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Who will replace Harris in Senate? 'Rising' discusses

Journalist Zaid Jilani on Monday discussed the debate over who should replace Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisIt's past time we elect a Black woman governor Manchin rebuffs progressive push for infrastructure guarantee It's time for domestic workers to have rights MORE in the Senate, saying different groups are making pitches based on their demographic characteristics. 

Jilani told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that different factions are pushing California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBeyond California, a record year for recalls Texas governor signs bill to allow college athletes to profit off name and likeness The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' MORE (D) to appoint either a Latino senator, a Black senator or an LGBTQ senator. He said each group “has specific people in mind,” who he says are “largely, well-connected political insiders,” like California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. 

“It’s increasingly a feature of kind of liberal politics to organize yourself around these things because it sort of subsumes any ideological debate,” Jilani said, arguing that “general voters don’t care” about appointing candidates of specific demographic backgrounds.

He also pointed to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE’s announcement of an all-female White House communications staff. 

“It’s just sort of pointing to something that’s not super-relevant, but using it as a sort of political marker or milestone, which, to me, distracts from the substance of the matter,” he said.

“I don’t think anybody is just a woman, just a Latino, just an African American, right?” he added. “Those are just broad social categories.”