Former CNN contributor Symone Sanders does not want white people leading the Democrat Party. Or, at least she used to feel that way.
Sanders was just tapped to serve as a senior advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden, who announced his long-expected 2020 presidential run on Thursday. Of course, if Biden has any success, he, a white male, would be the nominee of the Democratic Party.
But after President Donald Trump took office in 2016, Sanders said during a CNN segment that “we don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now,” noted The Washington Examiner.
Sanders added, “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.”
Biden is apparently the exception. And so too was Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), whom Sanders served as press secretary during his 2016 presidential run.
When serving as a CNN contributor, Sanders has turned heads on occasion for her social justice-themed commentary.
In October 2017, for example, Sanders suggested white people have no right to comment on the controversial kneeling protests in the NFL. “White people do not get to tell blacks folks or anybody else what is an acceptable form of protest,” she said, as The Daily Wire reported.
And last summer, Sanders said politicos calling for civility “might need to check their privilege.”
“It seems possible, I’m just reading the tea leaves here, that the White House would rather talk about Sarah Sanders being a victim, kicked out of this restaurant, asked to leave this restaurant, than the 2,500 children taken from their parents at the border,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said to Sanders, as previously reported by The Daily Wire.
“Absolutely,” the radical pundit agreed. “They’re using the bully pulpit and I think Sarah Huckabee Sanders thinks she’s Rosa Parks in this situation, and she’s absolutely not. Look, I definitely don’t want anyone coming up to me and putting me out the Shake Shack.”
“But, there is something to be said about the folks calling for civility might need to check their privilege,” Sanders added. “Where is the civility in the press briefing room, Jake? Where is the civility at the border for these children?”
Biden announced his candidacy on Thursday with a racially-charged video, castigating President Donald Trump as a defender of white supremacists.
As noted by The Daily Wire’s James Barrett, Biden’s announcement video “features a reference to Trump saying there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ following the Charlottesville Confederate monument protests that erupted in violence and resulted in a white supremacist plowing into and killing a peaceful liberal protester. Trump critics say the president was specifically defending white nationalists, while his defenders say he was generally referencing those protesting the removal of Confederate monuments. Amid backlash for his initial response, Trump went on to specifically denounce white supremacy.”
“In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d seen in my lifetime,” Biden says in the video. “Trump must be stopped in 2020,” he added, or “he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are.”
This post has been updated to reflect that Symone Sanders is a former CNN contributor, and not a current contributor for the network as originally stated.