IO-White Debate Showcases Best Democrats Can Offer    

  By: Katie Petrick
   Published : January 17, 2020

A bunch of racists and sexists walk into an auditorium. While that sounds like the opening line to a joke, the only joke is on the American people as the seventh Democratic debate for the 2020 presidential election took place on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The candidate field for the debate stage dwindled to six, as previous debaters Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Julian Castro, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, ended their campaigns.

Before the candidates hit the stage, many felt they would be blinded by the light, or rather the white. For a party that claims itself diverse and woke, the candidates on the Drake University stage paled in comparison to their assertions.

“The Democratic Party, which represents the true rainbow coalitions of America, has got to do a better job of getting more candidates running at all levels - supporting a system that doesn’t benefit big money but really big values. What are the values of our party?,” said Booker, ahead of the debate on “CBS This Morning.”

But according to DNC Chairman Tom Perez, there is no need to worry about the diversity of the race’s candidates.

“We’ve set a really remarkably inclusive and frankly low bar throughout the campaign … and I’m proud of that,” Perez told CNN on the morning of the debate.

And that is the Democrats in a nutshell. They are so proud of being able to set such a low bar for attempting to choose the next leader of the free world. With a stronghold on their pride, the Democrats focus on blaming everyone but themselves for the lack of diversity that remains. While Perez toted the initial diversity, he blamed the voters for why there is seemingly no more race-specific diversity remaining.

“If you want to make sure that a candidate of color makes the debate stage, when a pollster calls you, make sure you make that preference felt,” Perez said on MSNBC. “Because that is how you move the polling needle and, again, the voters are the ones who are making these decisions.”

As for what actually happened on the debate stage with all of the lack of diversity left, it came down to a different -ism at the end of the night. Prior to the debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) laid claim to sexism by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) back in December 2018, when Sanders allegedly told Warren that a woman would not realistically become president. The issue was raised during the debate, which sparked tension on both sides.

Sanders attempted to quell the accusation, saying that it was “incomprehensible” that he would ever suggest a woman would be unable to win the presidency. But Warren clearly disagreed with his defense. And at the end of the debate, it appeared that Warren refused to shake the hand of Sanders. CNN then released audio of the post-debate exchange, revealing how Warren truly felt.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she told Sanders, who refused to speak on the topic at the time.

In the days since, both campaigns have benefited in regards to fundraising, making it so Americans again became the punchline to a really bad joke. The politicians behaved poorly, but were rewarded with more campaign dollars, thereby incentivizing the brutish behavior.

And with that, it is clear that this is the best the Democrats can offer the voters. Now it is a matter of how many more times the voters are willing to slip on the banana peel and support them.

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