Barack Obama Endorses Democrat Who Would be First Transgender State Senator If Elected
By Jeffery Martin
September 25, 2020
Former President Barack Obama endorsed a second slate of Democratic nominees on Friday, including Delaware Senate candidate Sarah McBride. If McBride wins the election in November, she would become the first openly transgender person in the U.S. to be elected state senator.
Obama's involvement in the 2020 presidential election increased after it became evident that his former vice president, Joe Biden, would be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. In April, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign leaving Biden as the last Democratic candidate standing. Obama officially endorsed Biden for the presidency in April. In August, Obama announced his first endorsements for U.S. down-ballot elections.
In a Friday tweet, McBride said she was "overwhelmed with pride" to receive Obama's endorsement.
"In 2008, I cast my first vote," McBride wrote. "It was for President @BarackObama. In 2012, I walked into the White House as the first trans woman to work there in any capacity. In 2020, I've been endorsed by the man I was proud to vote for and work for. I'm overwhelmed with pride."
In 2016 she was the first trans person to speak at any national convention.
It is fantastic that we are getting involved in politics and more importantly getting elected.
It is almost like Charles Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities.” But instead of “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” it is the age of hope, it is the age of despair.
With the courts being packed with anti-LGBTQ and anti-women judges and Cabinet heads stripping our protections we still have an electorate who are electing trans people to office. We still have people who stand up for us. As long as we have people like President Obama stand by us.
There is hope.