Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is defending the diversity of the Democratic Party following its first presidential debate, which featured four white men and a white woman.


The topic came up during an interview with Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos, who this summer confronted GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE about his comments regarding Hispanics. Ramos noted Tuesday night he did not “see a Latino or an African-American or an Asian" on the Democratic debate stage.

“We have Latinos and African-Americans — first of all, our president of the United States, who is a Democrat, is African-American,” Wasserman Schultz, a Florida representative, responded. “Certainly, we have an absolute, demonstrated commitment to diversity, because our party nominated the first African-American, and then Americans elected him not once, but twice.”

She said the Democratic presidential field is not representative of the overall diversity of the party.

“If you look at our party, up and down the ballot, from the way that we select delegates, to the way that we elect members of the Democratic National Committee, to the elected officials and the diversity that we have in this country, there is overwhelmingly more diversity up and down the ballot when it comes to Democrats,” Wasserman Schultz said.

“Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, women, the LGBT community. We are the party of diversity.”

The Florida lawmaker also panned Republicans as the “party of a monolithic view that is narrow-minded, that says, 'let’s take our country backwards.' ”

“And that’s why when it comes to the issues that are important to minority communities, they overwhelmingly support Democratic policies and will continue to,” she added.