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Biden taps ‘rabid feminist’ who said ‘we don’t need white people leading Dem party’ for senior campaign adviser

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Democratic strategist Symone Sanders has either changed her mind or is color blind.

The 29-year-old CNN political analyst and self-proclaimed “rabid feminist” has joined Joe Biden’s newly launched presidential campaign as a senior adviser despite her previous thoughts on leadership in the Democrat Party.

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Sanders was being “aggressively” recruited by Biden about a month before he announced his 2020 presidential bid, the Associated Press reported, and her addition to the campaign “adds a younger diverse voice to Biden’s cadre of top advisers, which has been dominated by older white men. ”

But following the 2016 election, Sanders had declared that “we don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now” when asked about rumors that former DNC chairman Howard Dean could run again for the position that year.

“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,” the African American political strategist told CNN’s Brianna Keilar at the time.

“I want to hear more from everybody. I want to hear from the millennials and the brown folks,” she said.

But Sanders, who has a history of questionable comments about white people, went on to serve as press secretary for independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.

She took to Twitter on Thursday after Biden’s announcement to share the news of her new position as senior adviser to the white male Democratic former vice president.

“He won’t always be perfect, but I believe he will get it right,” she said of Biden.

Sanders was reportedly being recruited by other Democratic 2020 candidates, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Interestingly, Bernie Sanders was not reaching out to the former staffer, according to Associated Press.

Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile praised Biden’s choice as “one of the best moves” made by the campaign and praised Sanders as “battle-tested.”

“She understands how to build a coalition, and that women of color are the backbone of the Democratic Party,” she said, according to AP.

Just last month, Sanders reportedly donated $250 to the campaign of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to Federal Election Commission filings, Politico reported. The report prompted a reply from Sanders on Twitter, saying she also donated to the campaigns of Gillibrand and Texas Democrat, Julián Castro.

She also declared that she “couldn’t be happier to be on #TeamBiden.”

Considering her past remarks, her comment raised plenty of eyebrows on Twitter.

Frieda Powers


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