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For months, many have been anticipating whom former vice president Joe Biden would choose as his running mate. Donald Trump weighed in once again on the presumptive Democratic nominee’s vice-presidential selection, saying that Biden apparently “roped himself” into picking a woman.
USA Today reports during a radio interview with sports commentator Clay Travis, Trump commented on the vice-presidential selection. “I would be inclined to go a different route than what he’s done. First of all, he’s roped himself into a certain group of people,” said the president. Trump then suggested that men may be insulted by the fact that Biden has committed to choosing a woman as his vice president, who would become the third woman in history to have a vice-presidential bid.
Biden has faced constant pressure from many activist groups, saying that he has to pick not just a woman of color to be his running mate, but a Black woman. The selection also coincides at a time where civil unrest is prevalent in the midst of a pandemic, with the Black Lives Matter movement reigniting since the death of George Floyd back in May while in custody.
And Biden has chosen his running mate in California Senator Kamala Harris. The former vice president tweeted the announcement Tuesday in a two-tweet thread.
“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris --- a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants --- as my running mate. Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I am proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign,” tweeted Biden.
Harris addressed her selection on Twitter as well, following the announcement. Former President Barack Obama also acknowledged the announcement as did her fellow candidates for the job, including former president Bill Clinton, and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who even gave her advice. Not only will she be debating against vice president Mike Pence in the upcoming debates, but she will also become the first woman, the first Black woman to become vice president as well as the first Asian American to take on the role.