Trump applauds Kamala Harris' 2020 campaign launch, calls it the 'best opening so far'

  • President Donald Trump applauded Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch, describing it as "the best opening so far" in the 2020 primary race.
  • Harris declared her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and followed it with a campaign rally in her hometown of Oakland, California, where roughly 20,000 people attended.
  • Trump claimed that some Democratic candidates had "really drifted far left," and took another jab at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who launched an exploratory committee in late December.

President Donald Trump applauded Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign launch, describing it as "the best opening so far" in the 2020 primary race.

Trump made the remarks during an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday night, saying Harris has "a better crowd, better enthusiasm."

The president, who spent the latter part of his career in show businesses before landing at the White House, homed in particularly on Harris' ability to draw a crowd, The Times indicated.

The president has frequently pointed to the size of his own campaign rallies as a measure of his likability and success.

Trump claimed that some Democratic candidates had "really drifted far left," and took another jab at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who launched an exploratory committee in late December.

"I do think Elizabeth Warren's been hurt very badly with the Pocahontas trap," Trump reportedly said, referring to a racist slur he frequently uses to insult her claim of having Native American heritage. "I think she's been hurt badly. I may be wrong, but I think that was a big part of her credibility and now all of a sudden it's gone."

Harris declared her candidacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and followed it with a campaign rally in her hometown of Oakland, California, where roughly 20,000 people attended.

Related: Candidates who have announced 2020 presidential bids:

18 PHOTOS
Candidates who have announced 2020 presidential bids
See Gallery
Candidates who have announced 2020 presidential bids

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts)

(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) 

Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio and a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development

(REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

John Delaney, former Maryland congressman

(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York)

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Richard Ojeda, former West Virginia senator and military veteran

(MICHAEL MATHES/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii)

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America

(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Pete Buttigeig, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks CEO

(Photo by Elaine Thompson/AP)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)

(Photo by: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R)

(Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

(Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

LONDONDERRY, NH - APRIL 19: Democratic Presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg attends a campaign stop at Stonyfield Farms on April 19, 2019 in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Recent polls are showing Buttigieg is gaining ground with Democrats in the presidential nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
SOMERSWORTH, NH - APRIL 19: Democratic Presidential Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign stop at a cafe on April 19, 2019 in Somersworth, New Hampshire. The 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful met supporters and answered various questions. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 15: Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., arrives for the House Democrats' caucus meeting in the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Harris also appeared at a CNN town hall event this week, where she became "the most-watched cable news single-candidate election town hall" among the age 25-to-54 news demographic, according to CNN's internal metrics.

Despite an otherwise energetic launch, Harris' campaign encountered some headwinds over her record as a California prosecutor. She previously served as San Francisco's district attorney and has faced criticism over her tough stance on crime, including defending the death penalty in California.

Neither White House officials nor Harris' campaign immediately responded to INSIDER's request for comment on Thursday night.

See Also:

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.