Describing it as open to participants of all political stripes, a Democrat student group at the University of California at Berkeley is promoting a live-tweeting event to coincide with Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate. In a Facebook invitation, Cal Berkeley Democrats called on activists to keep a close eye out for “racist tropes” being bandied about by the candidates.
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The partisan group is co-hosting the event as a way to “teach each other about race, politics, and rhetoric,” the social media post explains.
“And as a final note,” organizers wrote, “we encourage everyone to remember that the strategic use of racism to get votes is a practice engaged in by Democrats and Republicans alike.”
Members of a campus GOP group, however, were skeptical that this event would result in anything other than a partisan attack on Republicans. Berkeley College Republicans released a response to the planned Twitter coverage, noting that such a forum is no place for a “meaningful discussion” of the issue.
“If the organizers were truly attempting to do more than simply launch a partisan attack,” the statement continued, “they would host a seminar which analyzed campaign speeches and debate answers from candidates of all political beliefs.”
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