In 2016, Symone Sanders had herself a gig as Bernie Sanders’ press secretary, and when that job was finished, she went on to become a media commentator on the general election. At that time, Sanders – an African-American woman who is of no relation to the Vermont socialist – told CNN that it was time for the Democratic Party to move on from white people.
After Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in the election, Sanders said, “We don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now. The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC.”
One would assume that this need is even more urgent today than it was three years ago, given that the Democrats have thrown most of their political capital towards identity politics. In that environment, we are to understand that Kamala Harris is a better candidate than Beto O’Rourke – not because she’s got more experience but because she’s a woman of color.
But that environment has apparently not affected Sanders’ choice of employment, because she’s now on board with the Biden campaign. Last we checked, Biden is one of the very same “white people” that she once said needed to step aside to make room for diverse leadership.
Biden’s skin color may not concern Symone Sanders, but it’s clearly got other Democrats in a state of irritation.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation’s diversity.
At the She the People forum, billed as the first presidential forum focused on women of color, Roxy D. Hall Williamson’s shoulders slumped at the mention of Biden, who made his campaign announcement on Thursday.
“I know that we have been cultured to feel that only the white man can save us,” the LaMarque, Texas, organizer said Wednesday. “I just don’t feel like Biden is our answer.”
LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, said she was initially eager for Biden to enter the race but now sees “strong alternatives” to him.
“I’m over white men running the country,” Brown said. “I don’t know if him getting in changes the field. He has name recognition, but his strength is also his weakness. Who is his announcing going to surprise?”
Count on this becoming one of the central themes of the Democratic primary. The left’s naked hunger for a socialist, egalitarian, utopia of diversity has begun to eat the party from within. Whoever wins the nomination will either be indigestible to the general electorate or so worn out from months of blistering, racist attacks that they’ll have nothing left for Trump. This one is ours to lose.