(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Friday that she’d skip the “Second Step Presidential Justice Forum” at Benedict College in South Carolina — setting off President Donald Trump’s ire when she said that it was because he received an award for criminal justice reform.
Trump spoke Friday at the historically black Benedict College, where only about 10 students were invited to the event that over 200 people attended. “When it became clear Donald Trump would receive an award after decades of celebrating mass incarceration, pushing the death penalty for innocent Black Americans, rolling back police accountability measures and racist behavior that puts people’s lives at risk, and then learned all but ten Benedict students are excluded from participating, I cannot in good faith be complicit in papering over his record,” Harris said in a statement Friday.Harris said she’s joining students Saturday at an event at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, to discuss criminal justice reform, tweeting Friday that “I decided to do my own criminal justice reform event tomorrow instead.”In a Saturday morning tweet, Trump countered that his reforms will “greatly help the African American community” and touted unemployment numbers, saying that together they’re “more than Kamala will EVER be able to do for African Americans!”Read MoreButtigieg unveils criminal justice plan as he struggles to gain traction with black voters in South Carolina “Badly failing presidential candidate @KamalaHarris will not go to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I received a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation, which will……greatly help the African American community (and all other communities), and which was unable to get done in past administrations despite a tremendous desire for it,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. “This and best unemployment numbers EVER is more than Kamala will EVER be able to do for African Americans!”Harris responded to the President’s tweet Saturday, pointing to her own history of work on criminal justice reform and accusing him of falsely claiming to have done so.”My whole life I’ve fought for justice and for the people — something you’d know nothing about,” she retorted on Twitter. “The only part of criminal justice you can claim credit for is the ‘criminal’ part.”