“We have a predator living in the White House,” the candidate for the Democratic nomination for president said at a picnic for Iowa Democrats in West Des Moines.
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“I know predators,” Harris said while referencing her experience as a prosecutor.
“I prosecuted the big banks when they preyed on homeowners. I’ve prosecuted the pharmaceutical companies when they’ve preyed on seniors. I’ve prosecuted transnational corporations when they’ve preyed on women and children,” she said.
Harris said there’s a “little secret” about predators.
“Donald Trump has predatory nature and predatory instincts, and the thing you should know about predators is they prey on the vulnerable, they prey on those who they do not believe are strong,” she said.
“And the thing about predators you must most importantly know, predators are cowards.”
Harris went on to say that the task before Democrats is to “successfully prosecute the case against four more years of Donald Trump, and I am prepared to do that.”
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The Democratic candidate was far from the first to put the word “predator” together with Trump’s name in the same sentence.
Last year, authors Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy published the book, “All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator.”
The book set out to examine Trump’s relationships with women and look at the “roots of his alleged predatory behaviour.”
U.K. shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry also described the president that way in early June.
“He is a sexual predator, he is a racist, and it’s right to say that. And I think we need to think about when is it that our country got so scared. Why can’t we start saying things as they are?” Thornberry told the BBC’s Today programme, as quoted by Politico.
The predator label came after Trump faced accusations of sexual assault and misconduct from as many as 24 women.
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The most recent allegation came from advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who said Trump forced himself on her in a dressing room in the mid 1990s.
Trump denied ever having met Carroll and said, “shame on those who make up false stories of assault to try to get publicity for themselves, or sell a book, or carry out a political agenda.”