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Kamala Harris’ scathing comeback to Donald Trump Jr. is what Twitter was made for

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When Donald Trump Jr. chose to hit out at Senator Kamala Harris on Twitter recently, he perhaps wasn’t anticipating her swift and on-point retort.

It’s a sad fact of life that when men feel threatened by powerful women, they generally lash out on a personal level: attacking looks, character, sense of humor – casting for any angle where they hope to find a glimmer of vulnerability.

So it is with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, who weighed in on the Democrat race recently by attacking presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris. 

The former reality TV star re-tweeted a short clip of Harris answering a question from a journalist and laughing as she did so – a fact he apparently took umbrage with:

Not one to ignore a golden opportunity, Harris shot back – in a response that was as swift and succinct as Trump Jr.’s was vague:

This kind of exchange – a political provocateur getting their comeuppance – is what Twitter lives for.

Harris’ retort quickly drew over half a million likes and 100,000 re-tweets on the platform, as people rushed to voice their support of the California Democrat and her (demonstrably great) sense of humour. Disappointingly for Trump Jr., this far outranked the reach of his original missive. 

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay was among hundreds who jumped into the fray to applaud Harris:

Others saluted the drop-the-mike moment:

And paid heed to Harris’ expert Twitter moves with a few interpretative GIFs:

Harris appreciation was at an all-time high on the thread:

And the politician’s now-famous laughter got even greater air time:

Harris and her team are currently preparing for the largest presidential primary debate in recorded American political history.

Tomorrow’s showdown will see 12 Democratic candidates go head-to-head onstage in Ohio. Harris will be joined by frontrunners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, alongside nine other candidates vying for their party’s nomination ahead of the 2020 election.

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Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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