Democrats hoping to nominate the next president of America don’t seem to want to vote for a woman or person of color or gay candidate, but they’re blaming their own prejudice on the idea that such a person couldn’t be elected president over Donald Trump.
NPR spoke with Democrat voters across the country and discovered a tendency to project racial and sexist biases onto other people to defend their own support of a white male candidate.
A woman in New Hampshire who attended an event for failed senate candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke told the outlet she’d “love to vote for a woman” but that she’s “not sure that any of the women candidates will make it to the top in the way that I think Biden and Beto will.”
She went on to claim that its other voters who have the problem.
“I don’t think it’s right, but I think that the fact that we have the person in the White House that we do, it is evidence that the country is not quite totally ready for a woman,” Rutka said.
A woman in Iowa told the outlet she wanted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to be president but thinks “there’s a lot of men out there that would never vote for a woman. I hate to say that, but I think that.”
A woman who attended Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in New York said it’s other people’s faults that a woman or gay man couldn’t get elected.
“I have a friend at work — she’s like, ‘You’re not progressive.’ She thinks that I don’t want a woman president,” the woman told NPR. “I do! But I don’t think they’re going to do it! And so I can’t waste my vote either, because we have to get the orange man out. I’m sorry — orange man got to go.”
“Orange man” is a reference to Trump.
This woman went on to say that South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who is a white man — couldn’t get elected because he’s gay.
“I think he’s great. I think he’s a nice guy. I don’t think he’s going to win the primary. I don’t think the country is ready for — they’re not ready for a woman. They’re not gonna be ready for a gay man,” she said.
The election and continued popularity of Barack Obama should prove these people wrong. Electing a president has less to do with the color of someone’s skin or their sex or sexuality than it does to do with personality. Look at every election for the past 40 years — the person with the most charisma has won. It has helped that the winner of each election has run against someone who appeared to have no public personality (whether that was true behind the scenes or not is a different matter). Trump had more personality than Hillary Clinton. Obama had more personality than Sen. John McCain or Sen. Mitt Romney. George W. Bush had more charisma than John Kerry or Al Gore. Bill Clinton had a bigger personality than Bob Dole or George H.W. Bush.
The Democrat with the biggest personality right now is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). That doesn’t mean that Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), or Warren can’t prove otherwise. Before Booker became a senator, he was one of the most interesting politicians in the country. If he can unleash what made him a star prior to entering the Senate, he could have a chance. If Warren can learn from Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) 2016 mistakes and show why she’s a hero to a certain underrepresented political group, she could have a chance.
A pollster interviewed by NPR gave away the Democrats’ projections.
“It’s very unusual,” said the pollster, Celinda Lake. “Normally in the past, electability is a factor. But usually, people think whoever they like best is the most electable.”
Saying someone you “like” isn’t the most electable is just a cover, allowing someone to virtue signal while still voting for the candidate they like most, who happens to be a straight white man.