Trump has been criticized for calling Sen. Kamala Harris—who is running alongside former Vice President Joe Biden—a "monster." Trump used the term during an interview with Fox Business, where he was discussing the debate between Sen. Harris and Vice President Mike Pence.
“This monster that was onstage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night, by the way. This monster, she says, ‘no no, there won’t be fracking,’ there won’t be this. Everything she said is a lie,” Trump said.
The comments came after Trump claimed that Biden “won’t be president for two months” if elected because he is not “mentally capable of being president."
“He is not mentally capable of being president. You know that, everybody knows that, everybody that knows him. He can’t be president," Trump said. He then went on to make the comments about Sen. Harris.
The comment was labeled as racist and misogynistic by many people on social media. In a tweet, the NAACP wrote: "It’s sad that comments like these from the sitting U.S. President are not only common but expected... yet they are still UNACCEPTABLE!"
Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania added: "Calling the first Black woman to ever take the Vice Presidential debate stage a 'monster' tells you all you need to know about President Trump's respect for women and people of color."
Calling the first Black woman to ever take the Vice Presidential debate stage a "monster" tells you all you need to know about President Trump's respect for women and people of color.— Bob Casey Jr. (@Bob_Casey) October 8, 2020
Another user added: "Trump refers to Sen. Kamala Harris as “this monster.” There’s no dog whistle, no disguising it, no wink or nod. The president almost exclusively uses this kind of disgusting language for Black women."