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Harris slams Trump over Project 2025, defends Biden at Las Vegas event • Nevada Current

During a campaign event in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris criticized former President Donald Trump for his connections to Project 2025, a plan crafted by a right-wing think tank to dramatically expand presidential powers and restructure the federal government.

Several former Trump administration officials were involved in creating the 922-page document, which includes a 180-day presidential transition plan to eliminate several federal agencies, replace thousands of government workers with Trump loyalists, a nationwide abortion ban and the reversal of numerous progressive policies.

“Trump’s advisers have created a 900-page plan, called ‘Project 2025,’ that details everything else they plan to do in a second term, including a plan to cut Social Security, repeal our $35 cap on insulin, eliminate the Department of Education and end programs like Head Start,” Harris told a standing-room-only audience in a Resorts World ballroom on Tuesday.

Trump has tried to distance himself He has distanced himself from the controversial Heritage Foundation project, posting on his social media site last week that he knows “nothing about Project 2025.”

Harris warned voters that a recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United StatesThe Supreme Court’s decision, which declares that presidents have criminal immunity from prosecution for official presidential actions, could expand Trump’s presidential powers for a second term, as outlined in Project 2025. Democrats and their allies have described the Supreme Court’s decision as a setback for democracy that places presidents above the law. Harris echoed those concerns Tuesday.

“Donald Trump has openly promised that if he is reelected, he will be a dictator from day one,” Harris said. “Donald Trump wants to turn our democracy into a dictatorship, and the Supreme Court has basically just declared that he can get away with it.”

The campaign’s focus on Project 2025 comes after Biden’s disastrous performance in last month’s debate sparked sharp Democratic criticism. Including Rep. Susie Leeand calls on Biden to drop out of the race. Harris alluded to those criticisms in her speech on Tuesday.

“These past few days have been a reminder that running for president of the United States is never easy. But the one thing we know about our President Joe Biden is that he is a fighter and he is the first to say that when you get knocked down, you get back up,” Harris said.

During her speech, Harris highlighted the importance of the November presidential election for reproductive rights, an issue that has proven to mobilize voters. Harris reminded voters that Trump nominated the three conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court who helped overturn abortion protections under the Roe v Wade ruling.

“Project 2025 outlines a plan to limit access to contraception and ban abortion nationwide, with or without a vote,” Harris said.

“Trump has not denied his actions, let alone shown remorse, but rather takes pride in having overturned Roe. So make no mistake. If Trump gets the chance, he will sign the law banning abortion in all states,” she added.

Tuesday’s event launched a national organizing and engagement program that the Biden-Harris administration hopes will mobilize Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander voters ahead of the November general election.

As part of the campaign, Nevada for Biden-Harris purchased digital and print ads in the Las Vegas Chinese Daily News, Asian Journal, Las Vegas Japan Times, Korean Las Vegas Times and Philippine Times of Southern Nevada.

Harris highlighted the Biden administration’s role in increasing the number and amount of Small Business Administration loans to Asian Americans by more than a third and achieving the highest AANHPI employment rate since 2008. Harris also highlighted the Biden administration’s commitment to reducing anti-Asian hate and violence in the U.S. by enacting the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which made it easier for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities to report acts of hate.

“On the other hand, the former president constantly incites hatred,” Harris said. “Someone who vilifies immigrants, who promotes xenophobia, someone who fuels hatred should never again have the opportunity to stand behind a microphone and the seal of the president of the United States.”