President Trump's and his daughter Ivanka Trump’s donations to Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) California attorney general campaign gained renewed attention after she was named former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate in the 2020 general election.
According to the California secretary of state's website, the Trumps donated a total of $8,000 to Harris’s campaigns from 2011-2014.
The campaign contributions were reported last year while Harris was still a contender in the Democratic primary by the Washington Examiner and Fox News. According to an affidavit obtained by those outlets, the Trumps made a $5,000 donation to Harris at the request of then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).
A Harris spokesperson told The Sacramento Bee in 2019 that she donated the contributions to a nonprofit organization that advocates for civil and human rights for Central Americans.
Reporting about the donations resurfaced Tuesday after Biden named Harris as his running mate.
During an interview with PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor Tuesday, Trump senior adviser Katrina Pierson said that the president "donated to candidates across all aisles."
“I will note that Kamala Harris is a Black woman [and] he donated to her campaign, so I hope we can squash this racism argument now,” she added.
Harris will be the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket after she is nominated during the Democratic National Convention next week. The president’s reelection campaign has come out with arms swinging since Biden named Harris his running mate.
In an ad sent out on Twitter quickly after the Democratic ticket was announced, the Trump campaign dubbed them "Slow Joe and Phony Kamala,” framing her as a far-left candidate. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Harris is “the kind of opponent everyone dreams of.”