Democrat Candidate Told By Party: You're 'Too Brown' to Win


The Democrats claim to stand for diversity and against prejudice, but it looks like the party might have a very different policy behind the scenes.

A Democratic candidate who is running for Congress this year is now saying that his own party was racially discriminatory towards him and told him that he had the wrong name and skin color to succeed.

While speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Tuesday, California attorney Omar Siddiqui revealed that liberals within the party said that he was “too brown” to win the Democrat primary.

Just as shockingly, Siddiqui said he was told his last name was a problem, and he should change it if he wanted a chance at winning.

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“You have government experience, you’ve worked with the FBI, but you know what? The name Omar Siddiqui will not work in Orange County. You need to change your name,” the attorney told Fox News, relaying what he was told by Democratic Party officials.

Indeed, Siddiqui’s qualifications on his campaign website are fairly impressive. He lists advisory work with the FBI, the CIA and the Fullerton Police Department among his accomplishments.

“You can imagine that was just unacceptable to me. I do not want to be judged on the color of my skin, but rather the content of my character,” he continued.

Instead of caving to that bizarre and frankly racist demand, Siddiqui pushed back.

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“Well, what I did was I told them point blank, I said I’m not going to change my name,” he declared.

“I’m not going to drop out of the race because I think somebody by the name of Omar Siddiqui is not going to have a chance in Orange County. And I moved forward, and we ran an excellent campaign, a clean campaign, and we did very well,” he continued.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the location where Siddiqui is running — Orange County — is 44 percent Caucasian and 33 percent Hispanic.

“I’m very excited about the results that are going to come out tonight,” the attorney said, anticipating Tuesday night’s primary election results.

As those results came in, however, it became clear that Siddiqui would not advance to the general election. He came in third among the Democrats.

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Hans Keirstad and Harley Rouda received approximately 18,000 votes each, while Siddiqui received approximately 5,000 votes. There are still a large number of mail-in ballots being counted. The winner will face incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November.

Whether Siddiqui’s name or skin color truly impacted his race is open for debate, but it is clear that the Democratic Party’s words do not always match its actions.

We’ve seen similar things from the left’s response to Candace Owens and other minorities who dare to question the status quo. In far too many cases, liberals seemed obsessed with placing people into demographic boxes and playing identity politics instead of seeing each person as an individual.

Maybe Siddiqui and others with the same experiences should reconsider their allegiance to a party that doesn’t seem to want them.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.