Taking pandering to the next level, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced that if he’s the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nominee, experience will take a back seat to gender and race when it’s time to pick his running mate.
“Gender and racial diversity is extremely important to me,” Buttigieg said last week. “It will be a central consideration in selecting a running mate. And I have committed to ensuring that our Cabinet will be the first Cabinet that is at least 50% women.”
Buttigieg, 37, was so proud of his stance that his campaign put a clip out highlighting his remarks.
The candidate released a 26-page women’s rights agenda on Thursday highlighting how he plans to make women a top priority if elected president, NBC News reported.
The plan includes a focus on the alleged pay gap involving women, a push for family leave, as well as a $10 billion investment “to end workplace sexual harassment and discrimination against women.”
Buttigieg pushed his gender-specific plan on social media, as well.
“Every woman has the right to live free from violence, harassment, and discrimination. As president, I will work to secure safe communities for all women. That’s why today—on #PurpleThursday—I’m sharing my plan to build lasting power for women in America,” he tweeted.
Every woman has the right to live free from violence, harassment, and discrimination. As president, I will work to secure safe communities for all women. That’s why today—on #PurpleThursday—I’m sharing my plan to build lasting power for women in America. https://t.co/hImaesDCso
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 24, 2019
In addition to saying he will nominate at least 50% women to cabinet positions and judicial seats if elected, the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate said he will reinstate the White House Council on Women and Girls formed under the Obama administration, according to NBC News.
As for social media users, they’ll take experience and qualifications over gender and the color of one’s skin when it comes to selecting someone next in line to being the country’s commander-in-chief.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Or maybe, and hear me out, just focus on picking the right person for the job? Crazy, I know.
— The?BOO (@PolitiBunny) October 26, 2019
I support diversity but picking people because they are not “white men” is just as bad as picking people because they are “white men”. We should be picking the best candidate for the position.
— Stevan Porter (@Porter4Us) October 26, 2019
Discriminating for someone discriminates against someone else.
— Gary Hickey (@scifi0425) October 26, 2019
So he’ll hire based on gender, not on ability, skill,academic accomplishment ….?
— IronSharpensIron (@bigMTsky) October 26, 2019
Identity Politics is not sustainable.
— ThatJasonB (@ThatJasonB1) October 26, 2019
“…the first cabinet that is at least 50% women, regardless if they are unqualified.” There, fixed it.
— T Lang (@loganscreek) October 26, 2019
If you pick the right people for the job and it turns out to be 50%, then great. If you are discriminating to make that percentage, then you’re not doing anyone any good.
— Jason Hamden (@HamdenJason) October 26, 2019
Imagine in 2019 that race and gender are more important that qualifications. This is regressive!
— polisci_is_dead (@PolisciD) October 26, 2019
When a presidential candidate is more concerned with gender/racial thresholds than they are with finding the best person for the job, they are not a serious candidate
— Don The Revelator (@DonThaRevelator) October 26, 2019
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