Identity politics will be the downfall of Democrats

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Sitting in my first-grade classroom back in early 2009, I watched as President Barack Obama was sworn into office. I did not understand the full significance of the moment, but I understood that a milestone in American history had been reached. Love him or hate him, Obama represents significant progress for the United States. But to the Democratic Party, his success solidified the new strategy for future candidates: run a minority who fits the party’s social agenda.

Since Obama’s election, Democrats have consistently backed candidates looking first at their race, gender, and sexual identity and second at their qualifications, resulting in our nation’s leaders now lacking the experience and expertise needed to run the country. The Democrats’ insistence on identity politics has hurt their standing within minority communities nationwide.

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