“Our state director is Indian-American, but he does an amazing job."
What: It was a softball question. But Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana managed to strike out spectacularly.
In the final debate of a tightly contested race for US Senate, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the incumbent was asked: "If elected, how will you commit to bring diversity into your leadership and senior staffing, including women, African-Americans, and other underrepresented groups?"
Donnelly responded in part by touting the performance of minorities on his staff, but in a way that suggested their success came despite their ethnicity.
Donnelly then concluded with a hard-to-follow treatise on diversity and inclusion.
“It isn’t their race or their religion. It’s the incredible person that they are,” he said. “But at the same time they have to have a chance, they have to have an opportunity, and that’s my responsibility. And I’ve done it in every office I’ve had and I’ve done it in every campaign I’ve had because my campaigns and our Senate office should reflect the face of Indiana.”
(via DM) "Donnelly is like Michael Scott in the Diversity Day episode" pic.twitter.com/TpFvUSQHaz— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) October 31, 2018
"Come on. Stir the pot. Stir the melting pot, Pam,"
Like his Republican opponent, Mike Braun, Donnelly, a conservative Democrat, tried to tie himself to President Donald Trump, voicing support for a wall on the US-Mexico border and saying he would consider legislation to end birthright citizenship.
Braun sought to portray himself as an “outsider” businessman, much like the president.
Can we just be honest and say that if Mike Braun had said this it would be an issue but it won’t because Donnelly is a Dem?— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) October 31, 2018
To be fair: Candidate
Cover image: Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana speaks at a US Senate debate in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Oct. 30, 2018. (Screenshot from YouTube)