Nina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate

Nina Turner, a former top aide to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential bid, said Thursday that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE is not truly seeking a progressive to be his running mate.

Turner, also a former state senator in Ohio, pointed to Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeSteph, Ayesha Curry to be recognized by the Congressional Hunger Center Democrats unveil plan declaring racism a public health issue With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban MORE (D-Calif.) as a potential progressive the Biden campaign could look to for a vice presidential pick, though no chatter has surfaced that Lee is in contention.

“If you are a progressive, you need not apply, that’s just the bottom line here. And no one should be surprised by this, certainly Vice President Joe Biden has the right to pick whomever he decides to. However, there is a component within the mainstream Democratic Party that has a disdain for progressives. So that is why the congresswoman is not on that list,” Turner said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

Turner noted that the Biden campaign is under pressure to pick a woman of color as its running mate in light of recent protests over systemic racism and police brutality, but that his running mate should be a progressive and not just check a box. 

“This woke crowd, this is just temporary, this is just an illusion. Black women should have been mentioned in the game for a very long time…this moment is forcing any of the Black women that you even being mentioned in serious contention for the vice presidential slot, they are being mentioned because of the bubbling up of the grassroots,” she said. “This has to be…about an affirmation of humanity. It cannot be about just checking off the box.”

You can see more of Turner’s interview with Hill.TV above.