By Joseph Wulfsohn
Published July 03, 2019
"I took on successfully, and I prosecuted the big banks, when they preyed on homeowners," Harris said, touting her record as attorney general of California. "I've prosecuted the pharmaceutical companies when they preyed on seniors. I have prosecuted transactional criminal organizations when they preyed on women and children.
“I know predators, and we have one living in the White House."
This was a not-so-subtle reference to the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that have dogged President Trump in recent years. Over a dozen women came forward with claims during the 2016 election, following the release of Trump's infamous "Access Hollywood" tape. Last month, ahead of the release of a new book, advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of an assault that she maintains took place in the early 1990s.
Harris has seen a major surge in the polls since her widely praised performance at last week's Democratic debates. The California senator has jumped into third place among the two-dozen candidates seeking the Democratic Party nod in the average of polls, according to Real Clear Politics. Several polls now put her close to the presumed front-runner, Joe Biden.
President Trump has previously refrained from attacking Harris and even complimented her campaign rollout, calling her launch the "best opening so far."