During Thursday night’s Democratic debates Sen. Kamala Harris elicited laughs when she compared Donald Trump to “the really small dude” from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Harris was talking about current trade policies when she seized the opportunity to criticize Trump. Trump has taken a strong stance on trade, especially with China and the results have been a struggling US economy.
“We’ve got a guy in the White House who’s been erratic on trade policy,” Harris said about the Trump’s China trade policies. “He conducts trade policy by tweet, frankly borne out of his fragile ego.”
“Donald Trump in office, on trade policy, you know he reminds of that guy in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Harris said. “You know when you pull back the curtain it’s a really small dude?”
Of the course, the little dude” she is referring to is the Wizard of Oz, who was revealed to be a tiny man hiding behind a curtain using a booming voice.
Harris’ jab also led to a hysterical moment with the moderator of the debate ABC”s George Stephanopoulos.
“I’m not even going to take the bait, Senator Harris,” cracked Stephanopoulos whose response gathered more laughter.
“Oh George, it wasn’t about you,” Harris told the moderator.
Stephanopoulos stands at only five feet five inches.
HARRIS: Donald Trump [on trade]… he reminds me of that guy in the Wizard of Oz, when you pull back the curtain, he’s a really small dude.
STEPHANOPOLOUS: … Ok. pic.twitter.com/PNvrRIYmJL
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) September 13, 2019
Several of the other 2020 contenders also implied that Trump’s foreign policies were heavy on “bluster and low on substance”, calling it “policy by tweet.”
Trump has received a constant stream of criticism for his tweets on the trade war with China. Last month he reacted to new Chinese tariffs by tweeting that he “hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.”
Harris’ “Wizard of Oz” jab came after she appeared to be deflecting a line of questioning about her record as a prosecutor that has dogged her throughout her presidential campaign. ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis asked the California senator why she appeared to now be backing away from her previous hardline legal stances that criminalized many people for nonviolent crimes.
“I’m glad you asked me this question and there have been many distortions of my record” Harris stated.
"When you had the power, why didn't you try to affect change then?" @LinseyDavis asks Sen. Kamala Harris about her record as a prosecutor.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 13, 2019
But Harris didn’t really address Davis’ question.