President Donald Trump said that Senator Kamala Harris eventually becoming the first female president of the United States would be an “insult to our country.”
“People don’t like her,” Trump said during a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday. “Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be. That would be an insult to our country.”
Trump also repeatedly mispronounced Harris’s first name (the correct pronunciation is “comma-lah"). “You know who’s further left than crazy Bernie? Kah-mah-la,” he said. “Kah-mah-la. You remember she left the race.”
Social media users called Trump’s remarks racist and sexist. Some used the hashtag #WeHaveHerBack, which is a campaign launched by Times’s Up Now to counter biased media coverage of Harris and other women in politics.
Harris—the first woman of color to be nominated on a major party ticket—is the Democratic nominee for vice president. She originally ran as a presidential candidate but dropped out of the race in December 2019.
During a White House news conference on September 9, Donald Trump said Kamala Harris was “not a competent person” and described Joe Biden as a “stupid person.” He told rally attendees that Biden wants to “impose a $4 trillion tax hike, a ban on American energy, eliminate America’s borders, confiscate your guns.”
Trump—who enacted a “zero tolerance” policy against immigration seekers, separated families at the border, enforced a travel ban preventing citizens of seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the U.S., responded to a white supremacist rally by saying there were “very fine people on both sides,” reversed at least 100 environmental rules, attempted to defund the USPS, and bungled the response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed at least 174,000 Americans—claims that the only way Biden and Harris can win the upcoming election “is by doing very bad things.”
Originally Appeared on Glamour