A day after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Donald Trump attempted to tear her down – she is “mean,” he told a press conference. “She was extremely mean, she was mean at a level that was just a horrible thing,” he said, “very, very mean.”
The “nasty” attacks were, as Stephen Colbert pointed out on Wednesday’s Late Show, deeply unoriginal. “How lazy are you ?!” You’re just repeating what you said about Hillary. You are stuck in 2016! And that’s not fair – why should you be the only one living in a time when you’re not president?
The Trump campaign has tried to label her a “fake Kamala” but is still reportedly “creating effective nicknames” to portray her as “ruthless” and “greedy for power.”
“What a wonderful use of the Commander-in-Chief’s time,” said Colbert unmoved, picturing Trump as a Mean Girls character leaning over his “burning book” instead of dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
In a phone call with Fox News, Trump continued to instill fear in Harris by calling her “the most dangerous choice” because “she is supposedly the most liberal person in the Senate.”
” What is he talking about? Colbert was surprised. “Harris is an establishment Democrat and a former prosecutor. It is so clear that Trump had a different set of adversaries in mind and is now struggling to change his strategy.
Colbert also mocked the Trump campaign’s “clearly misogynistic” attack on Harris as “power hungry” and “overly ambitious.”
“Of course, she is ambitious! She is running as vice-president! Who does this without ambition? Colbert said, stressing that no one ‘falls’ by becoming the ‘second most powerful person in the world’.
On the Daily Show, Trevor Noah also rejected Trump’s attempts to discredit Kamala Harris, starting with the president’s apparent confusion that Biden would pick a running mate who memorable challenged him in primary debates. “Of all the people, Donald Trump should totally understand how you can be with a woman who has publicly humiliated you,” Noah said in a photo of Trump’s wife Melania.
“He also shouldn’t be surprised that enemies of the past can become your friends,” Noah added, and listed a number of Republican MPs who worked with Trump despite their harsh criticism: Ted Cruz, who has him. described as “pathological and narcissistic liar. “; Lindsey Graham, who once called Trump a “bigot and nutcase”; and Marco Rubio, who called him “a crook”.
Jokes aside, Noah called Biden’s decision to pick Harris – the first black woman or South Asian candidate on a major party ticket, a moderate Democrat who once served as attorney general in California – a “gesture of genius,” because “not only is she ticking a bunch of boxes, but clearly the Conservatives are going to have a hard time putting her in one”.
Noah aired a series of Fox News clips in which conservative pundits struggled to belittle her – she’s too telegenic, but also too ambitious, they said. The choice was surprising, then it was boring. She’s jailed too many people as California’s attorney general, but she’s too sweet on crime.
“Poor Republicans, they’re so confused,” Noah scoffed. “Honestly, it’s pretty cute watching Republicans struggle to find the right talking points. It’s like when a litter of puppies is born but they haven’t opened their eyes yet.
And on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon recapped Biden’s first appearance with his new running mate in an empty high school gym in Wilmington, Delaware. “That’s right, Biden and Harris shared a scene for the first time since the debates,” Fallon said. “You can tell Biden hasn’t forgotten, because when Harris came in for a handshake he flinched.
Trump, meanwhile, called Harris a “bad guy” without originality, which shouldn’t be surprising, Fallon said – “unfortunately for Harris, if you want good wishes from Trump, you have to be in jail.”
In other news, Trump called on Fox News to continue to sow undue fear over postal voting, saying “people are just going to grab lots of [mail-in ballots], you talk about China and Russia, they will catch a lot ”.
“Usually when an old man starts accusing people of stealing mail, it’s time to put Grandpa to bed for his nap,” Fallon joked.