At the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, governor and Democratic 2020 candidate Jay Inslee shared what was his laughable reasoning that he makes a good candidate.
While being interviewed for “State of the Union,” host Jake Tapper pointed out that a recent CNN/Des Moines Register poll showed “only 38 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa” would be “satisfied with a straight white male nominee.”
Tapper followed up that with the question, “So why are you, as a straight white male, the right person to lead the Democratic party if there’s so much skepticism from Democrats in Iowa?”
Inslee’s reply was essentially that he was the most repentant about being a straight white man.
“I think I have evinced a humility about being a straight white male, that I’ve never experienced discrimination like so many do.” said Inslee. “I’ve never been pulled over as an African-American teenager by an officer driving through a white neighborhood. I’ve never been a woman who had been talked over in a meeting. So I’ve approached this with humility,” Inslee said.
Inslee also gave further examples that he was “advancing justice” and “making sure that we have as much diversity as possible” noting that he opposed the so-called “Muslim ban.”
Inslee also indicated that he wasn’t just restricting this kind of self-depreciating view to himself and that all of his staff participated in “implicit bias” training.