February 28, 2024

By Kevin Liptak | CNN

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday pinned blame squarely on Donald Trump for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, saying the previous president is “proud that ladies are silently struggling” with out a assured proper to abortion.

“The earlier president expressed his intentions fairly clearly. And quick ahead to only lately, says he’s happy with what he did,” Harris instructed CNN’s Laura Coates throughout an unique interview in Wisconsin, the place the vice chairman was launching a nationwide tour in assist of reproductive rights.

She stated the seemingly Republican nominee relishes his position in new, restrictive abortion legal guidelines which have emerged within the aftermath of the excessive court docket ruling.

“By inference, he’s proud that ladies have been disadvantaged of basic freedoms to make choices about their very own physique; by inference, proud that medical doctors are being penalized and criminalized for offering well being care, proud that ladies are silently struggling as a result of they don’t have entry to the well being care they want,” Harris added. “So, let’s perceive that the stakes are so very excessive.”

It was a preview of a central reelection argument in a rematch between Trump and President Joe Biden, a contest that can be shadowed by the previous president’s a number of courtroom trials, together with one associated to Trump’s position in occasions that led to the January 6, 2021, riot on the Capitol.

The vice chairman rejected outright Trump’s assertions that his authorized points quantity to political persecution undertaken by the Biden administration: “What he’s saying isn’t factual, interval,” she stated. “And that may not be new for him, would it not?”

And Harris stated it was crucial People stay watchful for indicators of democratic erosion within the lead-up to this 12 months’s contest.

“I feel everybody is true to be vigilant in demanding that we keep our democracy. And we uphold its pillars, which incorporates the integrity of a free and honest election system,” Harris stated within the CNN interview, itemizing intimidation of ballot employees for instance of what to be careful for within the coming months because the election will get underway.

“It is vital that all of us do not forget that an indicator of a democracy is civic participation. Which suggests let’s all vote – I’m not telling you who to vote for, however please, within the midst of all that you simply’ve obtained happening, take the time to fill out a poll for those who can vote by mail and ship it in,” she stated.

Harris spoke a day forward of the New Hampshire major, the place Trump maintains a large lead towards his remaining GOP rival, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

As a part of her marketing campaign pitch, Haley has made Harris a frequent goal, claiming that due to his age, a vote for Biden would quantity to a vote for Harris – and suggesting the vice chairman wasn’t up for the job. Harris stated that sort of criticism wasn’t distinctive for highly effective girls.

“I feel that the majority girls who’ve risen of their career, who’re leaders of their career, have had comparable experiences,” she instructed Coates. “I used to be the primary girl to be elected district legal professional. I used to be the primary girl to be elected legal professional basic within the state of California, and I’m the primary girl to be vice chairman. And I really like my job.”

As she and Biden gear up for what might be the upcoming begin of the overall election, Harris labored to underscore the stakes of the upcoming contest – stakes many Democrats fear haven’t registered but with sufficient voters.

She stated those that dedicated acts of violence on January 6, 2021, “should be taken under consideration and held accountable for these acts.”

And Harris accused Republicans of “taking part in politics” with immigration, as she and Biden come below criticism for not doing extra to stem the movement of migrants coming throughout the southern border.

Nonetheless, for Democrats, no situation higher illustrates the selection in November than abortion, which the get together has seized upon within the wake of the court docket’s 2022 determination to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Trump’s position in gutting abortion rights – his three conservative Supreme Court docket picks all voted to overturn Roe v. Wade – is rising as a core theme for Harris and Biden as they search reelection. Reproductive rights have galvanized Democrats and confirmed a winner on the poll field within the 19 months for the reason that excessive court docket overturned the ruling.

Harris plans to journey to a number of different states to talk about the difficulty on her nationwide “Struggle for Reproductive Freedoms Tour,” which is predicted to final by way of March. And she is going to seem at a joint rally with Biden on Tuesday – the identical day because the New Hampshire major – to attract extra consideration to abortion rights.

“I’m going to do precisely what I’m doing right here in Wisconsin, which is touring within the nation to remind individuals of not solely what’s at stake and the hurt that’s occurring daily, so many ladies silently struggling, but additionally remind them of the connection between their vote and an final result that places again in place the protections of Roe. So these months are going to matter,” Harris stated Monday.

On Sunday, the Biden marketing campaign unveiled a brand new tv advert that options an emotional direct-to-camera testimonial from Dr. Austin Dennard, a Texas OB-GYN and mom who traveled out of her state, which has a strict abortion ban, to terminate her being pregnant after studying her fetus had a deadly situation. The marketing campaign stated the spot would run throughout this week’s season premiere of ABC’s “The Bachelor” because it targets younger feminine voters.