Duckworth says she won’t vote for any non-‘diversity candidates’ until Biden nominates more Asian-Am

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  1. SJUGRAD13

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    Duckworth says she won’t vote for any non-‘diversity candidates’ until Biden nominates more Asian-Americans.


    Senator Tammy Duckworth, Democrat of Illinois, said on Tuesday that she would refuse to vote for any of President Biden’s nominees “other than diversity nominees” until the White House addressed what she called an unacceptable dearth of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders serving in top administration posts.

    Her ultimatum came as Mr. Biden faces mounting pressure on the issue amid a growing tide of racism toward Asian-Americans during the pandemic, culminating in last week’s deadly shootings in Atlanta.

    Ms. Duckworth and Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said they used a private video meeting on Monday night with other Senate Democrats to tell Mr. Biden’s top advisers, including the deputy chief of staff, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, that the scarcity of Asian-American cabinet-level officials was “not acceptable” and needed to be promptly addressed. The pair are the only two Asian-American members of the Senate.

    Ms. Duckworth said she followed up Tuesday morning to inform the White House she was “a no on everything other than the diversity candidates” who came before the Senate until she felt Mr. Biden’s team was taking the right steps, beginning with the president’s nominee for under secretary of defense for policy. With the Senate divided evenly between the two parties, her opposition could create considerable pressure to find an agreement
    “I’ve been talking to them for months,” Ms. Duckworth said in an interview. “They are still not aggressive, so I am not going to be voting for any nominee from the White House other than diversity nominees. I’ll be a ‘no’ on everyone until they figure that out.”


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    Open disputes between Mr. Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill have been relatively rare in his first months on the job. But prominent Asian-American lawmakers who have been quietly agitating around nominations and appointments for months, signaled they were done giving the White House the benefit of the doubt.

    During the meeting Monday night, Ms. Duckworth said that Ms. O’Malley Dillon pointed out that Vice President Kamala Harris, whose mother was from India, and Katherine Tai, the top American trade envoy who is of Chinese descent, were Asian-American. The White House considers both women to be part of the Cabinet, though they do not lead executive departments.

    Ms. Duckworth, who is Thai American, called the invocation of Ms. Harris to placate her concerns “insulting
     
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    :sas1:Cracks in the coalition?
     
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    Armchair Militant I’m not a role model

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    This should’ve been handled in private.
     
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    Wait , is it Biden's fault that Neera Tanden was nominated for a Cabinet level position and then self destructed?
     
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    You would think, but they probably feel they wouldn't get anywhere with it. With the whole asian hate thing in the news now, folk are gonna make their push. They got wind in the sails :yeshrug:
     
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    Said it before over the last 4 years.. but the repubs are imploding and the dems are exploding..
     
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    This unhealthy obsession with diversity quotas is going to backfire on the dems.

    We know white voters hate hearing about it. And now the various minorities in the Dem coalition will be at each other's throats over getting enough representation.


    I really wish people cared more about policy than the ethnic background of the people making it.
     
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    not a good look
     
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    So it's over already. I guess Biden is ineffective, huh? :sas2:
     
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    Short term pain but it's worth it IMO. Probably could be handled better admittedly but African-Americans are doing/have been doing the same thing before Biden was even elected.

    Dems already are winning the Asian vote but with additional representation & Trump's racism, I think our #s can improve. I'm not opposed to putting more chips on a growing demographic that is being vilified by the other side. They make up 6.5% of the US population but less than 3% of Congress.

    I don't know if Cabinet positions will make a huge difference short term, but it does have the potential to change the trajectory of those selected and improves their odds of power politically moving forward.
     
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    that's what you get when you have a patriarchal white supremacist society that kept POC (and women) out of positions of power for so long, people want to see people who look like them, many folks aren't at the point yet where they have enough representation to start parsing out and caring about what people believe vs who they represent. :yeshrug:
     
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    LOL politics is just a money pit scam for the bourgeois
     
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    Copying and pasting this to social media and not crediting you.
    Just FYI
     
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    Jesus Christ :beli:

    Everyone wants their turn on the racism train

    “What about us it’s not just black people”

    What about us?

    :pacspit:
     
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    The way this has been presented and quickly closed feels intentional. Duckworth's sentiment and grievance were real but its like someone asked "How are we looking with the Asian block of voters? I think there is an opportunity here..."

    I'm all for them using the media for their own gain.
     

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