Har­ris to slam Trump over pan­demic on Thurs­day

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY BILL BAR­ROW

Demo­cratic vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Ka­mala Har­ris plans to de­liver a speech con­demn­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day for his han­dling of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. The speech will come hours be­fore Trump is set to ac­cept renom­i­na­tion for a sec­ond term.

Har­ris will de­tail a “pro­found fail­ure of lead­er­ship” from Trump and high­light pro­pos­als by Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Joe Bi­den to con­trol the virus and con­front the eco­nomic fall­out, Bi­den’s cam­paign told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

With Trump plan­ning an evening ad­dress from the White House lawn, Har­ris’ af­ter­noon re­marks from Wash­ing­ton will be the Democrats’ main counter to the pres­i­dent on the fi­nal day of the Repub­li­cans’ con­ven­tion.

“Part of what I will be talk­ing about is that they’re deal­ing in lies, but also they are not grounded in re­al­ity,” Har­ris said dur­ing a Wed­nes­day fundraiser, adding that many Amer­i­cans are griev­ing the loss of loved ones and nor­malcy amid the pan­demic. “They want bet­ter than this, and we are bet­ter than this,” she said.

Bi­den has made sim­i­lar ar­gu­ments about Trump for months, and Har­ris picked up on that crit­i­cism in both her in­tro­duc­tory speech as Bi­den’s pick and when she ac­cepted the party’s nom­i­na­tion last week dur­ing the Demo­cratic Con­ven­tion.

But the Cal­i­for­nia sen­a­tor’s words on Thurs­day are billed as her most fo­cused de­nun­ci­a­tion of Trump since join­ing the ticket. Her tack will test an ar­gu­ment that the for­mer pros­e­cu­tor tried last sum­mer, as a White House can­di­date, to show that she is ready to “pros­e­cute the case” against Trump and his “rap sheet.”

Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris

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