Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is surging in the polls following a breakout Democratic debate performance that President Trump panned as overrated.
Harris was widely seen as the winner of Thursday's Democratic debate, especially following her criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden, who she went after for his past opposition to busing. Democratic voters clearly agree that Harris had a great night, as she jumped from 6 percent support to 12 percent in the latest Morning Consult survey released on Saturday. Now, Harris is tied for third place with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass). Biden dropped five points but still easily maintained his lead with 33 percent support.
President Trump on Saturday complained about Harris' positive post-debate media coverage by arguing she has been "given too much credit for what she did" and saying that her debate performance "wasn't that outstanding," per USA Today. Trump had previously rarely weighed in on Harris, mainly focusing his attacks on Biden and Sanders.
But the post-debate pushback didn't just come from Trump, with the California senator also drawing fire from Biden supporters. In a new Politico piece, backers of the former vice president bashed Harris for what one person described as playing "low ball," with another supporter suggesting it would come back to haunt her. Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, a Biden backer and the first female African-American senator, also argued that Harris' "ambition got it wrong about Joe."
The Harris campaign has in recent days additionally been fending off attacks on her race, including one shared in a tweet that was subsequently deleted by Donald Trump Jr., which the Harris campaign's communications director compared to the "racist" birther attacks on former President Barack Obama. "It didn't work then and it won't work now," she said, per CNN. Biden has come to Harris' defense, writing on Twitter that "racism has no place in America." Brendan Morrow