Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to the Obama White House, said Democrats in 2020 should avoid attacking one another. “Don’t be busy beating up on others who are your opponents,” Jarrett told Bold TV’s David Grasso. “I’m not interested in what you think of them, I can form my own opinion of them. I want to know why I should vote for you.”
Democrats were dismayed by the damage during the 2016 election when bickering broke out between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leading to a Democratic loss in the general election. Jarrett said she doesn’t want to see the same thing happen in 2020.
“I want a Democrat to win the White House, and if we weaken ourselves in the primary, whoever emerges as the nominee is going to have a harder chance at the general election,” Jarrett told Bold TV at Anthony Scaramucci’s SALT Conference.
Some Democrats are concerned about voting for candidates like Joe Biden because he is an older white male, especially when there are a number of diverse candidates in the race. When asked if identity will play into the general election results, Jarrett said, “I think the winning strategy is a person who resonates most with America. And I’d love for that person to be a woman. I’d love for that person to be a person of color. But not just who the president is, I think it’s important that we have diversity in every level of government. I encourage people to run for your school board, run for your city council, run for state legislature. All of these different levels of government impact the lives of the American people, and I think we have decision makers who impact the diversity of our country.”
“One of the areas I spend a lot of time fighting for is equity, and I think we’re seeing a paradigm shift,” Jarrett said. “Even here at SALT, we’re seeing more women here — not enough, but more than in past years I’ve been. And I think there’s a recognition on behalf of businesses that we have to make a place where families with working men and women can thrive.”
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