‘Misogyny and Racism’ Behind Criticisms of Kamala Harris

Political activist and failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-GA) stated Sunday on MSNBC’s “Inside” that she believed the criticisms leveled at Vice President Kamala Harris had been primarily based on “misogyny and racism.”

Anchor Jen Psaki stated, “I want to ask you about the vice president, because she has been under a huge amount of scrutiny through her entire time in office. I think there’s a lot of reasons for this. But I want to ask you, as a prominent woman of color who’s run for office, do you think that she would be receiving the same critiques if she was a white man?”

Abrams stated, “No.”

Psaki stated, “No, not at all?”

Abrams stated, “No. We will always question the person behind the person. But we cannot ignore the misogyny and racism that remain very prevalent in our politics. And for those behaviors that don’t rise to misogyny or racism, there’s also just a difference. Our expectations are set for the traditional white male vice president.”

Psaki stated, “That’s what it’s always been.”

Abrams stated, “It’s what it’s always been. We are not always great with new. But more importantly, I know that if you filter through the critiques, if you think about how she has been castigated there is inextricably linked to race and gender. I applaud the poise with which she has responded.”

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