The objective of the ten candidates in tonight’s much anticipated first Democratic debate was to effectively paint a picture of the United States in the post-Trump era. Speaking of the sitting President, the Senator from Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar mentioned Trump’s name nine times in the two hour span. Representive from Ohio Tim Ryan mentioned Trump’s name seven times. Both Klobuchar and Ryan talked about Trump in ways that spoke to red districts and states that have been forgotten about by the President’s policies.
Conversely, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Elizabeth Warren did not mention Trump’s name at all.
By comparison, Joe Inslee lit up the room when he said, “Trump is the biggest geo-political threat to America.”
Biggest geopolitical threats?— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) June 27, 2019
Delaney – China/nuclear weapons
Inslee – Donald Trump
Gabbard – Nuclear war
Klobuchar – China/Iran
O'Rourke – Climate change
Warren – Climate change
Booker – Nuclear war/climate change
Castro – China/climate change
Ryan – China
De Blasio – Russia
Another highlight from Wednesday’s debate was the attempts by Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker to answer questions in Spanish. The death stares by Warren and Booker when O’Rourke answered were classic. Booker said on CNN later in the evening he could not flex his bilingual muscle first.
😂😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/NNpF8gjzEN— The Atlanta Voice (@theatlantavoice) June 27, 2019
Meanwhile, the elephant in the room was the fact NBC News did not include a black woman as a moderator. While the debate was staged in Americas’s most glamorous minority-majority city, Miami, the candidates stressed the importance of turning out the African-American and Latino votes. However, social media lamented the lack of inclusion of an black female voice on the panel. As examples, we mentioned April D. Ryan from CNN, Joy Ann Reid from MSNBC, even Danielle Moodie-Mills from SiriusXM as capable black female voices on the panel.