CNN's Phillip: 'Historical poetry' that Trump tenure may end with Black woman in White House

CNN's Phillip: 'Historical poetry' that Trump tenure may end with Black woman in White House
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CNN correspondent Abby Phillip on Friday said a win for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE would be a “really approving moment” for Black women who played a pivotal role in leading the former vice president to the nomination earlier this year.

The correspondent added that Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' Biden's plan for Central American kids is no substitute for asylum State Department bans Guatemalan lawmaker from entering US MORE (D-Calif.) serving in the White House would be “historical poetry.” 

“Can I just say for Black women, this has been a really approving moment for their political strength in carrying Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination through the primary. Black women did that,” Phillip said while discussing Biden overtaking President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE in Pennsylvania and Georgia on Friday morning as absentee ballots continued to be counted. 


“And I think seeing a Black woman on the ticket with Joe Biden on the cusp of this moment, I think is something that will go down in history, because this has never happened before,” Phillip, who is Black, continued. 

“And not only would Black women put Joe Biden in the White House, but they would also put a Black woman in the White House as well, and that is a sort of historical poetry that I think we will live with for a long time in addition to the fact that Donald Trump’s political career began with the racist birther lie,” Phillip continued.

Trump has previously repeated claims dating back to 2011 that then-President Obama was not born in the United States. 

“It may very well end with a Black woman in the White House,” Phillip added Friday. 


Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, would be the first Black American, first Asian American and first woman to serve as the nation's vice president.

On the eve of Election Day, Essence magazine published an op-ed from Harris emphasizing the importance of Black female voters. 

“Black women hold the power in this election. So we need to talk to everybody in our lives, including young people, to encourage them to vote,” she wrote. “We need to get our families, our neighbors, our whole villages to the polls.”

“Generations of Black women marched and organized and fought to give us this right … knowing that, one day, Black women would be a force in our democracy,” Harris added.

National exit polls released this week by The Washington Post showed that Black voters overwhelmingly backed Biden by a margin of 87 percent to Trump’s 12 percent, with Black women supporting the former vice president 91 percent to just 8 percent for Trump.

Early Friday morning, a release of absentee ballots from the Atlanta suburb of Clayton County, formerly represented in Congress by the late Civil Rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisJoe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill Hundreds in West Virginia protest Manchin's opposition to voting rights legislation Pelosi urges Democrats to pass voting rights bills: 'The clock is ticking on our democracy' MORE (D-Ga.), gave Biden a lead in Georgia of 917 votes. He pushed his lead out to 1,096 votes after another batch of ballot results came in about 6 a.m. 

Later on in the morning, Biden took a lead of 5,587 votes in Pennsylvania as ballots from Philadelphia were counted. Votes are still being tallied, but just before 11 a.m., Biden's lead stood at 6,826 votes in the Keystone State.

With the margins still so close, news outlets have yet to project a victory for either candidate in the two states. A win in Pennsylvania would put Biden over the 270 electoral vote threshold to seal off Trump’s path to reelection.