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Twitter Can’t Get Over How White The Dem Debate Is

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Blake Neff Reporter
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The Democratic Party is increasingly defined by its support among America’s younger and non-white population, but Tuesday night’s Democratic debate drew stark attention to the fact that all five of the party’s major candidates are relatively old and very, very white. The result was a storm of Twitter commentary from those eager to point out the party’s failure to field a candidate pool that matches the diversity of its voters.

Many Twitter jabs appeared to come from Republicans eager to rib Democrats for their lack of diversity, but plenty appear to come from Democrats and liberals who appear disappointed that the party’s contenders all hail from one race:

Consternation from some quarters over the whiteness of the debate stage was enhanced when candidate Jim Webb was questioned about his dislike of affirmative action, which provoked a response from him that mentioned the poverty suffered by whites in Appalachia.

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