Last Night, Democrats Argued With Each Other. Tonight They Wasted No Time Going After Trump.

Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders trained their attacks on the president in a heated opening round of arguments.

At the start of Thursday’s second Democratic presidential debate on NBC, 2020 candidates had sharp words for Donald Trump and the Republican party, making for a notable shift in tone from the first presidential debate Wednesday.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) kicked off the debate with a zinger. When asked whether Democrats had a duty to explain how they would pay for their proposals, the senator from California turned the question around.

“I hear that question,” she said, “but where was that question when the Republicans and Donald Trump passed a tax bill that benefits the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country, contributing at least one trillion dollars to the debt of America, which middle class families will pay for one way or another?” Watch:

Harris said that she would propose a $500 monthly tax credit for every family making less than $100,000 per year.

“Working families need support and need to be lifted up,” she said. “Frankly, this economy is not working for working people.”

Then, when asked whether having a “socialist” on the ticket would swing voters toward Trump, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) highlighted the president’s 2016 campaign promises as evidence that voters deserve more.

“The American people understand that Trump is a phony,” he said. “That Trump is a pathological liar and a racist. And that he lied to the American people during his campaign.”

He, like Harris, referenced the new tax code.

“President Trump, you’re not standing up for working families when you’re trying to throw 32 million people off the healthcare they have,” he said. “Eighty-three percent of your tax benefits go to the top one percent.”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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