Vice presidential hopeful Stacey Abrams offered a stern warning for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden in an appearance on The View on Wednesday afternoon. Abrams claimed that she would have “concerns” if the former vice president did not pick a woman of color to run on his ticket; Biden pledged to select a female vice presidential candidate during the last Democratic debate.
“We need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America.”@staceyabrams says Joe Biden picking a woman of color as his running mate would signal “that we’re going to reach not just to certain segments of our community, but to the entire country.” https://t.co/oTGFo1gv78 pic.twitter.com/DCeGqp4TRu— The View (@TheView) April 22, 2020
.@staceyabrams says she would have "concerns" if @JoeBiden didn't choose a woman of color as a VP on @TheView:— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) April 22, 2020
"Women of color, particularly black women are the strongest part of the Democratic Party, the most loyal...we need a ticket that reflects the diversity of America."
The one-time gubernatorial candidate is very visibly auditioning for Biden’s vice presidential tap, and has taken a much more proactive, arrogant approach to making her case. Last week, Abrams affirmed that she would be an “excellent running mate,” despite the fact that her political experience is virtually non-existent, especially when compared to other women under consideration, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI). The aforementioned women have taken a more nuanced approach to the prospect of a vice presidential tap, indicating that they would be honored to be selected, without exemplifying the arrogance that Abrams is displaying on the cable news circuit. Those senators and governors under consideration also have substantial political resumés, while Abrams only served in Georgia's House of Representatives. Such a lack of experience would not normally be identified as vice presidential credentials.
Big difference in approaches between Abrams and Amy/Kamala:— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) April 22, 2020
A/K - hosting events & fundraisers
Abrams - making herself the story https://t.co/ps6RaXTOle
This Abrams quote from the Elle interview downright Trumpian:— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 22, 2020
"I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world."
The equivalent of Trump going to the Wharton School at UPenn. https://t.co/vjtUnHCv6a
Who says she's trying to win? https://t.co/YRgXNkRfbu— Joe Gierut (@Joe_Gierut) April 22, 2020
Since her 2018 loss to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Abrams has emerged as the quintessential embodiment of identity politics. During her bid for governor, Abrams ran a campaign dominated by such tactics, and after losing to Gov. Kemp, continued to identity politics blame game, while refusing to concede the election. Abrams regurgitates her exhausted “voter suppression” and “racism” talking points for political gain with progressives, while the mainstream media elevates her as a rising star. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where a Republican woman who employed the same victimization tactics would become a darling of the mainstream media.
Aside from her lack of political qualifications, Abrams’ assertion that she has somehow earned a vice presidential tap purely because of the color of her skin is exactly the kind of identity politics that do not belong in the White House.