Democratic National Committee chair candidate Raymond Buckley reflected on Monday about a phone call that he received from his niece "sobbing" because Donald Trump won the election.
Buckley was discussing the "Black Lives Matter" movement at the DNC Chair Candidates Forum and criticized Republicans for avoiding any discussion on the controversial topic when he began reflecting on the 2016 election results and the impact that it had on his 20-year-old niece.
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Buckley said he and other Democrats were all grieving after the election and that he only got two hours of sleep before his niece, who is African American, called him at 6 a.m.
"At 6 o'clock in the morning, I was woken up. I saw that it was my niece, Taneisha, and what had not even processed in my mind when I was so upset about what the results were was how she, as a young African American 20-year old, how she processed what happened the night before and she was sobbing so hard that I couldn't understand at first what she was saying," Buckley said.
He asked his niece repeatedly what was wrong with her, and she responded that she needed him to get her out of the United States.
"She feared for her safety by what happened on Election Day. Now until all of America understands the fear that is out there, the justified fear, because of what we are seeing across the country to African-American lives, we are never going to be able to move this country forward," Buckley said.
Buckley said that he never wants to receive another phone call like that again and called it a "soul-crushing" experience.