Aimee Allison has one wish for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential pairing: “We cannot have an all-white ticket.”
Not when the Democratic Party’s most loyal voters are women of color, said Allison, an Oakland resident and founder of She the People. The group works to advance women of color in politics, and will host the first presidential forum focused on their issues April 24 in Houston.
To win in 2020, Democrats must turn out the same coalition of people of color, young voters and white progressives that helped elect Barack Obama twice, Allison said. And women of color, she said, “are the cornerstone.”
That’s why the 2020 pairing that would “generate the least amount of excitement would be a couple of white guys,” Allison said on The Chronicle’s “It’s All Political” podcast.
“That’s not to say there shouldn’t be a white man on the ticket,” Allison added. But she thinks the Democratic Party takes women of color for granted, and that it’s bad politics — considering that African American women backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016 by roughly 9 to 1. Read more.