Debbie Wasserman Schultz is feeling the heat after a cringe-worthy interview with the New York Times published Wednesday.
The Q&A article titled “Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks young women are complacent” was quick to point out Wasserman Schultz’s criticism of the “generational” divide when it comes to supporting Hillary Clinton.
“Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided,” Wasserman Schultz said.
Calling a sizable portion of a generation filled with rabid, so-called feminists “complacent” didn’t sit well with group leaders that support the Democrat party.
“The young people not only turn out, they turn out bigger, and they vote consistently overwhelmingly for reproductive choice,” Eleanor Smeal, founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation told Politico.
Kierra Johnson, executive director of URGE, a group that focuses on encouraging young people to advocate for “reproductive and gender equity” didn’t appreciate Wasserman Schultz’s sentiment either.
“I don’t think the intention is to blame young people, but I do think … the rhetoric, unfortunately, feeds this issue that young people don’t care,” she said.
But Wasserman Schultz didn’t end there. Later in the NYT interview, the Democratic National Committee chair managed to further irk her base by remaining steadfastly against the legalization of marijuana.
In one interview DWS apparently annoyed legal pot activists, criminal justice reformers and young pro-choice women. https://t.co/Qj0Wm1N5Gs
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 7, 2016
Wasserman Schultz tried to tie in her upbringing – in suburbia – to make her case:
“It’s perfectly O.K. to not be completely predictable. I am a person, and I have individual opinions that may not line up ideologically. They’re formed by my personal experience both as a mom and as someone who grew up really bothered by the drug culture that surrounded my childhood — not mine personally. I grew up in suburbia.”
That statement sent liberals over the edge. Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of the liberal publication Jezebel was quick to pounce:
This is the more troubling statement of the bunch, and not just because it’s vague. Wasserman Schultz grew up in some of the tonier parts of Long Island—suburbia, indeed—during the late 1970s and early 1980s, so we can at least surmise that some of the drug culture that “surrounded” her childhood was the one happening miles and worlds away in New York City proper, during another era of rampant heroin addiction. No, the main issue here is that whatever informs her views, her hardline stance on marijuana directly contributes to the marginalization of people who maybe don’t have the same economic privilege.
Not to mention Wasserman Schultz’s “white privilege” which you know is coming.
In the meantime:
@sahilkapur More than annoyed. We just called for her to resign https://t.co/rX4xSQpJTy
— Josh Nelson (@josh_nelson) January 7, 2016
@sahilkapur She is one big slop bucket of FAIL. @Robyn780
— Lex Alexander (@LexAlexander) January 7, 2016
@sahilkapur Yeah, she’s astonishingly terrible.
— Ryan Carroll (@RyanTCarroll) January 7, 2016
@sahilkapur Not exactly a progressive.
— Bruce Dickerson (@badick54) January 7, 2016
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