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Peggy Noonan accused of attacking black joy for accurate portrayal of ‘frivolous’ Kamala Harris

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Although, one tweet in particular may sum up a more deep-seated reason behind the attacks:

As for the reaction, hold on to your hat because here’s sampling of responses from Twitter:

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