Democrat Running for Senate Haunted by Racism Scandals

Former congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell accused of committing violence through cultural appropriation

August 22, 2023

What happened: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a former Democratic congresswoman from Florida, announced she is challenging Sen. Rick Scott (R., Fla.) in the 2024 election.

• Top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), have been urging Mucarsel-Powell to enter the U.S. Senate race in Florida.

• Mucarsel-Powell is a long shot to win. At one time considered a swing state, Florida has become an increasingly hostile environment for Democrats in recent years. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) won reelection in 2022 by a margin of 16 percentage points.

Big picture: Forget the general election. Mucarsel-Powell might struggle to win the Democratic primary given her habit of "committing racist violence" through "cultural appropriation," in the parlance of the radical left.

• A Washington Free Beacon analysis determined that the former congresswoman has problematically appropriated both iterations of Indian culture—dots and feathers—by wearing costumes most liberals would describe as racist if a Republican wore them.

• As a member of Congress in 2019, Mucarsel-Powell appeared to enjoy her colleague Rep. Steve Cohen's (D., Tenn.) cheap stunt involving fried chicken, which two of American's most prominent black women denounced as "racially insensitive."

Why it matters: It's doesn't really. The Free Beacon defended Mucarsel-Powell's fetish for cultural appropriation because America is a free country. Nevertheless, the Democratic Party and its supporters are constantly whining about this crap, so maybe they will care? (They won't, because it's only bad when a Republican does it.)

Go deeper: For some reason, Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party really don't want black candidates winning primaries.