Harris attacks Trump for failing to condemn white supremacists: ‘It wasn’t like he didn’t have a chance. He didn’t do it and then he doubled down.’

Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday said that President Trump had had the opportunity to condemn white supremacy, but “he didn’t do it — and then he doubled down.”

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KAMALA HARRIS: I will not sit here and be lectured by the vice president on what it means to enforce the laws of our country. I am the only one on this stage who has personally prosecuted everything from child sexual assault to homicide. I am the only one on this stage has prosecuted the big banks for taking advantage of America's homeowners. I am the only one on this stage who prosecuted for-profit colleges for taking advantage of our veterans.

And the reality of this is that we are talking about an election in 27 days where last week the president of the United States took a debate stage in front of 70 million Americans and refused to condemn white supremacists.

MIKE PENCE: Not true.


MIKE PENCE: Not true.

KAMALA HARRIS: --it wasn't like he didn't have a chance. He didn't do it, and then he doubled down. And then he said, when pressed, "Stand back. Stand by."

And this is a part of a pattern of Donald Trump's. He called Mexicans rapists and criminals. He instituted as his first act a Muslim ban.

He, on the issue of Charlottesville, where people were peacefully protesting the need for racial justice where a young woman was killed, and on the other side, there were neo-Nazis carrying tiki torches, shouting racial epithets, anti-Semitic slurs.

And Donald Trump, when asked about it, said, "There were fine people on both sides." This is who we have as the president of the United States. And, America, you deserve better. Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together--

SUSAN PAGE: Senator Harris.

KAMALA HARRIS: --and recognizes the beauty in our diversity and the fact that we all--

SUSAN PAGE: Senator, thank you.

KAMALA HARRIS: --have much more in common than what separates us.

SUSAN PAGE: Vice President Pence, let me give you a minute to respond.

MIKE PENCE: Thank you, Susan. I appreciate that very much.

I think this is one of the things that makes people dislike the media so much in this country, Susan. Is that you selectively edit, just like Senator Harris did, comments that President Trump and I and others on our side of the aisle make.

Senator Harris conveniently omitted after the president made comments about people on either side of the debate over monuments, he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, and has done so repeatedly. You're concerned that he doesn't condemn neo-Nazis.

President Trump has Jewish grandchildren. His daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. This is a president who respects and cherishes all of the American people.