Kamala Harris expressed her outrage at President Trump for calling the federal government a “backup” for states in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL, MSNBC HOST: Your reaction to Donald Trump’s theme of the day, which is we’re just a backup as he told Senator Schumer in that letter. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): Everything about that letter is just yet again, another expression of ignorance coming from the president of the United States. Let me tell you something. There is not a member certainly of the Democratic caucus of the United States of America’s senate that wouldn’t tell you that Chuck Schumer worked around the clock on a bill that eventually will deliver $2 trillion to the American people, to address this public health crisis to help hospitals, to help local and state governments and to help working people get on their feet or at least sustain their ability to get through the end of the month. It’s just — Lawrence, listen. There’s so much about this crisis that is just every day present, it is every day the clock is ticking, the numbers are ticking up and I’m frankly, I’m fatigued. I’m tired of thinking about Donald Trump. I’m going to tell you the truth. Because in reality, this guy doesn’t understand his job. He doesn’t understand that the role of the commander in chief, the president of the United States in the midst of a national international crisis should be one of being a leader who speaks truth, who embraces truth, who embraces fact, science, who speaks with a sense about the seriousness of the moment and the need to lift up the American people and their spirits. The need to see who they are, how they are suffering and speak to that in a way that is about supporting them and having some level of empathy. But what we have is a president of the United States who is continuously focused on himself and so, I’m done with that. Let’s talk about where we are now.