Tag: 2020 presidential race

Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Dems Descend on Detroit for Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr DETROIT—Here in the Motor City, locals are looking for Democratic candidates to prove one thing: Can you beat Donald Trump? This is not a question germane to Detroit—indeed, Trump is wildly unpopular with black people nationally—but what makes this city particularly vital is that it is the biggest black city in […]

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Bernie Blows It, Beto Shows It, and Biden Finally Grows a Bit: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 4

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) This week’s power rankings had a one-week gap because we had a lot of events we wanted to cover to make sure candidates were staying on their toes. We know you missed us. (So did the 2020 Democratic campaigns, who kept asking when the new rankings were coming out. […]

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‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks during the Spotify House Of Are & Be Podcast Session Presenting “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered Live With Senator Kamala Harris” on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans.Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images for Spotify) “Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and […]

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If Elected, Kamala Harris Intends to Close the National Rape Kit Backlog in Her 1st Term

Kamala Harris speaks on stage at 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for ESSENCE) We’re just short of a year away from officially naming a Democratic nominee to face off against Donald Trump in 2020, but the candidates have […]

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The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) This week’s Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings is full of surprises. We have a new No. 1 after several candidates forgot that black people still matter, and a special guest power-ranking judge. This week, me (Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor at The Root) and Marcus Ferrell, former African American […]

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Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome back to The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, where our select committee of activists, consultants, politicians, and analysts decide where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to black people. This week’s rankings are curated by Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor of The Root (yours truly) […]

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Cory Booker Tells Don Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have Shit to Prove’ About Being Black

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker would like to remind you that he, on occasion, cusses. Saturday marked such an occasion. In fact—he even put it in writing. The New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful hopped on Twitter to defend fellow senator (and fellow Democratic presidential candidate) Kamala Harris, who has been weathering […]

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Biden Defends Record on Race Before a Black Audience at Rainbow-PUSH Convention

Former Vice President Joe Biden sits with the Rev. Jesse Jackson at Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition annual convention in Chicago, June 28, 2019, one day after Biden took a big hit on racial issues during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debates.Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) A day after getting spanked on the issue […]

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A Wild Night on MSNBC: Why the Latest Presidential Debate Has Donald Trump Shook—and 4 More Observations

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Thursday’s debate was Donald Trump’s biggest nightmare: A loud, creative, diverse and television-ready slugfest that lasted for two hours, went off the rails a few times and left the audience wanting more. While policy matters, Donald Trump knows that his biggest weapon against any Democratic challenger is making enough of […]

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Kamala Harris Goes for Joe Biden’s Jugular on Issue of Race During 2nd Night of Democratic Debates

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Joe Biden flank Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debate June 27, 2019, in Miami.Photo: Wilfredo Lee (Associated Press) U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) came for Vice President Joe Biden’s neck Thursday night over his lack of support for federally […]

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Let’s Play Democratic Debate B-I-N-G-O Tonight! (No, We’re Serious)

B-I-N-G-O!Image: iStock Nobody won Wednesday night’s first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, but a couple of people lost. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) looked confused for half the night and somehow managed to make Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) look like a foreign policy expert. Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), despite having more executive experience than anybody on the […]

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In First Debate, Democrats Say They’re All for Change, but Argue Over How Far to Go and at What Cost

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former housing secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate, June 26, 2019, in Miami.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) In the Democrats’ first presidential […]

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Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome to The Root’s Black Power Rankings, where we assess the eleventy-billion Democrats currently running for the chance to face off against Donald Trump for the presidency. Every single candidate running right now knows they need to win black voters to have a chance at the Democratic nomination. Yet […]

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Does Kamala Harris Have a Working-Class Black Man Problem? It’s Complicated

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) It didn’t seem to be that controversial of a statement given the data. Since the Donald Trump presidency; the Georgia governor’s race; the St. Louis mayoral race and others, a certain number of black men have been sneaking back into the Sunken Place voting booth. Whether it’s partisanship, misogyny, or […]

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Cory Booker Secures 12 Co-Sponsors for Reparations Bill

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has secured 12 co-sponsors for his reparations bill, according to an announcement the senator’s office released exclusively to The Root. The bill, officially titled, “HR 40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” would establish a commission to study the […]

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New Survey Says: Politicians Don’t Care About Black People

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Tired of politicians talking at, about, but never to, black people, a bevy of organizations joined to conduct the largest survey of black people in the United States since Reconstruction, entitled More Black than Blue: Politics + Power in the 2019 Black Census. The Black Census will be the first […]

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