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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was forced to gently “challenge” MSNBC host Joy Reid, a Democrat Party ally, after she made the stunning decision to display her notorious bigotry during an interview with him late Thursday.
About halfway through the interview, Reid asked Buttigieg whether it’d been a mistake for congressional Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal separately from the since-failed “Build Back Better” act.
But in asking the question, she couldn’t resist spewing the unrepentant anti-white racism that she and her colleagues are infamous for.
“Do you think it was a mistake, looking back? Because the infrastructure bill that was passed was cleaved apart from what’s now being called ‘Build Back Better.’ And in a sense, it’s a bill that’s like a white guy employment act, right?” she said.
“There’s going to be a lot of working-class men that are going to get employed by that bill. But that’s the very cohort that is much more likely to reward Republicans for that. That’s who they vote for. Most working-class white guys vote Republican.”
Even some left-wing Twitter users found this rhetoric “divisive”: (** Language warning)
Why does Reid have to be so divisive. Biden isn’t excluding or favoring anyone. According to Joy, we’d be better off not passing anything. Reality, two asshole Dems won’t play the game. But Sinema is seeing her donations go to zero & Manchin’s constituents are focused on him. pic.twitter.com/sO9Q49qMBe
— CME (@Monie00Soul) January 21, 2022
Reid appears to believe that, one, only “white guys” work infrastructure jobs, and two, creating jobs for “white guys” is a big no-no and the focus should be solely on creating jobs and making life easier for everybody else.
And indeed, continuing her remarks, she suggested priority needs to be given to “women,” “moms,” “people who need childcare,” “people of color,” “young people,” etc.
Offered a chance to respond, Buttigieg immediately pushed back — albeit very gently.
“No, and I want to challenge the idea that this is a bill that only benefits one part of the population. I get where you’re coming from and what you’re saying, but look, you look at something like the investment in transit, you know, it’s Americans of color, commuters of color who are most likely to depend on that,” he said.
Did he mean that he understands her blatant racism against “white guys”?
“You look at the jobs we’re going to create, and yeah, they have been traditionally white and male, but it doesn’t have to stay that way,” he added.
Apparently, he did mean that he understands her blatant racism against “white guys.”
“We were working with a lot of focus at the direction of the president to make sure that everything from the contracting opportunities for small business to the labor opportunities for workers — fixing the bridges, installing the electric vehicle charging stations — are more likely to be workers of color, are more likely to be women,” he added.
Why not focus on the jobs being offered to those with the best qualifications?
Truck drivers. We need driving jobs, which are colorless, and genderless, or have you not noticed.
You are truly racist, because you view life through that lense, race.
— Sean Fleeman (@HappyBi04909782) January 21, 2022
In fairness to Buttigieg, he did eventually push back on her racism a second time — albeit once again only gently.
“I think we shouldn’t assume that it’s only something that means something to one part of the population. The child care means an awful lot to me; I’m a guy,” he said.
A “white guy,” to be exact, albeit a gay one.
“But it’s going to mean a lot to me as a parent, which is why we continue to be committed to lowering the cost of child care, lowering the cost of insulin, lowering the cost of electric vehicles. … We continue to believe in all of that,” he concluded.
The push-back against Reid has been far fiercer on Twitter.
Bureau of Labor Statistics says 30 percent of people employed in construction are Hispanic or Latino https://t.co/r1mCoQmCk0
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) January 21, 2022
Maybe Latinos are now “white” like Asians are? 🤷🏼♂️
— SJSUfreightdog (@SJSUfreightdog) January 21, 2022
Ever been west were almost all construction sites speak Spanish?
— Criticize Critical Theory (@noclockdude) January 21, 2022
To be like Joy Reid the only diversity that matters is black people. It’s amazing how fast past rainbow coalition style activism has been completely replaced with just black activism. It’s destroying democrats by alienating other minority groups like Latinos.
— www.Vaccines.gov Easy appointment booster (@JeremyM72014840) January 21, 2022
Somebody needs to watch them some @mikeroweworks Dirty Jobs.
— Hazelnut (@Hazelnut183) January 21, 2022
Joy Reid is an awful person. That simple.
— AmericaIsNotASeriousCountry (@RadioDystopia) January 21, 2022
She’s incredibly out of touch with reality
— Veronika Simms (@VeronikaSimms) January 21, 2022
I mean she’s literally saying that only white guys are working class. She’s saying people of color don’t work, which is just BS
— Veronika Simms (@VeronikaSimms) January 21, 2022
It’s not clear why a Biden administration official would even sit for an interview with someone so openly bigoted.
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