California Senato Kamala Harris announced on Monday that she's hoping to challenge President Trump in 2020. She's running for the Democrat nomination, reported ABC.
People have expected Harris to announce her candidacy. She's been a rising star in the Democratic Party. She was elected as California's junior senator in 2016 after two terms as the state's attorney general.
"I love my country. I love my country," she said in an interview on Good Morning America on Monday morning. "This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are."
If Harris were to get the nomination and defeat President Trump, she would be the first woman and the first woman of color to hold the office of the presidency.
The 54-year-old joins at least four other serious contenders to President Trump.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and Senator Elizabeth Warren have all announced candidacy.
Harris made her announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She called the civil rights leader an inspiration for her in her political career.
"The thing about Dr. King that always inspires me is that he was aspirational. He was aspirational like our country is aspirational. We know that we've not yet reached those ideals. But our strength is that we fight to reach those ideals," the senator said. "So today, the day we celebrate Dr. King, is a very special day for all of us as Americans and I'm honored to be able to make my announcement on the day we commemorate him."
On Monday, Harris also said that she believes she is what the American people want. She said they are looking for a POTUS with "leadership skills, experience, and integrity," who will "fight on their behalf."
However, fellow Democrats aren't as convinced. For one, she's received criticism about her time as California's attorney general.
"Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent," wrote Lara Bazelon, a University of San Francisco law professor, in a New York Times op-ed last week. "Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors."
Bazelon goes on to write that if Harris "wants people who care about dismantling mass incarceration and correcting miscarriages of justice to vote for her, she needs to radically break with her past," and encourages her to "apologize to the wrongfully convicted people she has fought to keep in prison and to do what she can to make sure they get justice."
People on Twitter are also unconvinced by Harris. Many questioned what she will do for the Black community in America.
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