Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Mazie Hirono Discuss Voting Against All White Nominees

Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said earlier this week that they’d refuse to vote for any of President Joe Biden’s nominees who aren’t racial minorities after going public with their anger that the cabinet lacks Asian Americans. The Senators added that they would only vote for a white nominee if the nominee is LGBTQ.

White and straight is a no-go.

Duckworth and Hirono have backed off after a tense exchange between Duckworth and a top Biden aide earlier in the week. In response, the White House agreed to add a senior Asian American and Pacific Islander liaison. So the threat may have been less of a warning for now, but moving forward, the two senators will cite racism and cause chaos among the party if the Biden administration doesn’t follow their requests. If Democratic senators have pledged once to vote against all white candidates, they will do it again. And eventually, they will follow through with it.

In a 50-50 Senate, Duckworth and Hirono’s support is crucial. Any Democrat opposition puts executive branch and judicial picks in jeopardy.

Now, a lack of Asian American representation in the new administration is a valid argument, though opting to vote against all future white candidates, no matter what, is quite the reaction. By the way, the options are not simply white or Asian American, there are other races in consideration.

“This is not about pitting one diversity group against another. So I’m happy to vote for a Hispanic, a Black person, an LGBTQ person, an AAPI person. I’d just like to see more diversity representation,” Hirono said.

I’m not exactly sure how adding more Hispanic, black, and LGBTQ candidates help get more Asian Americans involved, but there you have it.

Duckworth’s mindset was similar, letting the Biden administration know that she is not messing around, that every candidate should be viewed by their race.

“I am a ‘no’ vote, on the floor, on all non-diversity nominees. … I will vote for racial minorities and LGBTQ but anybody else, I’m not voting for,” Duckworth said.

Got that? “Anybody else” is not getting her vote. Per Tammy Duckworth, race and sexual orientation could soon decide your political future.

President Joe Biden didn’t seem to agree, saying “we have a lot of Asian Americans that are in the cabinet and in sub-cabinet levels.”

For those placing bets on whether this threat will be revisited moving forward in every political conversation, here’s Hirono’s response when asked if she is satisfied with the White House’s response:


Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. i recall idiots all over America that voted for a black POTUS to finally put race to bed.

    all these years later that same douche canoe is stoking race behind the scenes with every member of the democrap party.

    all the chaos we are seeing is Obiden and Obama … finishing what he started in 2008.

    we make fun of dictators we defeated around the world and we now have a home grown fella that wants to run the world. what a small man Obama is.

  2. The worst drunken, stupid halfwit uneducated clowns who got elected back in the day would have been head and shoulders above these idiots. It’s not a serious country anymore and we are going to pay for that.

  3. Thank you senators, for clearly illustrating for everyone what actual prejudice and racism looks like. THAT was pure racism right in your face. Glad we have a media who gleefully nod along like bobble head dolls when someone makes such completely ignorant and dangerous statements. Those public figures who are first to accuse others of vices are typically the most experienced practitioners.

    And by the way…if you voted Democrat in this last election, what on earth were you thinking? THAT is what you support? You’d have done less damage to this country voting for your vacuum. Think harder.

  4. The Communist Democrats are the most racist people on the planet. The current PINO eulogized the Grand Kleagle Bobbie Byrd. Barry O said Bill and Hill were racist. Barry’s wingman Eric Holder was a blatant racist. The legacy continues. Racism is racism choose you skin color, the definition remains the same. America Matters.

  5. Where is the outrage from the Republicans? Why aren’t they taking these stupid, racist fucks to task for saying what they did. You know Schumer, Pelosi and all the other Dems would be frothing at the mouth had a white Republican said anything close to it.

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