‘White rage’ trends after Milley’s remarks, but ‘Portland All-Stars’ mosaic counters the narrative

The phrase “white rage” began trending on social media last week after it was coined by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley during a House Armed Services Committee hearing but it’s being given new meaning following a post by Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec.

“I want to understand white rage. And I’m white. And I want to understand it. So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out,” he said during testimony Wednesday, in reference to the Jan. 6 protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building.

In the days following Milley’s use of the phrase, it began to trend on social media and in the regular media, according to Grabien founder Tom Elliott, who posted the data on Friday.

“CNN’s @brikeilarcnn badgers Rep. @michaelgwaltz over his refusal to call ‘white rage’ the precipitating factor behind the Capitol riot. After playing clips from the riot she asks, ‘Is that white rage? Look at the people in that crowd!'” Elliot wrote in his post that contained a screengrab of a chart containing the number of times the term was uttered on CNN and MSNBC from June 1-24.

Meanwhile, CNN’s media analyst, Brian Stelter, tweeted at Fox News rival Tucker Carlson, who criticized Milley’s use of the term, as well as his embrace of critical race theory during the same hearing last week.

“Tucker Carlson mocking the Joint Chiefs Chairman: ‘Notice he never defined White rage? And we should know what it is. What is White rage?’ You are White rage, Tucker. You are. And you know it,” Stelter wrote.

But as the phrase was bandied about into the weekend, Posobiec tweeted a mosaic containing mug shots of rioters who had been arrested in Portland — some more than once — along with a post tagging MSNBC host Joy Reid, who often describes white conservatives as racists: “Be a shame if everyone tweeted this photo of ‘White Rage’ mugshots at @JoyAnnReid.”

“All kiiiiiiiinds of White Privilege,” the Hodge Twins, who are black conservative comedians, responded.

“Portland has some weird looking people. Are we sure there wasn’t a nuclear plant that was leaking waste into the water supply?” another user wrote.

“Why does this look like a picture of mental illness??” said another.

“Portland All-Stars?” another user asked.

“It’s like walking into the Star Wars bar,” another user quipped.

“Why do they all look like mutants? Did they get into the same stuff as the ninja turtles but it affected them in the opposite direction?” wrote another.

Following his testimony, Milley, a four-star Army general, also indicated his support for CRT, which has been called overtly anti-white by critics.

“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory…I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,” he said. “It’s important that we understand it because our [personnel], they come from the American people. It matters to our military and to the discipline and cohesion of this military.”

During a monologue last week, Carlson blasted Milley for his use of the phrase and for his overall embrace of the racist construct of CRT.

“He didn’t get that job because he’s brilliant or because he’s brave or because the people who know him, respect him. He is not and they definitely don’t,” the Fox News host said. “Milley got the job because he knows who to suck up to and he’s more than happy to do it. Feed him a script and he will read it.”


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