Kamala Harris Condemns Trump's 'Vile' Racist Attack, Says She'll Send Him 'Back to Where He Came From' On Election Day 2020

2020 Democratic hopeful Kamala Harris slammed Donald Trump for his racist tweets attacking four progressive congresswomen, saying that on Election Day in 2020 she is going to send the president "back to where he came from."

"It is vile, it is ignorant, it is shallow, it is hateful and it has to stop," Harris said of Trump's remarks during a women of color roundtable event in Iowa on Tuesday. "The current president of the United States has defiled the office of the president of the United States."

On Wednesday, Harris tweeted a short video clip of her remarks and vowed to send Trump "back to where he came from" on November 3, 2020 — assuming that she wins the Democratic Party's nomination for president.

On November 3, 2020, I am going to send Donald Trump back to where he came from. pic.twitter.com/t1oAD7s5Od

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 17, 2019

The California senator added that Trump has the opportunity to "lift people up" as president but instead has chosen to use his platform to "beat people down, to belittle people, to bully people, to diminish people."

"And as far as I'm concerned, he's a coward," Harris added, prompting applause from the audience. "He's a coward and a bully."

Trump railed against a group of House Democrats in a series of tweets on Sunday, claiming the lawmakers are from "corrupt" and "inept" foreign countries. The president also suggested they should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done."

While the president did not use specific names, he appeared to be referring to freshman lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Three of the four women were born in the U.S., while Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to America when she was a child.

The group of lawmakers, also known as "the Squad," responded to Trump's racist tirade in a press conference on Tuesday. The Democrats slammed the president for his "complete hypocrisy" and accused him of politically benefiting from dividing the country.

"When people say, 'If you say a negative thing about the policies in this country, you hate this country,' to me it sort of speaks to the hypocrisy," Omar said. "When this president ran and until today, he talked about everything that was wrong in this country and how he was going to make it great. And so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it's complete hypocrisy."

President Trump has only doubled down on his original statements against the Democrats, tweeting on Wednesday that he is "entitled" to his opinion and that everyone should "ignore" the group of lawmakers.

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn Trump's racist comments. The resolution was approved 240-187 with only four Republicans and one independent supporting the move.

Republicans in Congress have largely remained silent on Trump's tweets or say that they are not racist. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the president, saying "it's about time we lowered the temperature all across the board." McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, was cited by a White House official earlier this week as proof that Trump is not racist. Chao is one of the few remaining minorities serving in the administration.

In her condemnation of Trump's remarks, Harris added that Americans will continue to "speak truth to power" and "speak to the ideals and promises of who we are as a nation."

"And he needs to go back to where he came from," she concluded as the audience gave her a standing ovation.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum on July 16, 2019 in Bettendorf, Iowa. Twenty democratic presidential candidates are participating in the AARP and Des Moines Register candidate forums that will feature four candidates per forum that are being to be held in cities across Iowa over five days. Justin Sullivan/Getty