'Not perfect' Kamala Harris slams Border Wall as useless 'medieval vanity project'

During her first official 2020 campaign speech, the Democratic Senator mentioned her work to fight transnational criminal groups to assure voters than a wall will not stop them.

Instead, she called Trump’s proposed border wall a mere “medieval vanity project,” following the Democratic Party stance on this issue that has resulted in the 35-day-long government shutdown that has just temporarily ceased.

The 54-year-old attorney’s criticism to President Trump’s policies about border security and immigration was met with a cheer by the large crowd that gathered on Frank Ogawa Plaza to support Harris and get to know her platform.

"For the people meant fighting transnational gangs that traffic in drugs, and guns and human beings," Harris said in reference to her campaign slogan “For the people,” as she addressed a highly divisive issue.

“I saw their sophistication, their persistence and their ruthlessness. And folks, on the subject of transnational gangs, let's be perfectly clear: The president's medieval vanity project is not going to stop them.”

-Sen. Kamala Harris, CBS, January 27, 2019.

The rally marked a propitious start on the campaign trail for the presidential hopeful, as she attracted a greater number of people than former President Barack Obama did in his 2007 campaign launch.

Harris, who is often considered a female version of Obama, was accompanied by 20.000 people on her official campaign kick-off, while the former Head of State counted with 15.000 supporters in attendance for his.

Harris is one of the several members of the Democratic party that have already announced their intention of running for president in 2020, following Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, and Pete Buttigieg.

"If I have the honor of being your president, I will tell you this: I am not perfect. Lord knows I am not perfect. But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect,” Harris promised.

Like with Obama, the eventual election of Harris as President of the US in 2020 will be historical, as she would be the first African-American woman and first person of Asian descent to lead the country.

The issues of ethnicity and American unity are deeply installed in Harris’ rhetoric, and this is why she chose to announce her decision to compete for the Democratic nomination on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.

Harris also supports Medicare for all, a reform of the criminal justice system, and defends dealing with the current opioid crisis more like a public health emergency instead of insisting on “another war on drugs.”

Harris is one of the several members of the Democratic party that have already announced their intention of running for president in 2020, following Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Julian Castro, and Pete Buttigieg.

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