Journalist Zaid Jilani weighed in Monday on Kansas state House candidate Aaron Coleman, 19, withdrawing as the Democratic nominee.
Jilani told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that Coleman likely felt like he was “being defined only” by his admission to sending revenge porn and cyberbullying girls while he was in middle school instead of his policies.
“In the national narrative, this was the first thing people learned about Aaron Coleman was his behavior in middle school,” he said, adding this is part of the “reckoning” for children and preteens having personal devices that record their lives.
Jilani said that national news stories did not focus on issues such as Coleman being “pro-choice” compared to the incumbent state Rep Stan Frownfelter (D) being “primarily pro-life.”
“Technology has changed the way we understand and know people now,” he said. “So I doubt we know the worst thing that like Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE or Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech Biden's safe-space CNN town hall attracts small audience, as poll numbers plummet MORE or Donald TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE or Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence to deliver address on 'educational freedom' in Virginia Obama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat MORE have done in their personal lives.”
Coleman announced on Sunday over Twitter he was dropping out of the race.