Vice President Kamala Harris ripped former President Donald Trump for his role in confirming Supreme Court justices who were pivotal in repealing abortion precedent Roe v. Wade during the first stop of her reproductive health tour.
“As we face this crisis, as we are clear-eyed about the harm, let us also understand who is responsible,” Harris told a crowd Monday at a union hall in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. “The former president hand-picked three Supreme Court Justices because he intended for them to overturn Roe. He intended for them to take your freedoms, and it is a decision he brags about.”
“Proud?” she said. “Proud that women across our nation are suffering? Proud that women have been robbed of a fundamental freedom? Proud that doctors could be thrown in prison for caring for their patients? That young women today have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers? How dare he.”
Harris sharpening her rhetoric against Trump coincides with his increased likelihood of becoming the 2024 Republican presidential nominee and previews her and President Joe Biden‘s campaign appearance in Virginia on Tuesday as the pair and their Democratic Party prepare to underscore the issue before November’s general election. Part of that strategy includes Harris’s national tour, which aides said would incorporate five stops.
“In the United States Congress, extremists are trying to pass a national abortion ban to outlaw abortion in every single state,” Harris added Monday. “But what they need to know is that if Congress passes a national abortion ban, President Biden will veto it.”
Harris’s address preceded remarks from Biden at the White House before the fourth meeting of his reproductive access taskforce, which announced new actions Monday aimed at expanding access to contraception, medication abortion, and emergency medical care.
“[The] message is we’re fighting hard to reinstate your rights and the rights to protect women and families and doctors who care for those women,” Biden said. “We need the American people to keep making their voices heard, so congressional Republicans finally get the message that these laws do not represent the United States of America.”
Harris was referring to comments Trump made during a televised town hall last week before Iowa’s caucuses.
“You wouldn’t be asking that question, even talking about the issue, because for 54 years, they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it,” Trump told Fox News. “But I will say this. You have to win elections. Otherwise, you’re going to be back where you were, and you can’t let that ever happen again.”