Journalist says Harris's record as state attorney general won't hurt her in primary

Journalist Emma Vigeland predicted on Wednesday that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change MORE's (D-Calif.) record as a prosecutor won't negatively impact her in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

"Kamala Harris has a lot of notches on her belt and a lot of successes," Vigeland, a correspondent and producer at the left-leaning "The Young Turks," told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"I think that some of the controversies that diehard progressives care about, like her criminal justice record in California, and the fact that she took a donation from [Treasury Secretary] Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations MORE and didn't prosecute him, those are sort of niche issues that I don't think are going to penetrate the general electorate of the Democratic base," she continued.  

Harris has faced scrutiny from progressives for her time as California attorney general, during which she backed policies such as threatening parents of truant children with jail time.

— Julia Manchester