Stacey Abrams Shares 'Concerns' About Biden VP Criteria

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Posted: Apr 22, 2020 1:15 PM
Stacey Abrams Shares 'Concerns' About Biden VP Criteria

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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.

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.

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.