Democrats Pick White Male Kennedy as Their New Anti-Trump

Morgan Baskinm, Splinter, January 31, 2018

Democrats tapped 37-year-old Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III {snip} to deliver the party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.

In announcing the decision, New York Senator Chuck Schumer said he believes Kennedy—a white man from a storied political dynasty who is, by all accounts, not one of Capitol Hill’s pioneering forces—will “do an excellent job in making clear that Democrats are laser-focused on enacting policies to benefit middle class Americans, not special interests or the wealthiest.”


It’s an interesting look coming from a party that seems constantly ready to sell out the people of color in its base. Given that, in nearly every single report announcing Democrats’ decision, Kennedy is described as a “rising star,” it seems the party has shown its hand in settling on a strategy for beating Trump in 2020: Get an unoffensive white man who’s young and pedigreed to urge America that we don’t need radical change as long as the party of “equality” is in the White House.

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