Lib ignorantly compares ‘whites only’ beach club with Mar-a-Lago, gets epic fact-check in real time


An attempt by the liberal co-host of a streaming show to do damage control for U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse failed after a poised and prepared conservative journalist dropped a truth bomb on him.

Reacting to the controversy about the Rhode Island Democrat’s membership in an all-white beach club on the “Rising” produced by The Hill news outlet, Democrat Colin Rogero (who was anchoring along with libertarian Robby Soave) smugly wondered “I’d loved to know the diversity quotient at Mar-a-Lago,” as he bashed Donald Trump Jr. for weighing in on the controversy via Twitter.

“I’m actually really glad that the Mar-a-Lago point was raised because in 1997, Donald Trump actually sued Palm Beach, alleging that the city was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago because it was one of the only clubs at the time in the area that allowed Jewish people and African-American people to become members,” the Spectator’s Washington Editor Amber Athey replied.

“I’m sorry, but that comparison does not hold up at all,” she added, in the mic-drop moment.


“Rising” was formerly anchored by the left-right duo Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, who recently left The Hill to do their own thing.

Earlier in the interview, Athey also pointed out, in citing just two of many possible examples, that Democrats represent a party “that likes to lecture the rest of us about race. It seems like they are actually projecting their own guilt for their behavior rather than actually thinking that everyone else is the problem.”

As far as the lack of diversity at the ultra-exclusive club, liberal Democrat Whitehouse who positions himself as a foe of systemic racism, told a local reporter this week that “I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet.”

In a vague and unconvincing coda, he said that “It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island, and there are many of them, and I think we just need to work our way through the issues.”

After he won his first term in the U.S. Senate, Whitehouse apparently promised to quit the club, where his wife has nonetheless become one of its majority shareholders.

The anti-Trump Whitehouse is perhaps best remembered for an embarrassingly bizarre line of questioning in the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Amber Athey is winning a lot of praise on Twitter for setting the record straight. Here is a sampling:


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