President Trump’s impeachment, campaign fundraising strategies and the country’s growing minority population were among the topics discussed.
Last night’s sixth Democratic debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles became increasingly heated as several candidates attacked each other’s tactics on stage.
Every candidate on stage didn’t hesitate to denounce Trump and his policies. Many democratic hopefuls made it a point to state which of Trump’s policies they would overturn and denounce if they became president.
Pete Buttigieg took the most heat when he got into lengthy verbal disputes with both Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senator Amy Klobuchar. Sen. Warren decried obtaining campaign fundraising from only wealthy people, and went after Buttigieg for hosting a fundraiser in a Napa Valley “wine cave.” Warren made her point clear, saying, “Think about who comes to that.”
Buttigieg then attacked Sen. Warren for obtaining a high percentage of her campaign’s funds in the same way and said that it shouldn’t matter how campaign funds are received. Buttigieg also got into another back-and-forth verbal dispute with Sen. Klobuchar when she went after him for his lack of experience outside of South Bend.
Yang shined as he announced that the fact that he was the only person of color on stage was both “an honor and a disappointment.” He further promoted his Freedom Dividend to families for $1000 per month and also spoke about the importance of immigration. Yang stressed that as the son of immigrants, he recognizes that America is a country full of different people. He stated that winning the presidency would show the world that anyone of any race can become the president of the United States.
Twitter erupted when Joe Biden imitated a child with a stuttering issue when he was describing families he called to check in with on a weekly basis.
“They keep in touch with me. A little kid, he says ‘I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I can’t, I-I-I can’t talk, w-w-what do I do?'” Biden said in reference to the child.
Thousands of people took to Twitter, including former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee, to discuss the imitation.
Huckabee tweeted, “I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I hhhave absolutely no idea what Biden is talking about.”
After heavy backlash, Huckabee then tweeted, “To be clear was not trying to make fun of anyone with a speech impediment. Simply pointing out I can’t follow much of anything Biden is talking about.”
Biden shot back at her, “I’ve worked my whole life to overcome a stutter. And it’s my great honor to mentor kids who have experienced the same. It’s called empathy. Look it up.”
Huckabee ultimately apologized to Biden for her comments.
The next Democratic debate will take place Jan. 14, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines.