President Trump told voters during a North Carolina rally that Kalama Harris could never come the first female president because American voters would not allow it.
"People don't like her. Nobody likes her. She could never be the first woman president. She could never be. That would be an insult to our country," Trump said.
Harris was recently named as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's running mate. The president previously has described her as "nasty, a sort of madwoman, a disaster, the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate."
The California senator responded to Trump's earlier barbs during an August 21 interview, saying that they were "designed to distract." She also went after his management of the coronavirus pandemic during a joint "socially distanced conversation" with Biden on September 1.
"When you have a president of the United States who is just dismissing it like it's some, you know, thing he can just flick away or magically wave a wand, instead of stepping up to say, ‘My people are in crisis, and I need to step up to take care of them,'" Harris said. "He doesn't have it in him."