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Trump: Ivanka more fit to be first female president than Kamala Harris

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Ivanka Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Washington DC, on August 27, 2020 (L), Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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  • Speaking at a New Hampshire campaign rally on Friday night, President Trump said Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is “not competent” enough to become the first female president.
  • Trump instead suggested that his daughter, Ivanka, would be a much better fit for the role.
  • “They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka!'” he said. “I don’t blame them.”
  • Trump spent much of his speech attacking Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and made fun of Harris’s failed 2020 presidential campaign.
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In his first speech since the Republican National Convention, President Trump said Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is “not competent” enough to become the first female president, suggesting that his daughter, Ivanka, would be a much better fit. 

Speaking at a New Hampshire campaign rally on Friday night, the president poked fun at Harris’ failed 2020 presidential campaign. He said she was not the kind of woman who could make history as the first female president.

“I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see the first woman president get into the position the way [Harris] would do it, and she’s not competent, she’s not competent,” he said, according to The Daily Beast.

“They’re all saying, ‘We want Ivanka!'” he continued, pointing to cheering supporters near the stage. “I don’t blame them.”

Harris is the first Black woman and the first South Asian American woman to accept a major party’s vice-presidential nomination. She has been a US senator representing California since 2017.

If Joe Biden, aged 77, wins the presidential race in November, he will be the oldest ever incumbent of the White House. With the potential for him to serve only one term, Harris is in prime position to launch a run at the presidency in 2024.  

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President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on August 28, 2020.

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Trump’s attack on Harris came a day after he wrapped up the Republication National Convention in Washington DC. 

After widespread media comment on Trump’s rehearsed and scripted acceptance speech on Thursday, Trump told rallygoers in New Hampshire that it was a  “different kind of speech,” he said, according to CNN.

“Tonight, I’m in New Hampshire and we can wing it. If I did last night’s speech here, right now you would have all been walking out. And if I did tonight’s speech there, I would have been criticized by being slightly radical,” he added.

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