention, which is focused a large portion of its program on convincing voters that he is kind to women and has worked on behalf of Black Americans, messaging aimed at countering the President’s history of racist and sexiest comments.
The President has a history of making disparaging remarks about African Americans, including calling them ‘dumb’ or ‘stupid’ in public. He is specifically referred to some Black journalists.
Trump has also made a number of disparaging remarks about the intelligence and appearance of women over the years. He said, MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski had a low IQ. He said Arianna Huffington is unattractive both inside out.
On Friday, the President seemed to suggest that his off-script comments about Harris competence were meant solely for his supporters, not the larger number of American households watching his heavily scripted convention speech on television Thursday night.
Trump told, rallygoers in New Hampshire, “Well, it is a different kind of a speech. Tonight, I am in New Hampshire and we can wing it.” He added, “If I did last nights speech here, right now you would have all been walking out. if I did tonight’s speech there, I would have been criticized by being slightly radical.”