Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whom many likely forgot was even running for president, tried to stand out at Wednesday night’s CNN presidential debate by talking about “white privilege.”
The senator at one point tried to make the case for why she was the perfect candidate by saying that her race allows her to educate “white women in the suburbs” about white privilege.
Talking about the subject, Gillibrand said, “I don’t believe it’s the responsibility of Cory [Booker] and Kamala [Harris] to be the only voices that take on these issues of institutional racism, systemic racism in our country.”
She continued, “I think, as a white woman of privilege who is a U.S. senator running for president of the United States, it is also my responsibility to lift up those voices that aren’t being listened to.”
She then seemed to suggest that her race is actually beneficial to her.
“I can talk to those white women in the suburbs that voted for Trump and explain to them what white privilege actually is—that when their son is walking down the street with a bag of M&Ms in his pocket, wearing a hoodie, his whiteness is what protects him from not being shot,” she said.
Wow. You really have to give Gillibrand credit here. Even though the Democrat debates have thus far been shockingly pandering and extremist, that was by far the most pandering, nonsense response anyone has given thus far. It’s meaningless. White people only don’t get shot because they’re white? What is this person talking about?
Hearing Gillibrand talk about how she’s going to walk into suburban neighborhoods and explain to mothers that their sons are only not getting shot and killed because they are white does not seem like a winning strategy or the thought of a completely sane person who should be the head of the free world.
In another bizarre moment from the senator, she said she was going to “Clorox the Oval Office.”
Asked about how the Green New Deal — which she is a cosponsor of — is “realistic,” the senator responded, “So, the first that I’m going to do when I’m president is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office.”
When you’re running against gaffe-machines like Joe Biden and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, it is tough to look as foolish as Gillibrand did on Thursday night. Her responses were empty, pandering quotes clearly prepared in advance that were meant to appeal to only the most extreme in the Democrat Party.
Responses to Gillibrand on social media were not kind.
“Gillibrand promises to whitesplain whiteness to white people. I smell a new cabinet position in the next Dem Administration,” wrote journalist Jonah Goldberg in response to the “whiteness” comments from the senator.
Gillibrand promises to whitesplain whiteness to white people. I smell a new cabinet position in the next Dem Administration.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 1, 2019
“Full-on white guilt moment from Gillibrand. Embarrassing,” conservative commentator Tomi Lahren responded.
Full-on white guilt moment from Gillibrand. Embarrassing.
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) August 1, 2019
Another Twitter user commented, “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on White privilege: ‘whiteness keeps you from being shot. Whiteness keeps you from being attacked.’ White people should be ashamed for being white? How is this different from when we used to tell black people they should be ashamed for being black?”
Check out more reactions to Gillibrand below:
I'm sorry, but little miss #Gillibrand will NOT tell me squat about my "whiteness." It is not MY fault racial prejudice is happening. You think "white-privilege" is a thing? Okay. Go after the people who promote it. Don't just come up to me saying that I'm privileged for existing
— Fawning Girl (@FawningGirl) August 1, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand is very white woke on super woke whiteness. #DemDebate2
— Moustafa Bayoumi (@BayoumiMoustafa) August 1, 2019
Gillibrand is finished…now it's all about promoting her new book "How to Apologize for Whiteness"
— Another Texan (@brianfair68) August 1, 2019
Gillibrand I want to tell white women in the suburbs that when their son is walking down the street in a hoodie with M&Ms in his pocket, his whiteness is what's stopping him from being killed.
White woman with 0 talking points pulls race card. Bold strategy. #DemDebate
— Being Libertarian (@beinlibertarian) August 1, 2019
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