The former spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign says white people should no longer lead the Democratic Party.
“In my opinion, we don’t need white people leading the Democratic Party right now,” Symone Sanders told CNN on Wednesday, according to the Daily Caller. “The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC.”
Sanders, who is not related to the Vermont senator for whom she worked, made the comment while discussing who should become the next DNC chair.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has said he is interested in the job, but others in the party, like Sanders, say Democrats need more diversity.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is reportedly being considered to lead the party. Not only is Ellison black, but he is also a Muslim.
The fight for who will lead the divided party after a crushing election night defeat comes as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also fights to keep her job. Some in the party’s congressional caucus say they should forego re-electing the 76-year-old California Democrat, in favor of a younger member from middle America, like Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.
“We need a brand as a party that says we’re the party that are going to help working-class people, white people, black people, brown people, gay people, straight people, improve opportunity for them to grow their wages, to have security, economic security. And we got off that message. And when we don’t talk about economics, we lose elections,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper earlier this week.