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 HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special 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 MnuchinTop economic adviser warned Trump on reelection chances ahead of China truce: report The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever 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