MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace claims GOP members, such as Governors Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) — who believe discussions on sex, gender ideology, and racial equity don’t belong in third-grade classrooms or in math books– are employing wartime “dehumanizing” tactics similar to those that have led some Russian troops to “rape children.”
The Bulwark’s Tim Miller joined Wallace on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” to discuss the evils of allowing parents a say in what their children are taught in school.
“There’s one math book allowed left in Florida,” Miller said. “Dear Leader DeSantis has now determined there’s only one appropriate math book for the whole state. If you’re in Miami, you can’t pick a different math book because they didn’t like one line about something related to race or one word problem. There was one legislator in Miami who said we can’t have a math word problem that said that Johnny has two dads.”
“So think about it, if you’re my kid and you’re in that class and you now are being told that you can’t even write as an example in the workbook ‘my two dads’ because a legislature in Tallahassee say that you can’t,” Miller continued. “That is very, very radical and unpopular.”
According to Miller, Democrats need to stop allowing Republicans to “define the debate around protecting your kids from sexualization.”
“So the Democrats need to take a lesson from the senator there and go on offense and focus on all these unpopular elements of what they are doing and not let Republicans define the debate around protecting your kids from sexualization,” Miller said. “That’s a popular sentence. What they are doing is unpopular and it’s a fight that needs to be had.”
Wallace was in full agreement, citing DeSantis, Young, and Mitch McConnell as egregious examples of such rhetoric.
“Tim, you and I even fall into a tradition, our profession of focusing on what works, and I think we recently had conversation about Mitch McConnell and why he does what he does? Because it works,” Wallace stated. “It’s a political reality. And I worry that in covering Glenn Youngkin and his politics of ‘parental choice,’ all the focus is on how well it worked. And even in our conversations about DeSantis, it’s about how well they’re serving him.”
Wallace then took the argument a step further, equating GOP methods of fighting the current culture war in America to “dehumanization” campaigns, akin to those used by Moscow’s military.
“The truth is, dehumanization as a tactic for politics is from war,” Wallace stated. “Dehumanization, it’s a tactic, speaking of right now, the Russians get their soldiers to rape children by dehumanizing them. Dehumanization, as a practice, is a tactic of war. It’s being deployed in our politics, and people like you and I sometimes lose the plot.”
On Twitter, reactions to the segment were less than kind, but the response below pretty much sums up the conservative response:
She’s a nutter. pic.twitter.com/OApVVE5BCa
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) April 20, 2022
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