Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Homophobia, racism and bigotry
In 2019 a DCCC official leading a new multimillion-dollar outreach to connect with “people of color and younger Americans” for the 2020 election cycle had thousands of homophobic and racially insensitive postings on Twitter. The DCCC official leading a new multimillion-dollar outreach to connect with “people of color and younger Americans” had thousands of homophobic and racially insensitive postings on Twitter.
The first person to lose their job after anti-gay social media posts sent was its executive director, a white female gay combat veteran, however the staffer, an African American, who sent the anti-gay tweets remained employed. Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vicente Gonzalez (D., Texas) and Filemon Vela (D., Texas) demanded a "person of color" be made executive director. The two made the demand after learning that Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.) had lied to them about removing the staffer who sent the anti-gay tweets from a top Minority Outreach post.
The new executive director of the DCCC who replaced the white gay female combat veteran, a former executive at pro-abortion fundraising giant EMILY's List, tweeted in agreement that "we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore. The idea was initially raised by liberal think tank Third Way's senior vice president, Lanae Erickson, who asked, "Anyone else having the feeling that maybe we shouldn't let boys run for office anymore?" Reps. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.) and Scott Peters (D., Calif.) who supported the new executive directors hiring remained silent on the proposed ban of male candidates. The DCCC is charged with candidate recruitment and funding.
Monday Night Massacre
The DCCC did however force six of their top staff to resign because they were white. Gonzalez and Vela complained of a "lack of diversity," and the six senior executives were fired because of their skin color in what was dubbed the "Monday Night Massacre."
Conflict with the Squad
Justice Democrats, The political action committee that facilitated the rise of "the Squad" launched a set of Facebook ads fundraising off the diversity fiasco. Cenk Uygur of the The Young Turks also condemned the racism of the DCCC.