The three strongest Democratic challengers to President Trump’s reelection are now all black women.
They are talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, former first lady Michelle Obamaand Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has said Oprah and the “Me Too” movement pose an “existential threat” to the Trump presidency.
Obama left the White House with a 68 percent approval rating. She got a new wave of positive attention this month when record crowds showed up to see her newly unveiled official portrait at the National Gallery of Art.
Conservative columnist and Trump booster Ann Coulter confidently predicted last fall that if Harris ran, she would be the Democratic nominee.
A black female candidate would attract a lot of attention with a challenge to Trump. Ninety-four percent of black women voted against Trump in 2016 as did 69 percent of Latina women and 43 percent of white women. Women of all races have led the biggest anti-Trump marches.
April Reign, an activist who founded the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, worried during a recent NBC interview that the clamor for a black female presidential candidate could be a trap.
“Stop begging strong black women to be president: Michelle, Oprah, whatever,” Reign said. “It’s weird. And Lord knows when black women try to lead, y’all attempt to silence and erase us. So how would that work, exactly?”
Well, black women are already thriving at the top of the political ladder in lots of places.