Donnelly Flubs Debate Answer: I Have an African-American Staffer, ‘But’ She Does a Great Job Donnelly Flubs Debate Answer: I Have an African-American Staffer, ‘But’ She Does a Great Job – NTK Network

Donnelly Flubs Debate Answer: I Have an African-American Staffer, ‘But’ She Does a Great Job

“Our director of all constituent services – she’s African-American, but she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine,” Donnelly said.

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2018 @9:12am

During an Indiana Senate debate Tuesday night, Democrat Joe Donnelly flubbed an answer to a question about diversity.

“We want everybody to have a chance in Indiana and in America, and my offices reflect that,” Donnelly began, before things got cringeworthy.

“Our state director is Indian-American, but he does an amazing job,” Donnelly said next. The use of “but” implies Donnelly is saying that despite his ethnicity and what one might think about individuals of that ethnicity, he still effectively carries out the duties of his job.

At best it’s an unfortunate turn of phrase, considering the fact that one’s ethnicity should have no bearing at all on that person’s ability to handle a job. But Donnelly didn’t stop there.

“Our director of all constituent services – she’s African-American, but she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine,” Donnelly added.

Perhaps the Democrat didn’t mean it this way, but by constructing his sentences this way, Donnelly seemed to be implying he held lower expectations for minority employees and is trumpeting their accomplishments because they rose, in his mind, to meet the challenges of working in his office.

Donnelly gets back on track later in his answer.

“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 every campaign I’ve had because my campaigns and our Senate office should reflect the face of Indiana.”

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