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Media activist outlet MSNBC is not happy with you, dear reader. In fact, it seems employees of the network are deeply offended that people like you are criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris. During Saturday’s “The Week with Joshua Johnson,” media activist Zerlina Maxwell and her guest, Anushay Hossain, engaged in a rather absurd conversation on those who dare to utter an unkind word about Harris.
And what, pray tell, was their assessment of those who give anything less than glowing praise for the vice president? You guessed it: They’re all racist and sexist!
As you already know, Harris has been criticized by people on both sides of the aisle for her increasingly evident incompetence when it comes to issues like the border crisis and others. Maxwell complained that there was supposedly no way for the vice president to win due to her gender. Hossain agreed: “But because she is a woman and a woman of color, the level of scrutiny that she is getting from both the left and the right is really off the charts.”
During the segment, Maxwell and Hossain attempted to convince their audience that white male politicians never get criticized as harshly as Harris. Hossain even stated that black women are “written off as hysterical.”
Hossain compared the treatment of former President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, to how Harris is being maligned for her milquetoast response to the border crisis.
“And, you know, it’s interesting that you mention the part about white men, Zerlina because we always give them the benefit of the doubt. No one criticized Jared Kushner once for not delivering peace to the Middle East. But people really do expect Kamala Harris, our vice president, to solve the border issue overnight,” she said.
Of course, Hossain was forgetting the ongoing onslaught of criticism that Kushner received from the left about any and everything he ever did. Or perhaps she just figured the audience wouldn’t remember?
Hossain also appeared to cover for Harris’ ineptitude in relation to her trips to Guatemala and Mexico last week, blaming it on those tasked with preparing her with effective messaging.
“She’s — the reason she’s in such a tricky position is because the Republicans are very good on this issue. Not good on this issue with solutions and policy, but with their messaging and with their false information. And basically lies. They have framed this issue. So they have their talking points already ready to go,” she said.
She added: “To be quite blunt with you Zerlina, it is shocking that the Vice President wasn’t briefed better, wasn’t prepared better with her language — with her language on her wording on such a complicated issue because for the Republicans going to the border is a photo opportunity”
Maxwell chimed in, arguing that “women and men aren’t assessed through the same lens, and that’s one thing we have to keep in mind whenever we’re talking about the Vice President.”
Hossain concurred: “And as you and I know Zerlina, and especially as you know as a black woman, women of color, we’re not allowed to get emotional or be angry. We will be dismissed and written off as hysterical so fast, faster than you say border.”
There you have it, folks. The problem is not that Vice President Kamala Harris is clearly bad at her job. The problem is that people like you are racist and sexist. Your raging bigotry is blinding you to how wonderfully effective Harris is. Your seething hatred for women of color prevents you from seeing how effectively she has dealt with the border crisis.
Perhaps if we take time to study the works of grifters educators like Robin DiAngelo, we could finally see that the thousands upon thousands of unaccompanied minors coming to the border every month is not the Biden administration’s fault. We might understand that rescinding Trump’s border policies was the best thing that could happen and celebrate the return of “Catch and Release.” If you are still thinking that Harris is failing at her job, you might want to check your privilege.