Senator Kamala Harris kicks off US presidential bid in Oakland

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Sunday officially launched her bid for the presidency in 2020, kicking off her campaign with a speech touting unity and equality.

Harris told supporters that those in power are trying to turn people against each other, which she says is “not our America.”

The event was the formal kickoff of her campaign for the nomination.

“With faith in God, with fidelity to country and with the fighting spirit I got from my mother, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States,” she said Sunday during a rally in Oakland, Calif., her hometown. 

Speaking at Oakland’s City Hall, Harris says the American Dream and American democracy are under attack and on the line like never before. She says that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and transphobia are real in the U.S. and must be recognized and dealt with.

Harris also took a swipe at President Donald Trump’s border wall proposal, calling it “the president’s medieval vanity project” and saying it won’t stop transnational gangs.

Harris said she was running “to fight for an America where no mother or father will have to teach their young son that someone will stop him or kill him because of his race.”

Harris announced she’s running for president in 2020 earlier this week. She says a big part of her decision to run was the outcome of the 2016 election

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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