The campaign website for Rep. Dean Phillips, the Minnesota Democrat mounting a long-shot primary challenge to President Joe Biden, has a policy platform that signals liberal bona fides tempered by a Midwestern businessperson's practicality. It includes headers like "Climate Action," "Women's Health and Economic Security" and "Immigration Reform."
Sometime Tuesday, one header was changed. Gone was "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." In its place: "Equity and Restorative Justice."
The text beneath the header - including acknowledgments of racial disparities and vague promises to ensure equal opportunity - was untouched. But the tweak was nonetheless significant. Even more so was its timing: On Saturday, Phillips had received the endorsement of Bill Ackman, a billionaire investor who in recent months has become an outspoken critic of so-called DEI programs in higher education.