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Wall Street Journalist columnist Peggy Noonan was raked over the coals on social media Sunday when she touched the third rail of Democratic politics in post-Obama America — criticizing a woman of color.
The woman of color being Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice presidential running mate of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who Noonan accurately characterized as “giddy” and even “frivolous” while campaigning.
Noonan’s article started out as an analysis of Thursday’s debate, before diverting to Harris — the fact that she didn’t drink the very same Trump Derangement Syndrome Kool-Aid as the rest of the media didn’t help Noonan’s cause.
“For her part, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is, when on the trail, giddy,” Noonan wrote. “She’s dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with “Wassup, Florida!” She’s throwing her head back and laughing a loud laugh, especially when nobody said anything funny. She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous. When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Mary J. Blige’s “Work That,” it was embarrassing.”
I missed this earlier. Observe how Peggy Noonan refers to Kamala Harris dancing at her rallies – which makes her “insubstantial, frivolous,” while Trump, who has also been dancing at his rallies is…not. https://t.co/SAATtyFeRx pic.twitter.com/cR9R0ET8dk
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 25, 2020
That’s downright blasphemy for many Democrats, who rushed to call the columnist a racist for her analogy, as if a vice presidential candidate shaking her behind on stage is an act of dignity.
In the process, America learns of a thing called “black joy,” which depicts that actions by people of color are above reproach for no other reason than the color of their skin.
This is the joy that so triggered Peggy Noonan that she wrote a column about how Senator Harris comes off as “insubstantial, frivolous.”
Black joy is something they feel the need to attack. pic.twitter.com/orxMynAhAK
— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) October 25, 2020
Former CNN host Soledad O’Brien was quick to run the racist flag up the pole.
“View it through the lens of racism and her comments make sense. Also recall the President has simulated sex at his rallies, mocked journalist, made lots of stuff up… and also danced,” she tweeted.
O’Brien ripped Noonan because she dared to write in 2001 that she “admired” talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Oh right, kinda racist ole lady Peggy Noonan admired Rush Limbaugh. pic.twitter.com/moDWFL6XS9
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 25, 2020
The fact that Noonan declared Trump the winner of the debate — she wasn’t exactly overflowing with praise — may have had as much to do with the venomous response seen online.
“But he did himself some good. He wasn’t a belligerent nut,” the columnist wrote. “He held himself together, controlled himself, presented opening remarks that made sense. He won, not a dazzling win but a win that kept him in the game.”
It didn’t help either that she noted how “lively” Trump rallies are, while commenting on the… shall we say sparsity of supporters at Biden rallies. Clearly, Noonan does not buy the company line about Democrats being “more careful” because of COVID-19.
Peggy Noonan is writing her “See I called it” column in case Trump wins.
Her keen eye suggests the social distancing stuff from Biden and the Democrats is just a ruse & admires the “shoulder to shoulder” rallies.
Based on her years of experience. And possible day drinking. pic.twitter.com/HlSL7VzgyA
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@ASlavitt) October 26, 2020
Although, one tweet in particular may sum up a more deep-seated reason behind the attacks:
I will never forget her calling President Obama a “loser”….
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) October 26, 2020
As for the reaction, hold on to your hat because here’s sampling of responses from Twitter:
Peggy Noonan keeping it normal and not prejudiced pic.twitter.com/zXcyhw04QN
— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) October 25, 2020
The vibes I got from Norah O’Donnell during the #60MinutesInterview… This Peggy Noonan interview… There are white women in this country who’re especially threatened by the brilliance, beauty and je ne sais quoi of one Kamala Harris… their bigotry and weakness is transparent
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) October 26, 2020
No Peggy Noonan, what’s ‘embarrassing’ is Trump dancing on the graves of 225,000+ Americans who have died during the coronavirus pandemic during one of his trash super-spreader Make America Hate rallies. Keep Kamala Harris’s name out of your racist, decrepit, ugly mouth. pic.twitter.com/CqzoMZwQJ8
— Eve Vawter (@EveVawter) October 26, 2020
Weird how Peggy Noonan’s computer autocorrects “racism” to “magic”. pic.twitter.com/F3nw1dql9X
— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) October 26, 2020
Hi. I’m a white woman. As such, I’m surrounded by lots and lots of racist white women. I know their code talk they use to disguise their racism with a wink and a nudge to their racist friends. Peggy Noonan is a racist white woman.
— Vote Trump the f-ck out. Biden/Harris (@raising_hill) October 25, 2020
It’s funny how Peggy Noonan took Kamala dancing in the rain to mean she was unsubstantial, or frivolous…
Yet, Trump’s jerking and herking onstage at his rallies like a demon possessed marionette didn’t lower him in her estimation.
White Feminism is White Supremacy.
— 💜Bored Bougie Bianca💜 (@RealKHiveQueenB) October 26, 2020
I don’t know who needs to hear this but Peggy Noonan is a racist white woman who, like most racists, is offended at the sight of POC expressing any public emotion, but especially excitement or joy.
She was a Reagan handmaiden and has always been garbage.
— Salome Strangelove (@salstrange) October 25, 2020
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