(The Hill) President Trump knocked the idea of the U.S. having a “female socialist president” during a rally in Florida on Friday night in an apparent swipe at Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
“We’re not going to be a socialist nation. We’re not going to have a socialist president, especially a female socialist president,” Trump said. “We’re not going to have it. We’re not going to put up with it.”
President Trump slams Sen. Kamala Harris: "We're not going to have a socialist President, especially a female socialist President." pic.twitter.com/KQiYbYmJ9t— The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2020
Trump’s comments at the Pensacola rally come as the GOP pushes an anti-socialism message in Florida, hoping it will be well received by Hispanic immigrants in the state who fled socialist dictatorships.
The president has repeatedly gone after Harris in an attempt to link Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to the left flank of his party, noting stances the California senator took during her own White House run.
The latest broadside will likely rev up the president’s base, which has railed against socialism and is looking to boost support among Hispanics in Florida who tend to lean more conservative than Latino voters across the nation.
But it also risks turning off some female voters at a time when his campaign and down-ballot GOP candidates are seeking support among women, particularly in the suburbs…
“Suburban women, they should like me more than anybody here tonight because I ended the regulation that destroyed your neighborhood. I ended the regulation that brought crime to the suburbs, and you’re going to live the American dream,” he said at a Pennsylvania rally earlier this month.