Twitter (TWTR) reacts to the final Democratic debate of 2019, as DemDebate becomes top trend on Twitter. The 7 Democratic presidential candidates took the stage on Thursday for a sixth and final time in 2019. We are covering the social media reactions to some of the night’s biggest moments:
In the first Democratic debate with no black or Latino candidates on stage, the lone nonwhite contender, Andrew Yang, said income inequality was responsible for the absence of minorities among the top-tier candidates and said his plan for universal basic income was the solution.
According to The New York Times, the 7 Democratic candidates faced off in one of the smallest debates of the 2020 election so far.
Dem debate occurred just one day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump. Impeachment played a significant role in debate questions.
“It’s both an honor and disappointment to be the lone candidate of color on the stage,” Yang said when asked what message the lack of racial diversity sent to viewers and voters.
Yang said he missed Sen. Kamala Harris, who qualified for the debate but recently dropped out of the race, and Sen. Cory Booker who, earlier this month, remarked that “we’ve gotten to this place where there’s more billionaires in the race than there are black people.”
Hours before the debate, Booker tweeted, “It’s a shame that tonight’s #DemDebate won’t reflect the diversity of our party.”
Yang said to cheers, “I think Cory will be back,” He didn’t name another presidential hopeful of color, the only Latino candidate, Julián Castro, but went on to talk about the inequities faced by black and Latino communities in the U.S.