Democrats Throw Adam Schiff Under The Bus

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( – Steve Phillips, a podcast host and author, wrote in a recent Washington Post guest essay that white Democrats who had entered the Senate race in California needed to drop out if they were truly committed to diversity.

Reps. Adam Schiff (D) and Katie Porter (D) have already announced their bid for the Senate seat held by the late U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat. However, Philips argued that the two candidates should drop out of the race in order to allow U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who is black, to lead the race. He argued that this was going to prove that they were committed to “diversity.”

In the opinion column, he argued that it has often become clear that the Democratic Party’s “heart and soul” were “black women,” who are currently underrepresented in the United States. He added that while both Porter and Schiff were white, Lee is black, which is what made the right course of action clear.

He argued that for the White Democrats, dropping out of the race would be a show of “courage” and commitment to the principles of the party. He added that it was a “moral imperative” for Lee to be the winner of the Senate race and pointed out that historically, there has been a lack of black women in the U.S. Senate.

However, racial diversity is not the only benefit that the author noted regarding electing Lee. As he pointed out, Lee was going to help continue the legacy that Feinstein left of being a trailblazer while also representing the state residents who, in their majority, identify as people of color.

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