Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) made some devastatingly awkward racial comments during a Senate debate Tuesday, reminding viewers of his party’s lack of outreach toward minority voters.
Twice Donnelly referred to staffers and seemed to say they were highly skilled at their positions in spite of their minority status.
“Our state director is Indian-American, but he does an amazing job,” Donnelly said. “Our director of all constituent services, she’s African-American, but she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine.”
The operative word here being ‘but.’
Sen. Donnelly says he has black and Indian American staffers, ‘but’ they’re terrific https://t.co/03K54ulf4a
— Post Politics (@postpolitics) October 31, 2018
The GOP couldn’t help but mock Donnelly for his comments.
You can watch the awkward debate moment below …
Democrat Senate candidate Joe Donnelly is Michael Scott.
“Our director of all constituent services, she’s African American. BUT she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine.” pic.twitter.com/VFpncdVbz1
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) October 31, 2018
Incredibly, the Washington Post refers to Donnelly as a “conservative Democrat,” despite his platforms to the contrary.
President Trump, at a rally in Indiana, blasted Donnelly as an “incredible swamp person,” as he’s been criticized for outsourcing jobs to Mexico, voting against tax cuts, and voting no on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Because he made a racial gaffe with his comments, he must be portrayed as a ‘conservative.’
After catching heat for his comments, Donnelly issued a statement saying he simply used the wrong conjunction.
“I misspoke, I meant to say ‘and’ instead of ‘but,'” he claimed. “That would have communicated what I have tried to do my entire life: that I make a habit to seek out and promote people of color for both my campaign and official staff.”
Donald Trump Jr. chimed in by pointing out the media would have slammed anyone with an ‘R’ next to their name had they made these comments, but will give Donnelly a pass.
Disgusting and yet I’m sure that no main stream media will cover this just like they let Hillary totally slide this week with her racist comments because she’s a liberal.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2018
As Trump notes, Clinton got some heat for a recent joke in regards to two prominent black Democrats, saying “they all look alike.”
The insensitive comments may or may not have been a simple gaffe, but they underscore a much bigger problem as Democrats head into the midterms.
Minority outreach, or the lack thereof.
In Missouri, for example, in-state operatives are calling Claire McCaskill’s failure to engage with African American voters a “life-threatening situation.”
There’s concern in Missouri and other states that Democrats failed to engage early and often enough with black voters https://t.co/sLDiArNEoN
— POLITICO (@politico) October 31, 2018
The Intercept meanwhile, published a report in which Latino voters complain they “are tired of being taken for granted by Democrats.”
The first story highlighted involves DNC Chair Tom Perez, who flew from an immigration rally at the southern border to a lavish Beverly Hills fundraiser on the private jet of a landlord being sued for discriminating against Latino families.
That’s mildly tone deaf.
Meanwhile, Republicans are working hard on their minority outreach, contacting 15.7 million Hispanic voters ahead of the midterms, and holding hundreds of events engaging with African and Asian-Americans.
Just last week, President Trump hosted a historic event with African-Americans at the White House and designated a national monument in Kentucky to honor African-American soldiers during the Civil War.
The President has also seen historic trends when it comes to garnering support from minorities, with economic policies resulting in historically low unemployment numbers and job opportunities, efforts on prison reform, and his work promoting the growth of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Democrats relying on the minority vote to carry them here in 2018 may be disappointed to learn that it’s the Republican party that most benefits the lives and well-being of every American in every demographic.
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