Donald Trump Threatened By Kamala Harris Because She's a 'Strong Black Woman': CNN Analyst

CNN political analyst and American Urban Radio Networks Washington, D.C., bureau chief April Ryan on Monday asserted that President Donald Trump's administration is threatened by 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cali.) because she's a "strong black woman" that claps back.

During a segment on CNN's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer discussed the president's son Donald Trump Jr.'s retweet of a post from conservative commentator Ali Alexander claiming that Harris is "not an American black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican."

"Is this true? Wow," Don Jr. wrote on Thursday, before later deleting the tweet that same evening.

"Eerily familiar, isn't it?" Ryan said of the incident. "President Trump began his political career with birtherism, and that gave him basically the Oval Office. He began that way, and now his son is trying to throw this at another black person who is of mixed race, but who was born in this nation."

"No one questions President Trump when he talks about his father was 'born in Germany,' or even Ted Cruz," the political analyst noted.

Ryan went on to declare that "Kamala Harris is a threat to this White House because she is a black woman. This president has a problem with strong black women, or black women period. End of story."

"And then watching her in those debates, Kamala Harris showed, as the young people say, the clap back," she continued. "She had a clap back when she went after Joe Biden, and she definitely showed in this first round of debates that she could stand toe-to-toe with Donald Trump and give him what he gives her. So she is a threat to them in more ways than one."

Born in Oakland, California, Harris, 54, is the daughter of Shyamala Gopalan, an Indian immigrant, and Donald Harris, a Jamaican immigrant. Gopalan and Harris met at the University of California, Berkeley when they were both graduate students, according to the senator's memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.

After Don Jr. deleted his post on Twitter, Andy Surabian, a spokesperson for the president's son, told the New York Times that the tweet was "simply him asking if it was true that Kamala Harris was half-Indian because it's not something he had ever heard before."

"And once he saw that folks were misconstruing the intent of his tweet, he quickly deleted it," Surabian added.

Several of Harris' fellow 2020 Democratic candidates joined critics of the Trump administration in condemning Don Jr.'s tweet as "racist."

"Donald Trump Jr. is a racist too. Shocker," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote: "The attacks against @KamalaHarris are racist and ugly. We all have an obligation to speak out and say so. And it's within the power and obligation of tech companies to stop these vile lies dead in their tracks."

"This is racism. It was wrong before, and it's wrong now. We won't allow it again," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke added: "There's a long history of black Americans being told they don't belong — and millions are kept down and shut out to this day. @KamalaHarris is an American. Period. And all of us must call out attempts to question her identity for what they are: racist."

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CNN analyst April Ryan on Monday said President Donald Trump's White House is scared of 2020 candidate Kamala Harris because she's a "strong black woman" who has showed that she's effective at clapping back. CNN/Screenshot