Democratic Rep scorched for claiming Black voters leaning Trump don’t understand ‘how any of this works’
After a report implied many voters of color in swing states are souring on President Biden, Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, sparked outrage for implying they are only doing so because they are uninformed and blinded by their feelings.
CNN’s “State of the Union” host Dana Bash spoke to a panel on her show about a recent report from The New York Times, “Trump Leads in 5 Critical States as Voters Blast Biden, Times/Siena Poll Finds.” The report included polling that claimed, “Black voters — long a bulwark for Democrats and for Mr. Biden — are now registering 22 percent support in these states for Mr. Trump, a level unseen in presidential politics for a Republican in modern times.”
Bash addressed Crockett and read an excerpt from the report, “In a remarkable sign of a gradual racial realignment between the two parties, the more diverse the swing state, the farther Mr. Biden was behind, and he led only in the Whitest of the six.”
“It’s really scary for me,” Crockett replied, before going on to explain why she thinks this shift appears to be happening.
“Here’s the deal, perception is reality, and so when you look at the data that was provided in this poll, it talks about how people feel… it is all about how you feel in that moment,” she said. “While the facts may not align with their feelings, their feelings are dictating their reality and their reality is that they feel better or they felt better when Trump was in office.”
Crockett added that Democrats have been “trying to push back” against this, even as “some very popular African American artists out here saying things like ‘Oh I got checks when Trump was in office. I want those checks again,’ not understanding that really came from Congress.”
“So we have got a couple of things, the perception issue and then we also have an issue as it relates to civics in this country and people not understanding exactly how any of this works,” she concluded.
As footage of Crockett’s statement shot across the internet, commentators condemned her rhetoric on social media.
“’Voters are too stupid and they don’t understand their betters’ is probably not a great campaign message for Democrats,” The Federalist editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway wrote.
“The utter disdain these elitist lawmakers have for their own constituents is really mind-blowing,” commentator Joe Concha wrote.
“Where did she get such a sense of superiority?” journalist Miranda Devine wrote.
“Pre Obama the Democrat’s stock response to dropping numbers in a demographic was, ‘we’ll go and listen, and try hard to earn that support,’” columnist David Marcus wrote. “Today it is, ‘they are wrong, and somewhat ignorant, we’ll show them why we are smart and right.’”
“Imagine being this dismissive of your voters? Democrats seem to think the people who they need to elect them are all stupid and incapable of understanding what’s actually happening,” radio personality Mike Opelka wrote.
“Oh really,” Fox News host Lawrence Jones III wrote.
Many commentators, especially Black conservatives, scorched Crockett for appearing to underestimate Black voters’ ability to grasp politics.
“In other words, according to Democrat @RepJasmine Crockett, Blacks are too stupid to understand how much better they are under Biden,” conservative commentator and former 2024 presidential hopeful Larry Elder wrote. “Not too bigoted! If Trump said this, Democrats would be drawing up another article of impeachment.”
“Once again telling the Black community that we are not intelligent enough to see what’s going on and understand it,” former Republican congressional nominee Jeffrey A. Dove wrote.
“Democrats: Blacks are too emotional to think clearly. Smart pitch,” HotAir associate editor David Strom wrote sarcastically.
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