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As the election is nearing, there has been a plethora of hot topics emerging every single day. One of these is Donald Trump stating that he believes his daughter Ivanka would be much better as a vice president than Kamala Harris.
This was stated during a Republican rally in New Hampshire on Friday. He started an indictment on the qualifications of the Indian-Jamaican senator, Harris, for the position, as he tagged her as incompetent for the job.
Comparing a woman with a lot of experience in the field with a political newcomer is not a sensible approach. Kamala has a lot of experience in regulating public affairs, compared to Ivanka, who only recently stepped into politics. Let’s have a look at why Trump said this, and why it is based on flawed assumptions.
What made it the highlight?
President Donald Trump chose to rip Kamala Harris down in his campaign rally. Deploying his preferred arguments as he did in 2016, he implied that the California senator, Kamala Harris, is not the kind of woman qualified to be the first woman president and make history. Although he stated that indeed he would like to see a woman president of the United States, he does not want to see a woman like Harris get into that position.
“She’s not competent. They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka,'” Trump said. However, it is not very clear who Trump meant as “They.” He believes that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, who is also a senior adviser at the White House, would be a much better candidate for that role.
Why are Trump’s claims about Ivanka based on flawed assumptions?
Trump’s claims about Ivanka Trump are flawed in nature. One of the biggest reasons for this is that Ivanka is not a career politician at all. She has no experience in politics and public administration, and she does not know much about the law compared to Senator Harris. Kamala Harris has extensive experience in framing public policy and its implementation. Not only this, but she has also acted as the Attorney General of California, which makes her a perfect fit for the office of the vice president of the United States.
On the other hand, Ivanka is a businesswoman who just started her career in politics as an advisor to the president recently. Surprisingly, the president is her father, and this comes as nepotism, instead of the qualifications of Ivanka Trump. In addition to that, Ivanka is a Republican and saying that she should be the VP on the ticket of the Democrats is a completely false approach, as Ivanka cannot be elected as VP from the camps of Democrats due to her political affiliations for Republicans. So, comparing both of the ladies does not make any sense at all.
US Election 2020 updates: Possible reasons for Trump’s claims
In the previous year, Kamala Harris, 55, quit the presidential race because of a decline in popular support. Before that, she was running for president. It is only recently Harris again became the topic of discussion. Joe Biden, candidate for president from the Democratic Party, chose her as his vice president for the November 3 elections, and, as a result, Harris came back to the political spotlight. Interestingly, she is the first Black woman to be chosen to represent a major political party for the role of vice president.
Apart from that, she is born to a Jamaican father and an Indian mother. Being the first-ever official of Indian descent in a presidential campaign, she is also the fourth woman in the United States’ history to be selected to run for the national office of vice-president or president.
She brings a much stronger campaign strategy to the competition than Mr. Biden. She has an inspirational ability to catch pure political energy, is experienced on the debate stage, and maintains a unique personality and family background. Many of the Democrats see that Ms. Harris after her own presidential bid broke up last year, was likely to pursue another race for the White House. If Joe Biden wins, she can be named in four or eight years as the de facto party leader, as he decided to choose her.
She was a trustworthy Democratic supporter, with versatile policy priorities that generally mirrored Mr. Biden’s, and his supporters believed that they could strengthen the popularity of Mr. Biden to Black voters and women without especially strong left- and right-wing opposition.
As we see, Kamala Harris has many significant talents, so why did Trump choose to criticize her in his campaign rally? It can be said Trump delivered his speech coated in sheer mockery. He deliberately made fun of the fact that Harris failed in her bid last year for the presidential nomination. She started off strong, but slowly her popularity declined over the months. Trump called her terrible, claiming that since she realized she would not have received popular votes, she chose to drop out of the race.
Judging from this incident, he constantly criticized that you do not want such a candidate for your role. The United States president added that Biden is also on a far-left line, the most extreme far-leftist candidate in American electoral history.
This is not the first time Trump attacked Kamala Harris
Earlier, we have seen in August how Trump encouraged a racist conspiracy theory on Kamala Harris’s competence as a vice president. He made several other false claims that clearly suggest Trump garners hatred towards Kamala Harris. Previously, a few hours after the announcement of Harris as the vice-presidential candidate, Trump had used the word “nasty” to characterize the presumable Democratic vice president.
His verdicts back then were infuriating due to indications of sexism and racism. Trump projected that, according to him, it is unlikely that a woman would do the job she was chosen to do and not be inspired by her impulses. After that, for Trump, only one day was needed to bring back “birtherism,” the first one Trump used as a political journey.
He unfairly claimed that the citizenry criteria for vice president are not met by Kamala Harris, who was born in California. He stated that since Harris’ parents were immigrants, she cannot be eligible for the vice president role. This claim was, of course, false. However, Trump kept on attacking Kamala Harris verbally.
Trump has introduced yet another unpredictable factor in reviving the birthday playbook as an increasingly confusing way to compete against Biden’s newly celebrated teammate. Alternatively, Trump and the Republicans represented that Harris is a radical leftist. Press allies are curious about how she pronounces her name, and if she is just a Black American with her mixed-race heritage. Surely, the Trump campaign quickly reacted with a video on the website, which labels Harris “Phony Kamala,” accused her of challenging the Democratic nomination process to the far-left.
Other than that, Trump also criticized Harris’ appearance and said that during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmatory hearings, she was “nasty.” She was named “the meanest” United States Senator by a fundraising message from his campaign. This kind of insult is reminiscent of the 2016 election when Trump mocked Clinton in the televised debate as a “nasty woman.”
When Biden and Harris first made an official presidential presence, Biden condemned his fellow candidate’s filthy remarks. In trying to settle on a line of argument toward Biden, Trump was likewise convoluted. He named him “Sleepy Joe” because he’s too old to be president.
As we can see, Donald Trump, the one with many issues, has been attacking Kamala Harris on the grounds of racism and sexism for a while. So, this is not the first time. He pulled off similar attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016. It can be said he favors Ivanka Trump, as she is his own daughter. His daughter, in his eyes, is more competent for the role; this statement is also a form of power practice. There is no other rational reasoning behind this incident.
However, Kamala Harris claimed that the approach of the President had been “a reckless disregard” for the risk that a pandemic could pose to American lives, hours prior to Trump giving his acceptance speech at the White House from the South Lawn. She also implied that Trump failed to do the most basic important job, and he failed to protect the people of the States. Needless to say, her verdict is not completely wrong. The public is here to judge.
The debates on the election are nowhere near being over. The primary reason for which Trump attacked Kamala Harris and compared her with Ivanka is the sense of danger that Kamala can rattle the campaign of the president. She can also win many Republican voters for the Democrats, which is why Donald Trump has started making personal attacks on the senator. Comparing a career politician with a businesswoman is a completely flawed assumption, and this is exactly what Trump did. Both parties have very solid arguments against each other. Truth tastes bitter, and that is exactly what happened for Trump, which in return persuaded him to criticize Kamala Harris as being incompetent. With the number of questionable verdicts coming from Trump, we can only wait for what he is going to deliver next.
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