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I remember hearing back when she was first running for higher offices that she was not a very good candidate. That was my first thought when I saw this. It's incredibly tone deaf, it plays right into the hands of people who claim that Democrats only care about quotas and identity politics. It will do nothing to help Asian-Americans, and will likely only hurt them because now every single one of them will be seen as being chosen solely to tick a box, not because of their merits.  

 

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My first thought is to wonder what South Asian Americans think about what she said. Do they not count as Asians? If she meant East Asians, she should just have said so, even though that would be opening up an entire Pandora's box worth of division.

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I like Duckworth. I don't think this is going to ruin all future AAPI candidates or appointees. But I do think this was a stupid thing to do right now.

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Even though she said she would vote for non-white nominees, it is also unfortunate that she chose today to overshadow Shalanda Young's approval by the Senate, considering Young is seen as a strong choice to become OMB director. The GOP has spent a lot of time and effort furthering tension between black and Asian-American groups - she gave them a big gift today, between this and mentioning VP Harris. 

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42 minutes ago, Vee said:

I like Duckworth. I don't think this is going to ruin all future AAPI candidates or appointees. But I do think this was a stupid thing to do right now.

 

I really dislike this tendency of Democrats/progressives running to the press instead of trying to solve this kind of thing behind the scenes. I need her (and Hirono) to be smarter and more strategic.

 

I know it won't ruin ALL future AAPI nominees but it will ruin the next one. 

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I saw VP Harris in that interview and I realize that some will try to suggest that she was being evasive but she was consistently saying that only legislation can provide meaningful, long-term change in the lack of sensible gun control policy.

She was pushing back on Gayle and Anthony's line of questioning that seemed to want to put the onus on executive action. Even they must realize the limits of EOs.

What we need is comprehensive change that is embedded in federal law, basically what she was saying.

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Some of us already figured this to be the case.

 

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