What Donald Trump Tweeted After Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Clashed in First VP Debate

President Donald Trump shared a video focusing on his African American supporters, criticized Kamala Harris, and said Mike Pence "WON BIG", following the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2020 election.

Democratic Senator Harris made history on Wednesday when she became the first woman of color to take to the VP debate stage. After the debate, Trump tweeted a video from Black Voices for Trump, an African American group backing the president's re-election. The video highlighted a number of issues, including Black unemployment rates and criminal justice reform. Trump has stressed these topics in an appeal to Black voters.

Just 8 percent of African American voters opted for Trump in 2016, according to exit polls at the time, but they are a constituency he has repeatedly tried to reach.

President Trump declared his Republican running mate, Vice President Mike Pence, the winner of the debate shortly after sharing the video.

"Mike Pence WON BIG!" Trump tweeted after the vice president praised Trump several times during the debate.

In a series of tweets over the course of the night, Trump also shared clips of Pence, campaign ads, articles critical of the Democratic ticket, and his own commentary on the two running mates.

"Mike Pence is doing GREAT! She is a gaffe machine," he wrote at one point.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020

Trump also commented on debate moderator Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today. He wrote: "Moderator cut off @VP Mike Pence while discussing the Knights of Columbus. This is what he was referring to..." in a Twitter post which also shared an article from the conservative publication National Review.

During the VP debate, Pence accused Harris of having attacked a judicial nominee who was a member of the Catholic organization Knights of Columbus, which opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.

In December 2018 Harris wrote to Brian C. Buescher, a nominee for the U.S District Court for the District of Nebraska, to ask whether he knew the group held such views when he joined. In his reply, Buescher said he did not recall. He added that he not involved in creating the group's policy and that his membership involved "participation in charitable and community events."

Trump also posted tweets which criticized former Vice President Joe Biden's tax plan and said Biden had "opposed taking out Osama Bin Laden".

According to a Washington Post fact-check, Biden was not opposed to killing Bin Laden. However, the then-VP did advise then-President Barack Obama that he thought more information was needed at some point before the raid took place, the newspaper said.

Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Debate
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participate in the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah on October 7, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the only scheduled debate between the two before the general election on November 3. Both candidates pivoted from difficult questions. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images