NYC-based culture critic Jay Smooth expressed how shocking it is for many that a politician attacked a reporter, won the race, and feels that an apology settled the matter. Smooth points out that Greg Gianforte, the "Republican and billionaire," did not bodyslam the reporter, who asked him to comment on the widely reported negative impact Trumpcare would have on millions of poor Americans. Gianforte. He went for his throat. Meaning, he tried to kill the reporter, whose life would end if air can't pass in and out of his larynx. That's what choking is all about. And what does all of this look like to millions of black, Latino, and Asian Americans? Whites in the GOP are no longer held accountable for anything.
Imagine if Hillary had slapped a reporter who asked about her emails, or Obama shoved a reporter who asked him about his birth certificate (or a NATO ally who was in his way at a meeting); the Democratic party would have immediately severed ties with them, and their political careers would have bitten the dust. The same is also true for young and white Jeff Ossoff, who is running on the Democratic ticket in a close congressional race in Georgia. If he kicked a reporter from Fox News for some reason or another, his chances of winning would fall to zero. You not only have to be white, you also have to be in the white/right party to be above accountability.
No Democrat has won the majority of the white vote since 1964, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Of course it's about race. pic.twitter.com/96vEwVNCMj
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 26, 2017