On today’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, political reporter Chuck Todd commented on the number of non-white speakers the GOP has paraded across its convention stage by saying the Democrats were envious: “Democrats wish they had the diversity of speakers and deep bench [of the GOP] to show America …”
How does one reach Todd’s position and utter such a painfully stupid remark? Like so much of what’s been said at the convention, Todd’s assertion is in direct contradiction to all available facts.
Todd continued: “What Republicans have are a lot of elected officials to help with this issue …the fact that they’re mostly a white– their support base is a white southern part of the party.”
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In addition to the first and only black president of the United States, the Democrats can count among their ranks of elected leaders 76 elected minority members of Congress. Republicans have 11. That means 87% of elected minority national leaders in this country are Democrats. And they’re supposed to be envious of Republicans diversity?
Only 2% of the delegates at the GOP convention are African American. An estimated 40% of the delegates to the upcoming Democratic convention will be members of a minority group. And the Democrats are supposed to be envious of Republicans diversity?
Romney received support from 0% — yes, zero percent – of blacks in the latest poll, and is behind Obama among Latino voters by a 2-to-1 margin. And Democrats are supposed to be envious of Republican diversity?
According to the Congressional Research Service (PDF), Democrats also have overwhelmingly more women elected to Congress than Republicans. Of the 74 women serving in the House, 50 are Democrats and 24 are Republicans. Only 5 of the 17 women serving in the Senate are Republicans.