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Philip Wegmann, a 29-year-old White House reporter for RealClearNews, earned widespread acclaim from the center and right Thursday for the memorable way in which he reacted to April Ryan’s latest shtick.
Ryan, a White House correspondent for The Grio and political analyst for CNN, has always been known for her clear-cut left-wing politics.
But her line of questioning during a White House briefing Thursday by principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was so radically far-left that Wegmann could not help reacting in shock.
“[A] few weeks ago, the first black woman to be secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, talked about not wanting to hurt white people and white children because of facts — critical race theory. Facts, truth hurts sometimes,” Ryan said to Jean-Pierre.
“But what did the president say about that? Did he respond or think anything about what she said from — she has a lofty perch, or had a lofty perch. For her to say something like that, that sends a ripple effect,” she then asked.
As she got to the part about how so-called “facts” and “truth” hurt, Wegmann flung his previously downward-facing head up in shock and shook it in confusion.
And a star is born …
His reaction prompted an outpouring of social media praise and agreement, with folks noting that they too agree that Ryan’s rhetoric was insane — and racist.
Good reaction to the question from @AprilDRyan. Lol
— King Maker (@abhiimmigrant) November 5, 2021
Wegmans thought bubble: “good lord I need a drink”
Someone hand him a whiskey
— CraZeyNinJa (@CraZeyNinJa) November 4, 2021
@PhilipWegmann start a youtube channel, I’d definitely watch your reaction videos
— Mike Morrison 🦬 (@MikeKMorrison) November 4, 2021
Even the mask couldn’t hide his train reaction 😂
— dumpsterfire21 (@20dumpsterfire) November 5, 2021
Can we get a gif of this?
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) November 4, 2021
I’ve heard dumber questions, but not many.
— Bob Pekol (@pekoleo) November 4, 2021
April Ryan doesn’t ask questions she givers sermons. And I don’t mean in a good way.
— SchnauzersRule (@RuleSchnauzers) November 4, 2021
What a gross, vile, and unprofessional person. April, not Phil, of course.
— BidenTown (@BidenTown) November 4, 2021
Plus, why she was so desperate to know what President Joe Biden, a white man, thinks about a black woman’s thoughts?
The whole question from Ryan was stunningly opinionated and, ironically enough, anti-factual. The teaching of “critical race theory” — which is essentially a pseudonym for racial essentialism — hasn’t involved the sharing of facts.
As former W. Bush administration official Condoleeza Rice noted during an appearance on “The View” in late October, it’s often focused on denigrating white children and white people, in general, to prop up black people.
“One of the worries that I have about the way that we’re talking about race is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past – I don’t think that’s very productive – or black people have to feel disempowered by race,” she said last month.
“I would like black kids to be completely empowered, to know that they are beautiful in their blackness, but in order to do that I don’t have to make white kids feel bad for being white,” she added.
She wasn’t exaggerating. Over the summer, a black Michigan father said during a heated school board meeting that the CRT curriculum in his two children’s school was teaching them that their “mother is evil.”
And then last month, a couple of days after Rice’s appearance on “The View,” a white Virginia mother revealed during another heated school board hearing that her 6-year-old daughter had once asked her if she was “born evil” for being white.
The question, the woman reported, was inspired by what the girl had been taught at school.
Numerous other examples exist, including that of a biracial Nevada boy being shamed for being a “privileged white male oppressor,” a California school district segregating students into racial “support circles” and a Tennessee second grader being taught “that white people are bad, mean & racist.”
This is happening nationwide, and it clearly has nothing to do with facts, yet members of the left — including the myriads of left-wing operatives in the media — have been spouting the same rhetoric as April Ryan ad nauseam.
Unfortunately for them, the public isn’t buying it. The proof can be found in the comments section of The New York Times.
The paper ran a veritable propaganda piece Wednesday claiming CRT is about the teaching of “black history” and that opposition to it is rooted in “white resentment.”
Yet if you pull up the comments and sort them by likes, you’ll find that the top-rated comment is a stunning rebuke of this false narrative:
“From your opening paragraph I can see the left continues to misread the issue. It’s not just a white backlash to what we’re seeing in schools. It’s a Hispanic and Asian backlash, it’s a backlash from anyone who believes in race-neutral admissions and merit and excellence over group membership. It’s a backlash against the idea that the color of your skin instantly equates to responsibility or guilt for what people of the same skin tone might have done 60 or 150 years ago,” the comment reads.
“It’s a backlash against the idea that people at universities get to invent new words to replace ones we already have that 90% of the public don’t care about much. It’s a backlash against the idea that the way to deal with the injustices of the past is by inflicting injustices on a different set of kids today. And just as important it’s a backlash against the idea that people who want to get ahead and make it on their own and don’t want a huge expansion of the safety net, just tweaks around the edges and practical incremental advances, are a minority,” it adds.
As of Friday morning, the comment had 327 likes from readers of one of the most liberal papers in America …
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