WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Kamala Harris launched her 2020 White House campaign on January 27 with a rally in her hometown of Oakland, California, less than a mile from the courthouse where the Democrat began her career as a prosecutor.
"We are all here because of those who came before us", Harris said in her brief remarks Friday, surrounded by a sold-out crowd of 3,000, and their phones, at the Gamma Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Pink Ice Gala in Columbia. She verbalized this during her campaign launch last night in her birthplace of Oakland California.
The crowd of more than 20,000 people in and around Frank H. Ogawa Plaza was a show of force from a presidential campaign that only formally began six days earlier, even if the rally took place in the heart of Harris' political base and the carefully choreographed rollout had always been in the works.
As Senator Kamala Harris launched her campaign for the presidency on Sunday, she issued what seemed to be a rebuke of President Donald Trump and his connections to Russian Federation. She says that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and transphobia are real in the USA and must be recognized and dealt with. Her campaign slogan - "for the people" - formed the narrative arc she hopes will envelop her presidential run.
Harris' campaign message is focusing exclusively on running "for the people".
"For me it's between her and Elizabeth Warren, but she absolutely helped her case today", Williams said.
Harris, who has faced very little scrutiny in previous races, has largely avoided interviews and is considered by many to be the least vetted Democrat running for the nomination.
Harris, a California Democrat, is the fourth woman to launch a presidential bid.
The former San Francisco district attorney told the crowd out front of Oakland City Hall that Americans need to speak truthfully with one another about the realities of their country, and acknowledge that racism persists, transphobia is real and that the Trump administration is harming the country at home and overseas.
Pointing to a small group of rally protestors, Provost added that he also wants to check out Harris' prosecutorial record, which has been criticized by no insignificant amount of people on the left. ". I am running to declare, once and for all, that health care is a fundamental right, and to deliver that right with 'Medicare for All.' To declare education is a fundamental right, and we will guarantee that right with universal pre-K and debt-free college".
As you may already know, the U.S. elections are around the corner and a familiar face has officially thrown her hat into the ring. But the California senator also told her supporters to "speak the truth" about the troubles that face Americans.
Quoting the former presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Harris said challenging an incumbent is not easy.
"Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia are real in this country", Harris said. They'll say, the odds are long.
Without naming the President, Ms Harris directly targeted the divisive policies of his unconventional administration.
"I say to you my friends, these are not ordinary times, and this will not be an ordinary election". "It's about 'We the People'". She said she got into law to "protect people", and that fighting "for the people meant fighting for a more fair criminal justice system". "Let's speak that truth".
Her actions as attorney general from 2011 to 2017 on those issues angered some liberals, and critics revived the #KamalaisaCop hashtag on Twitter to knock her after she announced her campaign last week.
"They are age-old forms of hate with new fear". "Let's also speak the truth that too many unarmed black men and women are killed in America".
In one of her sharpest attacks on Trump's perceived coziness with Russian Federation, she decried a time, "When we have foreign powers infecting the White House like malware".