In the hours since Kamala Harris joined the Democratic presidential ticket, President Trump has responded by sorting women into two categories: the good “suburban housewife” he believes will vote for him, and nasty women who have not shown him or his political allies sufficient respect.
After Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday that Ms. Harris would be his running mate, Mr. Trump wasted no time sorting her into the “nasty” camp, a category also occupied by the last woman to run against him on a Democratic ticket.
“She was extraordinarily nasty to Brett Kavanaugh — Judge Kavanaugh then, now Justice Kavanaugh,” Mr. Trump said of Ms. Harris, using “nasty” or some version of the word no fewer than four times as he referred to Senate confirmation hearings held in 2018.
On Wednesday morning, after his allies on Fox News had spent the evening comparing Ms. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, to unethical “time-share salesmen” and “payday lenders,” Mr. Trump crowed that the American “suburban housewife” — a label used by the president to play into white racist fears about neighborhood integration efforts — would be on his side in November.
“They want safety” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter, adding that they “are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood,” referring to an Obama-era effort that encouraged diversification of American communities.