‘Racism and Sexism’: Dem Party FRACTURES After Biden’s 2020 Announcement

The Democrat Party has prided itself in being the party of diversity, of representing women and minorities, but their top candidates for the 2020 presidential election are all white men: Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

This did not happen by chance, political operative and former Democratic National Committee official Leah Daughtry said at a “She the People” rally on Wednesday night, Politico reports.

Prior to Biden’s official announcement on Thursday morning, Daughtry said, “With all due respect to the vice president, he hasn’t even announced yet but he’s the frontrunner?”

Daughtry then theorized a cause.

“Racism and sexism are part of the fabric and the fiber and the founding of our country and the way that the [Democratic] candidates are being treated, it just reminds you of that. We’re not past it,” she contended.

According to Politico, much of the event centered around Biden:

The four-hour forum provided a snapshot of bubbling tensions among many Democratic women who are annoyed that the race looks like it could just as easily be unfolding in 1979 as 2019 — despite a historically diverse field.

Much of the discontent focused on Biden. He, along with another white man, Sanders, has dominated early polling even though he’s not even officially been a candidate. After weeks of deliberation and delay, Biden is set to announce on Thursday.

Aimee Allison, who co-founded She the People, said she thinks the polling is premature and has distorted the public’s perceptions about which candidates are viable or not. She said it’s an “open question” whether the former vice president can win over women of color in large numbers.

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“He’s going to enter a really different world,” said Allison. “It’s a world in which we’ve woken up as women of color and we’re not just going along to get along for a Democratic Party insider.”

Others like LaTosha Brown said the media is “complicit” in boosting white male candidates.

After Biden announced on Thursday morning his intention to run, rival candidates and other political operatives have sought to take him down.

“Rival candidates have been keeping their power dry until his declaration but view Biden’s record, stretching back to his being first elected to the United States Senate in 1972, and through two unsuccessful presidential campaigns in 1988 and 2008, as full of opportunities for attack,” the Washington Examiner reports.

As the Washington Examiner also reports, Republicans quickly looked to take down Biden following his official announcement:

The 76-year-old is one of the oldest in the field, just a year younger than independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and decades older than one of the field’s fastest rising stars, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, is 37.

Republicans on Thursday wasted no time trying to take down the 2020 Biden candidacy early.

“Joe Biden has been running for president and losing since the ‘80s. 2020 won’t be any different. Biden’s fingerprints are all over foreign policy blunders and the weakest economic recovery since World War II,” said Republican National Committee Communications Director Michael Ahrens. “We don’t need eight more years of Biden. Just ask President Obama, who isn’t even endorsing his right-hand man.”

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