For good reason, Democrats have called Black women the backbone of the party and have relied on them before to help save the party. With the selection of Abrams to stand on the national stage in opposition to Trump, Democrats have returned to the well in the hopes of boosting their standing.
“She is just a great spokesperson. She’s an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else. … I’m very excited that she’s agreed to be the respondent to the president,” Schumer told reporters, according to the Washington Post.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has sung the praises of Black women as an important voting bloc in the party.
“Let me be clear: We won in Alabama and Virginia because Black women led us to victory. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, and we can’t take that for granted. Period,” he told The Post in 2017 after big wins in those two states.
Indeed, Democratic leaders viewed African-American women voters as a major part of their strategy to succeed in the 2018 midterm elections in battlegrounds states with large nonwhite populations, Perez added.
Abrams, who ran for Georgia governor, was among the wave of Black women candidates in 2018 who displayed their ability to compete effectively for office despite the obstacles. That class included Massachusetts’ Rep. Ayanna Pressley and fellow freshman congresswoman Jahana Hayes of Connecticut.
Abrams will deliver her response to Trump in a prime time speech next Tuesday night, Feb. 5.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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