Saturday, January 11, 2020
FOLLOW-UP: KANSAS CITY NON-BINARY LATINX CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MAITE SALAZAR SLAMMED ON TWITTER FOR 'BILL COSBY' ACCUSATION!!!
Here's a bit of social media and social justice follow-up to a recent story that OUR BLOG COMMUNITY WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO BREAK YESTERDAY BEFORE THE TWEETFEST.
The TLDR: Candidate Salazar incorrectly claimed that Congressman Cleaver had a photo of Bill Cosby in his office based on a partially obscured screenshot of his office from a recent report.
Now, we talked about this yesterday morning but a Democratic Party activist and influencer BLEW IT UP and news spread across the nation regarding this serious mistake.
Yes, mistaking legendary jazz man Al Jarreau for Bill Cosby is cringe-y and embarrassing -- The association she made was even more serious and disparaging given that Cosby is now a convicted sex offender. Moreover, the error has cost candidate Salazar all of the warm, fuzzy, love she has been feeling from so-called progressives in the Democratic Party amid a barrage of insults and accusations of racism against the Latinx contender.
And so . . .
PROGRESSIVE TWEETERS HAVE BEEN DENOUNCING SALAZAR FOR TWO DAYS AND REFUSE TO ACCEPT HER APOLOGIZES!!!
Salazar's first regret fell flat . . .
"I would like to offer my deepest apology. I made a mistake by insinuating my opponent had a picture he did not have in his office. I overstepped, when I should have left it alone. When you're when you are running a campaign of this magnitude, mistakes are made."
After that, it got even worse and so here's another go from the utterly spanked candidate . . .
"This was an insensitive mistake. Again, I offer my apology. I will continue to fight for all the things are needed in the 5th district."
The pile on has been brutal and mostly focuses on alleged racism. Heck, I think somebody even called TKC "Hitler" for merely noting that it was good idea for her to apologize.
Just a quick sampling of the replies:
"This is the kind of crap we so often see from those who falsely claim the progressive mantle. Disqualifying."
"If you're capable of making mistakes of that magnitude, then you shouldn't be running."
"“insinuating?” It seems you may suffer from the racist belief that all Black people/men look alike. If not, then you certainly suffer from acting and speaking rashly and from “going low” in your campaigning. Any one of these raises serious questions about your fitness to serve."
Quick take . . .
As usual, the infighting among the Democratic Party is intense and what so many strident activists repeatedly berating the "non-binary" candidate (who is underfunded and doesn't really have a legitimate shot to defeat Congressman Cleaver) might forget is that they risk alienating LGBT voters they'll desperately need to defeat Prez Trump in 2020.
Admittedly, there are similar debates among the alt-right vs. Republicans but progressives just seem to take their political animosity over alleged racism far more personally.
All of the "virtue signaling" and social media posturing looks fun, gratifying for all of the nobodies, activists and bots who comprise Twitter and clearly is more important than any semblance of a policy debate that most voters are far too ill-informed to conduct.
Developing . . .