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Abby Phillip on the Impact of Black Women on the Election

In 1 Minute, Abby Phillip Perfectly Captures Why This Is "Historical Poetry" For Black Women

CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip arrives on stage to moderate the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14, 2020. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Reporters, journalists, and poll workers alike have been working overtime in the days following the presidential election on Nov. 3. But as citizens and people across the world patiently await the final results, CNN's Abby Phillip took some time on Friday morning to recognise the hard work and dedication that Black women put in to make this happen. "For Black women, this has been really a proving moment for their political strength," she said. "In carrying Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination through the primary, Black women did that."

Phillip continued, "Seeing a Black woman on the ticket with Joe Biden, on the cusp of this moment, is something that will go down in history, because this has never happened before. 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 historical poetry that we will live with for a long time."

Black leaders like Stacey Abrams absolutely did that, and it has not gone unnoticed. On Nov. 4, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley tweeted that "it's not Black girl magic, it's Black woman Work, & @staceyabrams alongside the coalition she has built & led, have been putting it in for our democracy." Abrams has been an advocate for election reform and worked hard to reduce voter suppression through Fair Fight, the organisation she founded in 2018. The possibility of having a Black vice president like Sen. Kamala Harris and the fact that Biden broke the record for the most number of votes cast for any presidential candidate is a testament to this work.

Phillip closed her statement by recognising the "historical poetry" of the numbers. "In addition to the fact that Donald Trump's political career began with the racist birther lie, it may very well end with a Black woman in the White House," she said. Phillip was referring to the baseless claims Trump clung to for years about former President Barack Obama's citizenship. Watch her segment on CNN above, and check out all the inspiring women who have already made history in this election.

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