The media’s flawed formula for “electability” has pushed aside women and candidates of color.
Our party’s diversity is our strength, and it’s a shame that we’re headed for a December debate without a single person of color.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) December 4, 2019
Of Harris’s departure from the Democratic presidential primary contest, fellow candidate Castro tweets, “The media’s flawed formula for ‘electability’ has pushed aside women and candidates of color,” adding, “Our party’s diversity is our strength.” Castro’s tweet makes explicit the gendered and racialized roots of electability conversations and biases. Castro ended his bid for the presidency just over one month later on January 6, 2020.