The Harris family have reacted with anger to President Donald Trump’s comments about their young daughter, Kamala.
Speaking to a gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday, Trump referred to her as “Kamala” and said he had a “deep feeling” about her.
“I think it’s time for us to step back from the podium, and listen to our daughters,” Harris told reporters.
“We need to have a civil discussion about our children, and it’s not about politics.”
Kamala, a fourth-grade student, has been a target of anti-Black racism in California since the beginning of her junior year of high school, when she was targeted for her skin colour and called a “n****r” on Twitter.
Her father, a black American man, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday that his daughter had been the target of racist harassment at school for several years.
“She’s one of the nicest kids that I’ve ever met,” Harris said of her father, adding: “She was really bullied at school, so she’s just very self-deprecating and not a real big person.”‘
He called me a n****r’: Harris says she was called ‘n****rs’ after Trump comments ‘I was really shocked, I was really angry, and I was not in any way trying to defend myself’ Kamala has since tweeted a photo of her parents together, holding hands, and said: “It hurts to have this kind of hate coming at you.
It hurts to see that, so I’m going to try to be a better person.”
Kamalas parents, Dr Abdulrahman and Suha, were among those in the room with the President.
The President said that his comments were a “big joke” and that he had no intention of harming her.
The Harris sisters have remained steadfast in their support of their daughter.
“If he’s offended, he can go to hell,” Harris wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.
“But he has no right to bully our daughter.
He called me, he said, ‘Kamalas name is not her name, it’s her hair.’
And that’s the last thing he ever said to us.”
Harris added: “We have never been in a situation where we were told by our president that we were a f***ing n****re, that we are a f****** n****rl.
We have to stay up front, we have the courage to be true to ourselves, and he didn’t get that.” “
He called us a n***r, and that is what we have to stand up for.
We have to stay up front, we have the courage to be true to ourselves, and he didn’t get that.”
The Harris brothers, who attended a rally in support of Kamala on Tuesday, have remained tight-lipped about their reactions to Trump’s remark.
“As an African American father and a grandfather, I feel very sorry for Kamala,” Abdulrahma Harris said on Twitter on Wednesday night.
“My prayers go out to her and her family.”
Kamaly Harris also addressed the comments in a statement released on Thursday.
“In no way am I defending him or his remarks, but we can’t be silent anymore,” the statement said.
“Our daughter’s name is Kamala and it is our privilege to love her and share her story.
We will not allow anyone to diminish the accomplishments of our daughter.”
The remarks follow a week in which Harris and the rest of the Harris family are fighting for their daughter’s future at school.
On Monday, the family released a video of the president telling a group of white students that he wished they “would learn how to get along with the people in your district.”
“This is our first day at school and we want to make sure we’re doing it right,” Harris says.
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, the Harris sisters shared an emotional statement on Facebook, which they said they were “happy to share” with their followers. “
Hopefully that’s going to help us get through the day, and hopefully that’s where we’re headed, and then hopefully we can have a little more fun in the classroom.”
Earlier on Thursday afternoon, the Harris sisters shared an emotional statement on Facebook, which they said they were “happy to share” with their followers.
And so we want everyone to know that we love our daughter very much, and we are so proud of her and proud of the accomplishments that we have, and the things that we’re achieving, and she’s been so amazing, and her friends are so amazing. “So