Lest you think there’s not a different standard at play for Democrats than there is for Republicans, behold Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
Donnelly was participating in a debate Tuesday night when he made what proved to be a cringe-worthy attempt to praise minorities on his staff in the name of diversity.
“Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job,” the incumbent 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 “odd phrasing,” as it was described online, would have been enough to bury any unfortunate Republican who might have uttered them, but it’s smooth sailing for the Democrat.
We saw an even more pronounced example of this when Hillary Clinton joked over the weekend that all black people look alike and there was little push back on the left.
The remarks caught the attention of Fox News anchor Bret Baer, who asked a very pertinent question.
“Hmmm. ‘…but she does a great job’. Will that get attention in this environment?” he asked.
Hmmm. “…but she does a great job”. Will that get attention in this environment? https://t.co/r6giskG3dD
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) October 31, 2018
Here’s a sampling of the responses from Twitter that shows the awkwardness here is not lost on social media users — nor is the double standard:
— John (@johnwjohnsoniii) October 31, 2018
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 31, 2018
“Sleepin’ Joe” Donnelly woke up long enough to stick his foot in his mouth.
Hoosiers deserve better. https://t.co/qZPBEJu30D
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 31, 2018
WTH? Who talks like that? https://t.co/TgzAOs8Lrt
— Julie Banderas (@JulieBanderas) October 31, 2018
This kind of babble worked out great for James Watt. https://t.co/aL3h0fJ0Ig
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) October 31, 2018
Some odd phrasing from @SenDonnelly attempting to highlight the diversity of his staff:
"Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job."#INSEN
— Dave Catanese (@davecatanese) October 30, 2018
Good thing he's a Democrat or this would show he's a racist. https://t.co/MDEskxzJHR
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 31, 2018
Joe Biden could not he reached for comment. https://t.co/4G03HPLEeh
— MarkHyman (@MarkHyman) October 31, 2018
Can we just be honest and say that if Mike Braun had said this it would be an issue but it won’t because Donnelly is a Dem?
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) October 31, 2018
Rhetorical question? If Hillary’s comments barely made a blip in the news then Donnelly will be ok.
— PardonMyFrench (@1PardonMyFrench) October 31, 2018
He’s trying to be inclusive BUT he’s actually just a subtle racist lol
— Desi Akita (@cancercurious) October 31, 2018
As much as I’d love to see a massive blunder for an incumbent Democrat, a week before the election, this isn’t that. Seems pretty clear he just isn’t comfortable with public speaking. Do have to mention that if he were a Republican, this would get treated far differently.
— Mike Daitch (@mikedaitch) October 31, 2018
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