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 HarrisKamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages Kamala Harris rallies with McDonald's workers striking for higher wages 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 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 MnuchinOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Justice releases legal opinion backing Treasury's refusal to release Trump tax returns 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