Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) ripped President Donald Trump in a speech delivered during a remote delegate breakfast Tuesday morning.
“He wasn’t capable on the first day and he’s not capable on the last day. In addition to being intellectually inadequate, he is morally bankrupt,” the congresswoman said, adding that Trump had helped only millionaires and billionaires during his first term in office.
Though the breakfast featured addresses from a number of other Democratic women — including Democratic State Vice Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and House candidates Amy Kennedy and Stephanie Schmid, among others — and though criticism of the president was more common than not, none launched as vicious an attack as did Watson Coleman.
“We can’t take any more of Trumpster. It’s done nothing for us. It’s not kept us safer. It has destroyed our dignity and respect on the national stage. It has ignored the needs of our people as it relates to access to healthcare, equality of opportunity,” she said. “It has given us a sense of futility and frustration that we have to overcome each and every day through prayer and through diligence and work.”
Tuesday’s breakfast, part of a series for an unconventional Democratic National Convention, coincided with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which made women’s suffrage the law of the land.
Some of New Jersey’s top Democratic women celebrated the occasion on Tuesday’s virtual breakfast, calling for even more women to run for office.
“New Jersey showed the world that women are not waiting to be asked to run. We’re not waiting to be asked to take a seat at the table. We are not running in spite of the fact that we are women. We are now running because we are women,” Sherrill said. “As Shirley Chisholm said, ‘if you don’t have a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,’ and that’s what we’re doing.”
Both of New Jersey’s Democratic House challengers, Schmid and Kennedy, are women running against incumbent Republican congressmen.
“We’re not maids, but we women of New Jersey stand ready to inspire our country and help our neighbors during this unprecedented time,” Sherrill said. “We saw this power in 2017 and 2018, and in my district, grassroots groups were formed by women ready to challenge the status quo and stand up for healthcare, for the environment and accountability in government.”
Still, the day’s events were tinged with a thin layer of worry over the fate of the U.S. Postal Service and the millions of mail-in ballots New Jerseyans will cast before election day.
With mail delayed in most parts of the country because of new policies enacted by Postmaster Louis DeJoy, a top Republican donor and Trump ally, voters and politicos are showing some concern that mail-in ballots could be stuck in transit past the Nov. 10 deadline.
“As soon as we can get our ballots, send them in,” Watson Coleman said. “Fill them out and send them in, and give our county clerks the opportunity to reach out to us if we’ve made a mistake on the ballot so that we can correct it.”
Still, with at least secure ballot drop boxes in each county and new guidance allowing voters to hand-deliver completed mail-in ballots to election officials on Nov. 3, voters aren’t without options.
But party officials still don’t want voters to drag their feet.
“As soon as they get their ballot, they should get it into a box or get it into the mail,” Schaffer said.