Watch: Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly Fumbles Over Speech About Equality

The Democrats are all about pushing how they support minorities. They make wild claims about how they better represent them. During The Indiana Senate Debate on Tuesday, Democrat Senator Donnelly made quite the political blunder.

“We want everybody to have a chance in Indiana, and in America. And my offices reflect that, both on the campaign side and on the Senate side. Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job. Our director of all constituent services, she’s African American. But she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine” — the implication being that despite their minority status, these folks still manage to do a good job.”

He went on to say that he has always worked hard to give opportunities to minorities.

“It isn’t their race or their religion, it’s the incredible person that they are. But at the same time, they have to have a chance. They have to have an opportunity. And that’s my responsibility, and I’ve done it in every office I’ve had, and I’ve done it every campaign I’ve had, because my campaigns and our Senate office should reflect the face of Indiana.”

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Donnelly received some expected scrutiny over his awkward statements.

Donald Trump Jr. called Donnelly’s remarks “thinly veiled racism.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Donnelly’s comments are “exactly the type of gaffe he couldn’t afford to make a week out from Election Day.”

Donnelly tried to defend himself.

I misspoke. I meant to say ‘and’ instead of ‘but.’ That would have communicated what I have tried to do my entire life: that I make a habit to seek out and promote people of color for both my campaign and official staff,” Donnelly said.”

Was that a Freudian slip on his part or did he fail to hear how bad that sounded? He clearly didn’t do a good job with that statement.

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