WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday compared Sen. Kamala Harris to his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton — brutally describing her as a shallow opportunist who stands for nothing during an interview with The Post in the Oval Office.
The president also tore apart Harris’ polarizing criminal justice record, accusing Joe Biden’s new running mate of being “extremely bad to the black community.”
“She’s a bad version of Hillary. She’s a person that will say whatever is necessary and in the end in gets her in trouble,” Trump said.
“I think she changes her policy, she changes her tune, for every race, depending on who she needs. She’s a user and she’s not a talented politician,” he continued.
Clinton was dogged by claims she was inauthentic and struggled to portray herself as genuine to voters during her failed 2016 White House bid.
The president’s reelection campaign has been quick to tar the California senator as a dangerous radical after Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday announced Harris as his running mate, citing her progressive record in Congress where she co-sponsored Sen. Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All bill.
But Trump said voters needed to look at her divisive tough-on-crime past as a California prosecutor where she failed to overturn unfair convictions, charged parents of habitually truant children and oversaw more than 1,900 marijuana convictions.
“Her record was terrible,’” Trump said. “It’s very interesting, she’s said to be the most liberal person in Congress, she’s rated the single-most liberal, and yet the progressives hate her.”
Harris sold herself as a “progressive prosecutor” while in Congress and makes history as the first black woman elected by a major party for national office.
But former Bernie Sanders campaign staffers, including his national spokeswoman Briahna Joy Gray, this week publicly accused Harris of “opportunistic flip-flopping” and condemned her addition to the Democratic ticket.
Trump himself recalled a now-infamous debate stage exchange last July where Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ripped Harris’ criminal justice record as the California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney.
“Tulsi Gabbard, she talked about how she doesn’t stand for anything,” he said.
“She’s been extremely bad to the black community, extremely bad to the black community,” he continued.
The president also repeated claims that “nobody was meaner or nastier to Joe Biden” than Harris, referring to the moment Harris attacked Biden for working with segregationists to oppose busing in the 1970s.
“For him to have picked her is insanity,” he said.
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