Kamala Harris: An Indian civil servant’s granddaughter is Joe Biden’s running mate

In picking senator Kamala Devi Harris to be his vice-presidential candidate, democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden may have hit many of the sitting US president’s raw nerves.

Harris is a woman, a person of color, and Indian-origin—all parts of history that speak directly to Donald Trump’s stance on women, racial discrimination, and immigration. After Biden’s announcement, Trump told the press today (Aug.12) at the White House that Harris was the “meanest, most disrespectful” member of the US senate.

But besides being a thorn in the US president’s side, Harris’s story is emblematic of the hardworking American mixed-race family, which has the potential to connect with voters across lines of race and religion.

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