Harris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s—'

White House hopeful SeN. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE’s (D-Calif.) campaign shared footage Friday of the candidate addressing campaign staff from the night President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE was elected in 2016.

“We’re gonna have to figure out a way to go out there and give people something to believe in,” Harris tells a room full of campaign workers.

She goes on to tell the staffers that her godson, Alexander, went up to her on November 9, 2016, and told her, through tears “I don’t want Trump to win. Did he win?”


“And he’s crying. And so the tears of joy we shed when we elected Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE, and then my little godson’s tears tonight, because we might have elected Donald Trump? This is some shit,” Harris said, saying that she reminded the boy of his favorite superheroes on election night.

“And so once again our team, I think, will have to do what we always do, which is be prepared to fight. And to roll up our sleeves and fight,” she continued.

At the time, Harris told the staff that “I think our campaign is actually not over.” She had just been elected to be a senator of California, serving alongside Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe MORE (D).  

“It’s a different kind of campaign. It’s not to win an office, but it’s gonna be a campaign to fight for everything that motivated us to run for this office in the first place. Because I think there is no question that everything that we have been talking about in terms of everything from criminal justice reform to climate change to immigration – this shit is now really on the line,” Harris said.

“Whenever you’ve dealt with people who are bullies, or are violent or predatory, it’s interesting how when people are under attack, the people who are being attacked usually do one of two things: they either fight back, or retreat. I’m so afraid that if this guy actually won, we’re gonna have whole communities of folks who are just gonna retreat. They’re gonna be so damn scared about what this all means for them,” she continued.  

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Harris’s presidential campaign has struggled in recent weeks. A recent New York Times-Siena College poll of Iowa voters put Harris at only 3 percent, tied for sixth place among the slate of 2020 Democratic candidates. She also announced that her campaign would be laying off dozens of staffers at her Baltimore headquarters and redeploying others to Iowa.

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