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.
I appeared on @thehill's Rising this morning to talk about Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's membership in a whites-only club.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) June 22, 2021
“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.”
It’s been 24 hours, (who are we kidding it’s been years…) has Sheldon Whitehouse resigned from his “Whites Only” club yet? If not, why not? Has anyone in the media even asked the question? If he was a Republican I’m sure they’d all have something to say! #SheldonWhiteClub
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 22, 2021
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.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 22, 2021
Amber Athey is winning a lot of praise on Twitter for setting the record straight. Here is a sampling:
hahaha the hosts were speechless.
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) June 22, 2021
Journalism in 2021: We’ll assume something terrible without evidence and then are left speechless when we’re proven wrong with actual evidence. Rising is dead now that Krystal and Saagar are gone.
— Curtis Hall (@curtisphall) June 22, 2021
He lives rent-free in their hands. They’re incapable of discussing anything bad without circling it back to Trump.
— Shane Rider 🇺🇸 (@shaneriderMA) June 22, 2021
Cold pitcher of water on those two ridiculous peacocks 😂😂😂
Great job 👍
— WhigsnTwigs (@WhigsnTwigs) June 22, 2021
You absolutely clobbered these two guys with that. They were giddy about their little conversation until you made the factual statement. TY!
— mSm (@MuscleSport_LLC) June 22, 2021
Good stuff. Your calm demeanor and sincerity was in fine contrast to their woke chanting and feel good messages..and , of course, They bring in Pres. Trump using a false narrative.
— Richard Gilbert (@RGilbert100) June 22, 2021
Skinny jeans guys just got smoked.
— Steve Sickman (@SteveSickman) June 22, 2021
That was brutal, it was epic, and it was awesome.
— Steven Matthews (@ReturnToFocus) June 22, 2021
Amazing job shutting down that diversion
— jay (@DoubleJJB) June 22, 2021
Wait…you mean to tell me that political commentators just make outlandish claims without first verifying their claim?! This why fake news is a thing. Trump didn’t create it, he just called it out.
Great job, @amber_athey, for being ready with that counter punch.
— Rubio (@TxRubio) June 22, 2021
Meanwhile in Mar-a-Lago! 😂 pic.twitter.com/d1WKIWTgpa
— Decipher (@Deciphe41141824) June 22, 2021
Did someone say… Diversity at Mar-a-Lago? 😎 pic.twitter.com/Bo3tELrCJl
— Alejandrina G.R. 🇲🇽🇺🇸 (@alejandrina_gr) June 22, 2021
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