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Division Between Democrats: Party Chairman Likens Nominee to KKK Leader

Division Between Democrats: Party Chairman Likens Nominee to KKK Leader

The New York Democratic Party is in shambles after Party Chairman Jay Jacobs compared the leading Democratic nominee for the Buffalo mayoral race, a black woman, to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. His statements have drawn much criticism from top Democrat leaders across the state. 

The statement has caused a crack in the typically unified Democrat party, with many party leaders taking to Twitter to express dismay about the comments. 

Despite the negative reactions of those who normally support him as well as members of his own party, Jacobs continued to make excuses for the statement. 

“This is what’s wrong with public discourse today — people want to find something to be unhappy about, so they twist statements, or ignore statements, to make their argument,” Jacobs said. “That doesn’t make them true. Read the full comments.”

The Democratic nominee, India Walton, beat out the incumbent mayor for the city of Buffalo, Byron Brown, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party. 

In an interview, Jacobs was asked what precedent it sets if top Democrats do not endorse the candidate who wins the Democratic primary. Responding, Jacobs posed a theoretical question asking if nominees should always receive the Democrat endorsement. 

“And that’s a question I would answer no – it’s not. Let’s take a scenario, very different, where David Duke…the Grand Wizard of the KKK, he moves to New York, he becomes a Democrat, he runs for mayor in the city of Rochester, which is a low primary turnout and he wins the Democratic line. I have to endorse David Duke?”

He continues to bolster his hypothetical scenario of Democrat endorsement by saying, “It’s not a must. It’s something you choose to do. That’s why it’s an endorsement. Otherwise they call it something else, like a requirement.”

Sochie Nnaemeka, director of New York Working Families Party said, there is no excuse for racist and appalling rhetoric. Democrats are looking to liberal congressional pillars like Senator Chuck Schumer to echo the outrage sparked by Jacobs. 

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