Sen. Kamala Harris fired back at President Trump on Tuesday after he appeared to mock her exit from the Democratic race. The president retweeted remarks from his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who said: "Another one bites the dust. Guess it’s not as easy as everyone thought." Trump added, sarcastically: "Too bad. We will miss you Kamala!" Harris tweeted back at Trump saying, "Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’ll see you at your trial," USA Today reports. Harris and other senators will serve as jurors if the impeachment process reaches the Senate. More:
- What went wrong. Harris told supporters Tuesday that her campaign simply lacked the financial resources to continue. The New York Times looks at how her campaign stumbled after a strong start. In what proved to be a miscalculation, she focused on states including South Carolina and California instead of early-voting Iowa and New Hampshire. She also "struggled with how to frame her record as a prosecutor, oscillating between defending it against progressive criticism and embracing it in a play for more moderate votes."
- Cruel timing. Politico reports that there was "cruelty in the timing" of Harris' departure: She hadn't aired TV ads in Iowa since September due to a lack of funds, but two longstanding allies backed by a pro-Harris super PAC spent hundreds of thousands of dollars Monday buying ads in Iowa. They canceled the buy after Harris' announcement.
- Trump campaign congratulates Gabbard. Trump's 2020 campaign "War Room" congratulated Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard in a tweet after Harris' exit was announced, the Hill reports. Harris and Gabbard clashed multiple times during Democratic debates. In one, Gabbard said she had concerns about Harris' record as a prosecutor and accused her keeping people in prison "beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California."
- Other candidates weigh in. Harris, whose endorsement will be much sought after, was praised by her former rivals after she announced her exit. "Thank you Kamala Harris for your commitment to fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald Trump accountable," tweeted Elizabeth Warren.
- Veepstakes? Harris is now being seen as a strong contender for a vice presidential nomination, possibly from Joe Biden, though he walked away when he was asked about it Tuesday, "I don’t think there’s any question about that," Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, a Biden ally, tells Politico. "In fact, it probably preserved that more than continuing to plow forward under the circumstances."
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