The Democratic presidential candidates shot Tuesday evening during the race at President Donald Trump as they struggled about the rise of white supremacy in the United States and the best way to close the racial gap.
Beto O & # 39; Rourke promised to recall the president's racial statements, Elizabeth Warren denied what they thought of & # 39; domestic terrorism & # 39; mentioned that came from the emergence of white supremacy, and Marianne Williamson defended her promise to give $ 500 billion to the descendants of slaves during the second democratic debate.
Williamson called the money & payment of a debt that is due. That is what reparations are. & # 39;
Marianne Williamson defended her promise to give $ 500 billion to the descendants of slaves
Beto O & # 39; Rourke promised to recall the President's racial statements
And she defended her qualifications to determine such an amount after CNN host Don Lemon questioned her competence.
& # 39; What makes me qualified to say $ 200 to 500 billion, I tell you what makes me qualified. If you do the math, 40 acres and a mule – given that there were 45 million slaves at the end of the civil war, and they were all promised 40 acres and a mule for every family of four, if you do the math today it would be trillions of dollars, & she said.
She also warned about a & # 39; dark, psychic power & # 39; at work in the country.
& # 39; The racism, the intolerance and the whole conversation we are having here tonight, if you think that something of this walk will deal with this dark psychic power of the collective eyes that this president hates in this country, and I am afraid that the Democrats will experience some very dark days, & she predicted.
Repairs – an issue that has gained prominence in the Democratic primary – also came up during that part of the debate.
Beto O & Rourke pointed to his support for the legislation of representative Shelia Jackson Lee to form a commission to study reparations.
But Williamson shot his suggestion.
& # 39; We don't need another committee to look at evidence, I appreciate what Congressman O & # 39; Rourke said. It is time we realized that this country will not heal, & she said.
& # 39; There is a deep truth that tells what needs to be done. When it comes to the economic gap between blacks and whites in America, this is due to a major injustice that had never been addressed, & she added.
Cory Booker is the sponsor of the senate version of the Jackson Lee bill. Neither he nor the other African-American candidate in the 2020 presidential race, Kamala Harris, were on the podium on Tuesday evening. The two will be in Wednesday's debate.
Other Democrats directed their anger at President Trump.
President Donald Trump has come under fire for his remarks about minority members of Congress
Elizabeth Warren referred to & # 39; domestic terrorism & # 39; when she was asked about the rise of white supremacy
He was fired at for comments he made about four Democratic minority legislators known as the & # 39; team & # 39; and about the prominent African-American congressman Elijah Cummings and his hometown Baltimore.
O & # 39; Rourke appealed to both President Trump for his critical statements about minorities and to the history of slavery in the country.
& # 39; I want to acknowledge something that we all touch is that the basis of this country, the wealth that we have billed, the way in which it became the largest country in the world, lay on the back of those who were kidnapped and here with were brought to violence. The legacy of slavery, of segregation and Jim Crow is alive and well and every aspect of the economy, he said.
The former congressman from Texas also criticized the president for saying that the legislators on the & # 39; team & # 39; – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar – & # 39; must go back to where they came from & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We will declare racism for what it is, and also talk about its consequences, & # 39; said O & # 39; Rourke. & # 39; It not only offends our sensitivities to hear him say, to send her back, about a member of Congress because she is a colored woman, because she is a Muslim American. It does not offend our sensitivities top Mexican immigrant rapists and criminals or try to ban all Muslims from a coast of company consisting of people from all over the world. It is also changing this country. Hate crimes have increased every time in the last three years. & # 39;
Experts claim that white supremacy is on the rise in the country.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, earlier this year, reported a dramatic increase in the number of white nationalist groups in the United States, from 100 chapters in 2017 to 148 in 2018.
Amy Klobuchar jumped on the president's criticism of Baltimore and Cummings, who represents the city and leads one of the committees investigating the administration.
& # 39; I don't think anyone can justify what this president does. Little children literally woke up this weekend, turned on the TV and saw their president calling the city, the city of Baltimore, nothing more than a home for rats. And I can tell you, as your president, that will stop, & she said.
Trump defended his remarks about Cummings by saying that he is not a racist, but he came under fire after going after the congressman and said that Baltimore was a rodent-damaged mess.
A new poll on Tuesday showed that half of Americans believe that President Trump is a racist. Fifty-one percent said Trump is one, while 45 percent said he isn't, a Quinnipiac Poll found.
Elizabeth Warren referred to & # 39; domestic terrorism & # 39; when she was asked about the emergence of white supremacy after the shooting in Gilroy, California, killing three and injuring 12.
Amy Klobuchar jumped on the president's criticism of Baltimore
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg became personal when asked about the race
& # 39;We must call for what domestic terrorism is for. And it is a threat to the United States of America, & she said.
The Massachusetts senator then turned her attack on President Trump.
& # 39; We now live in a country where the President promotes environmental racism, economic racism, criminal justice, health care racism, the way we do it better is fighting back and showing something better, & # 39; she said.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg became personal when asked about the problem and told of his experience in healing his community after a black man was shot by a white police officer.
& # 39; As an urban mayor, serving a diverse community, the racial gap lives in me & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; I'm not saying it became mayor and racism ended on my watch, & # 39; he added. & # 39; In the wake of an involved police, our community is moving from pain to healing by ensuring that the community can participate in things such as reducing the use of force policies and ensuring that there are community forces dealing with police matters. & # 39;
The issue of racism will probably be raised again on Wednesday evening when ten other democratic participants enter the debate.
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