Kamala Harris’s team is concerned that Democrats will install a white candidate ahead of her to replace Joe Biden, arguing that it would be “offensive” to black voters to overlook her should the president stand aside.

However, allies of Ms Harris are frustrated that she has largely been excluded from the list of possible replacements, arguing that it would be “offensive” to overlook a black woman for the job. “The fact that people keep coming back to this is so offensive to so many of us,” an ally of Ms Harris told Politico. “They still don’t get that the message you’re saying to people, to this Democratic Party, is, we prefer a white person.”