On Wednesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris shared her fears about the possibility of Donald Trump returning to the White House in the November election and encouraged Democrats to resist his comeback. These comments followed Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses, marking the first step in the Republican nomination race for the upcoming election against President Joe Biden.
Harris, appearing on The View, an all-female-hosted talk show on the ABC network, expressed her concerns, stating, “I am scared as heck, which is why I’m traveling our country… we should all be scared.” However, she emphasized the need to confront fear rather than run away from it, urging Democrats to fight against the potential return of Trump.
These remarks were prompted by reports indicating former President Barack Obama’s concerns about the Biden campaign and comments from ex-first lady Michelle Obama expressing her “terrified” feelings about the prospect of a second Trump term.
President Biden has recently intensified his direct criticisms of Trump, warning that the twice-impeached former president, facing 91 criminal indictments, poses a threat to US democracy. The Biden reelection campaign has given Harris an increasingly prominent role, aiming to mobilize Black, female, and young voters for the crucial upcoming election.
Despite being the first female, first Black, and first South Asian vice president, Harris faces challenges with low approval ratings and continuous attacks from Republicans questioning her qualifications to assume the presidency if necessary.
In the coming week, Harris will embark on a nationwide tour to advocate for reproductive freedoms, with Democrats making abortion rights a central issue in the 2024 race. The tour begins in Wisconsin on the 51st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, a Supreme Court ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion.
Trump has claimed credit for the court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling last year, having appointed conservative judges during his first term. Surprisingly, Harris received praise for her abortion messaging from Trump’s former press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, who acknowledged its impact on young women.