Sanders Spokeswoman: “White People” Shouldn’t Lead DNC
According to Symone Sanders, a former spokeswoman for the Bernie Sanders campaign, the Democratic National Committee should be looking for someone other than a white person to lead the party forward. In a CNN interview on Wednesday, Sanders was asked about the fight for the DNC chairmanship, currently occupied by disgraced Clinton acolyte Donna Brazile (a black woman). Asked if she would support Howard Dean for chair, Sanders blanched.
“Howard Dean was there for the 50-state strategy, but here’s the issue: Howard Dean is also on record maligning young people and millennials,” Sanders said. “Telling those Bernie folks they just need to get in line and maligning Bernie Sanders. And that is not what we need.
“And in my opinion we don’t need white people leading the Democratic party right now,” she continued. “The Democratic party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in 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.”
Her former boss, Crazy Bernie himself, has come out in favor of Keith Ellison for DNC chair. Ellison has similar liberal views to the socialist senator, but his national prominence comes from his being the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives. And despite Sanders hinting this week that the Democratic Party needs to move away from identity politics, many critics believe that the Ellison pick is just that.
Expect to see more of this kind of debate in the coming months and years. Democrats don’t quite know how to respond to Donald Trump’s shocking victory. They’re stunned to the point of near-paralysis. They’re at a fork in the road, and they genuinely do not seem to know which path to take. Do they push all their chips into the middle and take the party as far left as its most extremist Democrats? Or do they hold back and moderate in the hopes of winning back the white working class?
All we can do is wait and watch. And, of course, enjoy the spectacular irony of it all. Remember: it was supposed to be the Republican Party scrambling to salvage the future after election day. Now Democrats are staring into an abyss they didn’t see coming.
Grab some popcorn and stay tuned.