Biden, Trump Release Staff Diversity Data

Headline Roundup June 28th, 2020

Joe Biden's presidential campaign released its diversity data Saturday after facing pressure in a town hall discussion on issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. 35 percent of his full-time staff are people of color, and 53 percent are female. People of color reportedly make up 25 percent of President Donald Trump's senior reelection campaign staff, and women make up 56 percent.

Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum compared Biden's diversity numbers to the Trump campaign's numbers. Coverage from both the right and left focused on the specific percentage as well; some headlines from right-rated outlets included "only 35 percent," and some coverage from left-rated outlets highlighted calls for greater diversity in Biden's staff.

Biden, Trump Release Staff Diversity Data

From the Left
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Thirty-five percent of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign operation are people of color and just over half are women, according to figures released Saturday under public prodding, after months in which his campaign declined to make that information public.

At least 60 percent of the staff is white, a number in line with the percentage of the United States population identifying as such, according to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Five percent of the staff opted not to specify a race.

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From the Center
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has more people of color among its senior staff than President Trump's reelection effort, according to data regarding the diversity of their staffs.

Thirty-five percent of Biden’s full-time staff are people of color, the campaign told The Hill Sunday. Among senior staff, 36 percent are people of color, according to the campaign.

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From the Right
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Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has released his staff’s diversity statistics, revealing his team is not as diverse as he has claimed. The candidate released these numbers Saturday immediately after a town hall, during which officials called for him to back his diversity claims within his staff.

The former vice president has received mounting pressure to release these figures, but has refused to make this information public for months.

However, he has long boasted his team’s representation.

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