Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has been shooting up in the polls since she faced off against candidates Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Cory Booker in the first round of debates.
After Biden had a poor debate performance at the end of June and made a comment about working with segregationist, Harris rose dramatically in a post-debate Quinnipiac University poll, according to NBC News. She especially saw gains among black voters.
With Biden at 22 percent and Harris at 20 percent, they’re considered to be at a virtual tie. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren and Sanders are tied at 14 and 13 percent, respectively, after Sanders failed to shine in the debate either. Buttigieg and Booker are tied at 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
That’s got many people wondering if Harris will be the Democratic’s nominee to take on President Trump in the general election, especially since the mainstream media seems to be turning on Biden. But how would the California prosecutor-turned-senator fair against Trump?
Not well, says Harris’ ex-boyfriend, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown. In fact, Brown, 85, says none of the Democrats have a chance to defeat Trump, according to an op-ed piece he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Back in February, Brown said he dated Harris briefly while estranged from his wife and helped her move up in her career, Vox reported.
Now Brown, who has a long history in Democratic politics, says, “The first Democratic debates proved one thing: We still don’t have a candidate who can beat Donald Trump.”
“California Sen. Kamala Harris got all the attention for playing prosecutor in chief, but her case against former Vice President Joe Biden boiled down in some ways to a ringing call for forced school busing,” he wrote.
“It won’t be too hard for Trump to knock that one out of the park in 2020.”
“Biden did himself zero favors by telling Harris that he opposed only busing that was ordered by the federal government,” he added. “It was a weird endorsement of states’ rights and local jurisdictions’ right to segregate schools. That’s the best argument he could marshal against busing little kids miles across town?”
Brown mocked Sanders’ performance, painted Buttigieg as an ineffective mayor, said Booker failed to impact viewers, and observed that it’s hard to tell how Warren performed in the other debate because she was competing against a “lineup of pygmies.”
“Trump must have enjoyed every moment and every answer, because he now knows he’s looking at a bunch of potential rivals who are still not ready for prime time,” Brown concluded.