First-term California Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced that she will be running for President of the United States. The Democrat Senator and only black female in the American Senate threw her hat in the ring over the weekend, joining the long list of people looking to unseat President Donald Trump from the highest office in the land.
The hostility between Senator Harris and President Trump is arguably one of the most talked about rivalries in American politics.
And why shouldn’t it? Senator Harris checks all boxes that the president has been presumed and stereotyped to hate:
She’s a woman. He’s a widely alleged sexual predator and misogynist, with quite a number of sexual allegation cases going up against him as well.
She’s black. His refusal to criticize the mass pro-Nazi protesters in 2018’s Charlottesville attack has earned him the “racist” tag.
She’s a Democrat. He’s a Republican.
She’s the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. He’s a born American who has shown his disdain for immigrants, throughout his tenure.
Need I say more?
Senator Harris’ disdain for the president is nothing new. She’s not the first woman- or black American- or immigrant- or Democrat- to criticize the Commander-in-Chief. However, there is always a sense of palpable tension whenever the two are in a room- or even when an issue concerning the president is mentioned before Mrs. Harris.
Senator Harris is one of the major critics of the president; actually, her track record of disagreeing with the president rivals those set forth by current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
At the end the day, it is anyone’s call. It could be simple politics. Democrats and Republicans are known for being at each other’s throats more than they agree on common issues.
It could be a thing of personality. President Trump’s policies and actions since taking over the White House haven’t been particularly favorable to African Americans, and she could just be doing her part to “check” the president and weigh him down.
However, regardless of what it is, one thing that Senator Harris should expect on her campaign trail is a lot of stiff competition.
Trump’s approval ratings are currently low, and this means that while the Republican Party are split on whether or not to accept him as their presidential candidate in 2020, every Democrat who thinks that he or she has a chance will be chomping at the bid to run against him.
This is already shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, with both newcomers and some of the biggest names announcing presidential bids. While Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass) doesn’t need any introduction, the “relatively unknown” status of people like Julian Castro (D-TX) , Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) and others will mean that these people have much more to prove.
It is also widely expected that Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VER) will make announcements of their presidential bids in the next few weeks.