In an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton during the 2019 Essence Festival, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) remarked that “we have a predator living in the White House,” continuing her string of attacks against President Donald Trump.

During her interview, Harris was questioned about her ability to withstand the verbal fire of Trump: “Do you feel that you’ll be able to face and stand up to a president who we know has no barriers or filters? We do know he’s afraid of prosecutors, so you’ll have that advantage. Are you ready for the fight if you are the nominee against this kind of president?”

“I’m ready,” Harris responded without hesitation. “Because here’s the thing, because of my experience I’ve taken on all kinds of predators. I’ve taken on the big banks. I’ve successfully taken on transnational criminal organizations. And I’m telling you, we have a predator living in the White House. He has predatory instincts and a predatory nature. It is their nature to pounce on and try to beat down people they perceive to be weak. It is their nature to attack vulnerable people. It is their nature to attack people who are desperate for help,” Harris stated.

Harris’ interview took place directly after her speech at the event, during which she touted her vision of the future, saying, “We’re not going back. In fact, it is time to turn the page. And it is time to write the next chapter.” The possibility of Harris being a significant part of that chapter has increased following the first round of Democratic primary debates in June. Harris used her stage time to attack Joe Biden on his history regarding race, delivering an emotional speech about the pain of integration, and how she experienced that pain on a personal level as one of the first students to be bused into school to enforce integration.

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