CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson on Thursday called out Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and said he would have to “grapple” with the way white privilege has paved the way for his White House bid.
While discussing O’Rourke’s newly announced presidential campaign, Henderson looked back on an earlier essay she wrote where she discussed the ways that O’Rourke “benefited from white privilege.”
In particular, she wrote that she couldn’t imagine a woman or a candidate of color embarking on a soul-searching odyssey the way that O’Rourke did after he lost his Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) last fall and still get taken seriously as a presidential hopeful.
“He only felt emboldened and free enough to do that is because he was white and because he was male and because his wife could, in fact, stay at home and look after the kids,” she said. “There couldn’t be a female candidate or an African-American candidate who could do that kind of exercise and get so much praise for it.”
Henderson went on to say that O’Rourke really needs to answer why voters should pick him other than the fact that he’s an inspiring and charismatic speaker.
“How is it that someone who did raise $80 million but then lost against Ted Cruz, how is it that, all of a sudden, he thinks he’s qualified?” she asked.
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CNN went to the heartland — and found voters who love AOC and The Squad: ‘The best thing ever’
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Jones also asked the panel about the schism in the Democratic Party between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the members known as The Squad, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"You have Democrats fighting each other in the primary. Democrats fighting each other in the House. What do you think about the AOC versus Pelosi dynamic?" Jones asked. "How do you read that? How do you read that?"
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe has the perfect answer for Trump’s claim America can’t be criticized
As President Donald Trump continued his racist targeting of four women of color in Congress, he attempted to excuse his racism by claiming it was justified as the lawmakers had criticized America.
“I can tell you this, you can’t talk that way about our country. Not when I am the president,” Trump threatened.
Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe was asked about her take on patriotism during an interview with CNN's Van Jones that aired Saturday evening.
"I think I’m super patriotic. I do consider myself extremely patriotic," Rapinoe said.
"I think, like, we love in America to talk about, you know, how good we are, and how like we want to save the world, and always intervening in places because they’re not doing it right. Meanwhile, at home, we’re not even doing that oftentimes for our own people," she explained.
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CNN anchor S.E. Cupp on Saturday blasted the Republican Party for enabling President Donald Trump's racism.
"Welcome to 'Unfiltered,' in what might be the ugliest week of his presidency so far, Donald Trump went from dipping a toe in the pool of white nationalism to bathing in it," Cupp declared.
First, there was the racist tweetstorm he told four women of color, elected representatives no less -- to go back to their own countries. Then his followers took his cues and responded, chanting “Send her back” about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a rally in North Carolina," she reported.