WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Senator Kamala Harris on Monday urged Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump’s account after he tweeted about ‘civil war.’
- Speaking with host Anderson Cooper on CNN’s AC360, Harris called Trump “delusional in that he has a very outsized sense of himself as compared to the history of our country.”
- The Democratic presidential candidate added that Trump “is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people.”
Senator Kamala Harris appeared on CNN’s AC360 on Monday where she urged Twitter to suspend President Donald Trump’s account after he tweeted about ‘civil war.’
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry announcement last week, Trump quoted a Fox News guest in his tweet, writing that his ouster from office would lead to a “Civil War like fracture in this Nation.”
Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, the Democratic Presidential candidate said that Trump’s tweet left her “speechless.” Harris then blasted the president for comparing his removal from office with a war that occurred between American people over slavery.
“It is yet again evidence of the fact that he is delusional in that he has a very outsized sense of himself as compared to the history of our country,” the senator added.
Later on, Harris explained why she believed the president’s Twitter account should be suspended.
“There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that he is irresponsible with his words in a way that could result in harm to other people,” Harris said. “And so the privilege of using those words in that way should probably be taken from him.”
In August, Harris had already called on the suspension of the president’s account. She accused Trump of “tweeting out the ammunition” following this summer’s mass shootings. She continued to raise safety concerns around the president’s words during Monday’s CNN interview.
“If he’s not going to exercise self-restraint, then, perhaps, there should be other mechanisms in place to make sure that his words do not, in fact, harm anyone,” warned the senator.
Apparently, Democrats weren’t the only ones outraged by Trump’s civil war insinuation. Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois called Trump’s tweet “beyond repugnant.”
Harris also said that she shouldn’t be spending too much time discussing Trump’s tweets when “What’s most important is we not indulge his delusions and that we bring him back to reality. I think the impeachment process will do that,” the White House hopeful said.