Two-time failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams blamed the low favorability ratings of Vice President Kamala Harris on “racism” during an interview with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki.
Harris — whose presidential candidacy was soundly rejected by Democrat voters in 2020 — has received low approval ratings throughout her tenure as vice president. According to a June poll from NBC News, 49 percent of registered voters expressed a negative opinion of Harris compared with 32 percent who have a positive outlook.
This left Harris a net favorability rating of -17, the lowest mark achieved by a vice president in the poll’s history.
On Sunday, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asked Abrams about Harris and her lack of popularity. “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,” Psaki said. “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 she would be receiving these same critiques if she was a White man?”
“No, not at all,” Abrams declared, agreeing with the premise that racism plays a role. “Question the person behind the person,” the two-time gubernatorial candidate said.
“But we cannot ignore that misogyny and racism remain very prevalent in our politics. And for those behaviors that don’t rise to either misogyny or racism, there’s also just a difference. Our expectations are set for the traditional White male vice president,” Abrams continued.
“It’s what it’s always been. We are not always great with new, but more importantly, I know if you filter through the critiques, if you think about how she is castigated, it is inextricably linked to race and gender. I applaud the poise with which she has responded.”
Abrams — who has repeatedly claimed that she won the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election against Republican challenger Brian Kemp — refused to rule out yet another run for office in the future.
“Politics is part of what I am and part of what I do. My approach is to do the work. Politics is one of the tools that I can use to do so,” she said. “The work that I do supporting small businesses and defending diversity, equity and inclusion. The work I’m doing with rewiring America on electrifying everything. All of those are facets to get to what I believe in most importantly, which is that we should have the right to succeed, the freedom to be successful, the freedom to dream of what can be.”
Abrams added that for the time being, she is “focusing on other tools,” but refused to rule out a future run for office.