We are three days into December and we’ve lost three candidates already. I guess that’s what happens when you wish for fewer candidates…
Julian Castro and Cory Booker ranted a bit about diversity yesterday. I ranted a bit about it today.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!
It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.
The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
Julian Castro sent out 5 emails yesterday, full of outrage and bluster. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren sent out 4 each, while Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, and Bernie Sanders restrained themselves with 3.
Tuesday was Giving Tuesday, a pushback to the consumer-focused Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Today is Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back and doing good. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by New York City’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and today is the world’s largest giving movement — raising over $400 million online last year alone.Pete for America
Several campaigns highlighted this day and asked for donations outside of their campaign. Pete Buttigieg gave an explanation of the day and asked for donations to the Disabled American Veterans fund.
Today, the Pete for America campaign is helping fundraise for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), an organization created by disabled veterans and chartered by Congress nearly a century ago to provide resources to veterans in need. DAV supports our nation’s veterans by providing assistance with access to medical care, connecting veterans and their families with earned benefits, and offering employment and job training resources. You can learn more about their organization at DAV.org.
When we ask our service members to put their lives on the line for America, we must be ready to provide them, and their families, with the care they need while serving and the support to heal when they come home.
Today, on Giving Tuesday, we hope to do our small part in honoring the commitment of our service members, veterans, and their families. We are contributing 100% of all donations to this email to DAV. Will you please chip in whatever you can to support veterans in need across the country?
The American military represents the best of who we are and what we can be. What unites our service members is a shared commitment to support and defend the United States. In this, they have stepped up and set an example for us, and the world, about the potential of the American experiment.
We have a lot of work to do to make sure we’re keeping our word to our veterans and their families. As president, Pete will honor the commitment of our service members, veterans, and their families and ensure that every veteran has the opportunity to continue to lead on the home front. If you have time, please take a second and read Pete’s plan to keep America’s promise to care for our veterans and military community members.
Thank you for your generosity,Pete for America
Julian Castro had a nice message written about the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project.
Giving Tuesday is an incredible movement that began in 2011. Following the biggest shopping days of the year, people around the world promote and give to worthy causes.
This year, I’d like you to please consider supporting the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, a project of the American Bar Association.
They provide critical legal services to detained immigrants and unaccompanied children.
Donate Here: https://donate.americanbar.org/probar.
We can’t let the crisis at the border be ignored. We must remember that security doesn’t require cruelty, and that compassion is always the right choice.
Please support this worthwhile effort.With deep appreciation,Julian Castro
And Joe Biden talked about the importance of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
I hope you have a few moments today for something really important to me. And then I hope you’ll donate to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
This year marked 25 years since the Violence Against Women Act was finally enacted into law, protecting women’s civil rights and giving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault new resources to make them safer.
And on this Giving Tuesday, I want to highlight one of those resources created by the Violence Against Women Act: the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Since 1996, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has provided lifesaving tools and immediate support for victims of domestic abuse, taking more than 4 million calls in just 23 years.
The Hotline now offers support in more than 200 languages and is the only national hotline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support victims of domestic violence. I’m grateful for them for the incredible work they’ve done and continue to do.
Between the Violence Against Women Act’s implementation in 1994 and 2011, serious victimization by an intimate partner declined by 72%. But, there is still more work to do.
It’s never been more important to uplift organizations like the National Domestic Violence Hotline. That’s why I’m asking you to support their work with a donation today. 100% of the donations to this email will go directly to the Hotline:
I’m asking you because this work is important to me. My whole career I’ve made ending violence against women a top priority.
And I’ll continue to do just that as president. You can read all about my plan to end violence against women here.
There’s so much work we have left to do. We have to end the rape kit backlog, expand protections for immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, ensure that domestic abusers cannot get their hands on firearms, and more.
But I have faith that we can win this fight. We have to. And it’s going to take all of us working together to get there.
I’m grateful to stand with you in this important fight,Joe Biden
No one else talked about Giving Tuesday in their emails.
There were, however, several emails written on the fly. After sending a fundraising push earlier in the day (she had barely made it onto the December debate stage, let’s make sure she’s on the January one!), Kamala Harris sent an email ending her campaign. The unexpected drop of someone who had once been polling as a major contender sent shock waves through the race. The other candidates flooded Twitter with their support for Harris, but it was Cory Booker who took to email first with his grief.
Long before she was a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris was my friend and my sister. We may have been competitors this last year, but it was with sadness that I learned Kamala announced she’s ending her campaign.
Kamala Harris’s campaign changed this country. So many people got to see — for the first time — someone who looked like them on a presidential debate stage. Someone fighting fearlessly and unapologetically for a better future for them.
I’m so proud of her for championing values we share, and know she’ll continue that fight as strong as ever. I pledge to do the same.
P.S. It’s been a joy every time we’ve run into each other on the trail. Here are a few of my favorite moments.Cory Booker
I say grief, because that is exactly what it is. When a campaign closes shop, it has died, and those who supported it mourn its loss. Though competing against her, Booker clearly had great respect and admiration for Harris and genuinely believed she would be an incredible President (if it couldn’t be him).
Julian Castro attempted to emulate.
It has been an honor to be in this race and on the debate stage with my friend, Senator Kamala Harris.
She made this race better by speaking the truth and fighting for opportunity for all Americans, and she made all of us better candidates by consistently raising the bar.
Her passion, experience, and thoughtfulness will be missed from this race. I’m grateful that we will still have her in the United States Senate representing California, and representing all of us as she brings her talent and skills as a prosecutor to hold this administration accountable.
I also want to thank Kamala’s amazing team, who ran a formidable campaign and championed so many communities that often are ignored.
Throughout this campaign, Kamala was treated very poorly by a media insistent on focusing on one type of candidate. Her campaign and the campaign of others in this race have been held to an unfair standard that needs to end.
To all of Kamala’s supporters, I invite you to join us to continue the fight. It was our shared values that brought us together in friendship, and I hope those same values inspire her supporters to find a home with this campaign. We can’t afford to lose your fearlessness and commitment in this battle – join us.
I look forward to continuing this race with all of you.
In friendship,Julian Castro
Castro should have stopped before his last two paragraphs. Instead, he pushed himself into the grief of the Harris supporters. Her campaign wasn’t even over for a day before he was right there, suggesting they sign up with him, a vulture circling what was leftover. Hey, I know your beloved choice is gone, but you can love me instead!
Not very humble of him, in my opinion.
Of course, before he expressed his sorrow for losing Harris from the race, Castro first slammed the DNC process for shunning diversity.
Months ago, the Democratic Party had on its debate stage the most diverse field of candidates in its history.
Now, months later, we’re in real danger of losing that diversity altogether.
With the news of Senator Harris dropping out of the race, there are currently no people of color who have hit the DNC’s threshold to qualify for the December debate.
We need your support right now to make sure we change that. We have just 9 days left to boost our numbers and we’re just a few thousand donors away from meeting the donor requirements. Please chip in now. >>
If we lose this diversity, we risk not having someone in this race who will speak to the issues and experiences that are too often ignored.
Oh, remember those 5 emails he sent? Yeah, Castro attacked the lack of diversity twice before trying to recruit Harris supporters.
With Senator Kamala Harris’ exit from this race, we know it’s more important than ever to have Julián on the debate stage. We’re in serious danger of having no candidates of color on stage. That’s a problem.
I’m proud of the campaign we’ve run that highlights the issues that not just the middle class voters face, but also the struggles of the poor.
Time and time again Julián goes where other candidates won’t, and speaks to issues others are too afraid, or too calculated to address.
Despite the media hosts of the debate not asking, Julián has talked about policing reform, the housing crisis, and reproductive justice, including for members of the trans community, while he was on stage.
We saw what happens when he’s not on stage. Important issues and vulnerable communities are ignored. Let’s show that Democrats are the party of diversity.
It is rich that Castro is accusing other candidates of being too calculating when Castro himself has made very calculating moves, such as attempting to go after Biden on the debate stage or bringing up his protection of the poor and voice for the voiceless only after his position on the December debates faltered. Castro has repeatedly demonstrated a laser focus on moves that he thinks will bring himself success instead of genuinely doing good.
Case in point? His first email from this morning:
I just heard some disheartening news.
Tulsi Gabbard just announced that she has hit the 200,000 donor threshold to qualify for the December Debate.
At the last debate Tulsi Gabbard didn’t help push the discourse in a positive direction. She didn’t use her platform to address public education. She didn’t mention the poor. She didn’t address the human tragedy at the border caused by the president’s failed immigration policies.
She spent her time trying to pide us instead of trying to unite us.
It’s clear that the most critical issues to the most vulnerable among us will be ignored if we don’t have folks in this race bold enough to bring them up.
I need your help to make sure I’m on the December debate stage. We’re just shy of the 200,000 donors we need to meet the donor threshold for the debate.
Never mind that this is not new news, but until Harris dropped out, Castro was very concerned that a woman of color had taken a step closer to the debate stage. There was no “Yay, incredible diversity!” from him then. When Castro says “no diversity,” what he means is “I’m not on the stage.”
Cory Booker was also very angry about the lack of diversity, and that came out in an uncharacteristic email from him.
I’ll get right to the point: Six candidates currently in the race are qualified for the DNC’s December debate. But as it stands now, after starting with the most diverse presidential field in our nation’s history, you might not see our party’s diversity reflected on that stage.
Not a single one of the candidates who have qualified for the December debate is a person of color. And that’s a shame.
These thresholds have had the effect of denying candidates of color access to the debate stage while paving the way for billionaires who are inflating their support through massive ad buys. I’m asking for your donation right now to help me qualify for the December debate by placing ads in the early states.
This race is still far from decided. No one knows who we will choose as our party’s nominee in Milwaukee next July. But it would be unacceptable if our final choices did not reflect the rich diversity of our party.
We need a debate stage that fully reflects the Democratic Party, not one limited to candidates with massive donor bases and billionaires who are able to buy their way onto the debate stage. Please donate to my campaign to help me qualify for the next debate.
Put me on that debate stage and I’ll demonstrate that I can, and I have, united moderate and progressive Democrats. I’ll demonstrate that I can, and I have, excited and engaged Black voters, the most loyal constituency of our party. And I’ll demonstrate that I am the only person in this race who can rebuild the coalition that elected President Obama that we need in order to defeat Donald Trump.
We are the party of diversity. We are the party of inclusion. Let’s start acting like it.Cory Booker
Full disclosure before I begin discussing this: I am a white woman and cannot presume to speak about the experiences of people of color. This is merely how I am perceiving this discussion from my lens.
Diversity, in both of these instances, are being used only to discuss race. The complaints both Castro and Booker are raising is that all of the people on the December debate stage are white and all of the front runners are white.
And yes, if you look at it that way, there is no diversity.
But there are other forms of diversity. Of the six candidates on the debate stage–Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer–we have 2 women. We have 1 gay man. We have 1 Jewish man. We have 2 sons of immigrants. We have 3 generations of Americans represented.
Even among the four front runners, there is diversity: 1 woman, 1 Jewish, 1 gay.
Is there a lack of racial diversity? Yes, absolutely. Is that a bad thing. Yes, undoubtedly. Is it a shame that old rich white guys are doing well while the candidates of color are struggling?Yes, completely. We could definitely use fewer straight white men in the race.
But there is not a lack of diversity. Castro talks a lot about how important it is for people to look on that stage and see people who look like them. Well, if you’re not Christian, seeing Sanders can give you hope. If you’re not a man, seeing Warren and Klobuchar can give you hope. If you’re not straight, seeing Buttigieg can give you hope.
If you’re not white, Barack Obama can give you hope.
I am absolutely not saying people of color got one President and should be happy with it. However, other people are discriminated against too. Other people are marginalized too. And people of color do not have a monopoly on that.
If it hasn’t been made clear over the months of writing this blog, I really like Cory Booker. I think he brings a lot of value to the debate stage. I’ve given him personal donations to try to help him along. I think it is an absolute shame that Tom Steyer is on that stage and Cory Booker is not.
But Kamala Harris did qualify. Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang are one poll away. The fact that Harris didn’t hold out another two weeks for the debate indicates that there were greater forces at play than the DNC debate requirements, and the fact that all but one of the candidates of color are closer to the DNC debate stages than John Delaney, Michael Bennet, Mike Bloomberg, and Marianne Williamson don’t convince me that the DNC is intentionally biased against people of color. The simple fact that reputedly, party elders pushed Deval Patrick into the race indicates that as well.
Pure fundraising emails were surprisingly low, though it was Giving Tuesday and campaigns were focused on the Iowa Caucuses. Bernie Sanders asked me as a non-donor to be a Bernie Victory Captain to win Michigan. (He didn’t ask my donor account, for some reason). John Delaney bemoaned the loss of more and more moderates. Michael Bennet assured me that the race was WIDE OPEN. Andrew Yang argued the same thing, that having 4 front runners effectively meant there were no front runners. Amy Klobuchar hurt my eyes with a flashing graphic.
Elizabeth Warren took a moment to capitalize on Kamala Harris’ campaign suspension to talk about diversity as well, though her argument was more billionaires vs. women.
Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand — two women senators who, together, won more than 11.5 million votes in their last elections — have been forced out of this race, while billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg have been allowed to buy their way in.
Our party and our democracy deserve better.
Our democracy should not be for sale, and yet, billionaires have been able to use their money to try to buy this election outright.
Running for president shouldn’t be a passion project for bored billionaires. Billionaires shouldn’t have the power to recruit their other billionaire friends into this race, or make threats about what they’ll do to the American economy if they don’t get their way.
Elizabeth is running to be the best president that money can’t buy. She doesn’t sell her time to the wealthy, doesn’t hold fancy fundraisers with special access for big donors, and isn’t beholden to corporate interests or their lobbyists. She’s in this fight for working people.Team Warren
We’re going to root out corruption in Washington right at the source — and level the playing field for working people in this country — but we need your help.Will you chip in whatever you can right now to fight back and make your voice heard?
It’s… an interesting juxtaposition, I suppose. But it does raise the point that of the 13 candidates who have thrown in their towel, only 2 of them were women. There are 4 women left in the race. 5 candidates of color. 4 over the age of 70. 2 who have never held an elected office. 1 LGBTQ+ candidate. 1.5 Jewish candidates (Michael Bennet has Jewish roots and was raised with both Jewish and Christian heritages).
We are definitely still the party of diversity and inclusion.