In the new edition of Everything is Racist, the Washington Post’s Eugene Scott made the case on Tuesday that by slapping back at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s interview in which she said President Trump was a racist, the White House accidentally proved her point. How? Best to hear it from the horse’s…um, mouth.
From the article:
In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on CBS on Sunday night, Anderson Cooper asked freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Do you believe President Trump is a racist?” The New York congresswoman didn’t even pause before responding: “Yeah. Yeah. No question.”
The Trump administration hit back almost immediately by dismissing the 29-year-old’s intelligence. A White House statement said that Ocasio-Cortez’s “sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform,” adding that the president has also “repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
It’s a telling response, one that displays the White House’s lack of awareness about why nearly 6 in 10 Americans agree with Ocasio-Cortez’s opinion that the president is a racist, according to a February 2018 Associated Press poll.
For starters, the fact that the Trump White House — an administration known for its lack of diversity — accused a young Latina woman of “ignorance” on the matter of racism didn’t go unnoticed.
Scott writes “for starters,” but that’s pretty much the end of the argument. Furthermore, the White House’s response was not necessarily saying that Ocasio-Cortez is ignorant about racism in general but rather about the racist nature of Donald Trump. It goes without saying these days, of course, that she is indeed ignorant about a great many things.
But this idea that you cannot say anything about a “person of color” without being deemed a racist is nothing new. It’s why Trump was a racist for criticizing Barack Obama, for criticizing Maxine Waters, and for criticizing that idiot in Florida who wears the silly cowboy hats, whatever her name is. Trump spends a fairly decent percentage of his presidency attacking his critics equally and thoroughly. It only becomes “racist” somehow when the targets are black or Hispanic or Muslim or some other form of minority Democrat.
On the other hand, this kind of politically correct nonsense is largely responsible for giving rise to Donald Trump in the first place, so if you want a silver lining, there it is.