Well, you’ve got to give it to MSNBC guest Eddie Glaude; he gets points for originality. While most of the left-wing thinkosphere is busy finding new and inventive ways to blame President Donald Trump for the spread of the coronavirus, Glaude decided to reach way back to the 1980s and blame former President Ronald Reagan for setting the stage for the disease to ravage poor people in this country.
Appearing on the network with host Ali Velshi on Saturday, Glaude said that rampant poverty was to blame for turning New Orleans into the nation’s latest coronavirus hotspot.
“The fact is, this may be our one opportunity in 15 years to rethink poverty, and the fact that being poor isn’t your fault. You shouldn’t have to not get health care or not get treatment or not be able to isolate yourself because you don’t have insurance if you don’t have a job,” said host Velshi.
Glaude jumped on this unique (to say the least) take on the situation, complaining that America has been on the wrong side of the poverty debate since the 1980s.
“For 40 years we’ve also had an ideology, Ali, that has demonized poor people,” Glaude said. “When we go back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency, we know that poverty increased by 2.2 million Americans during his first year. We know he attacked welfare — we know he attacked food stamps — we know very clearly the rhetoric around poor people, that poor people are poor because they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Ronald Reagan. Poor people. Food stamps.
Reminder: This is supposed to be a conversation about COVID-19.
But as they say, let no crisis go to waste. Thus we have Velshi actively pushing for socialism as a response to the pandemic.
“Eddie, why is it so unusual for us? Because every other major developed country in the world does offer universal health care,” Velshi said. “In most of those countries, it is not tied to your employment. You lose your job — that is a remarkably traumatic experience — but, in America, if you lose your job, you worry about something entirely separate than you do in Canada and Great Britain and Switzerland and Germany and France and these other places. Why are we not able to think about the human first?”
Instead of saying something reasonable, like, “Gee, Ali, why don’t you just go campaign for Bernie Sanders if that’s how you feel,” Glaude was only too happy to answer the question. The answer, of course, being what the answer ALWAYS is for the modern left.
“You know, Ali, I think it has something to do with our racist past,” he said. “And not to just simply play the race card as some people might say — but there is this idea that the welfare state takes from deserving people, their hard-earned work, and gives it to undeserving people. That the critique of big government has been it has allowed those undeserving people to jump ahead of the line. So we’re still grappling with the fact that race has already determined the very ways which we think about democracy.”
Well, it was only a matter of time before the left turned this pandemic into another excuse to divide us into blacks and whites, the privileged and the oppressed. Frankly, we’re surprised it took them this long.