If you haven’t heard, Tucker Carlson is under fire from the left for telling Fox News contributor, Jehmu Green, “folks like you, voters like you, smug black women … your tactics will backfire on you.”
Oh, wait. I’m sorry. I totally screwed that up. Actually, the exchange was slightly different and no one is calling for Jehmu’s scalp, including 1/32 Cherokee Elizabeth Warren.
Let’s first put the conversation in context. The two talking heads were brought in to discuss the fallout from Elizabeth Warren’s ridiculous claim that she didn’t use vestiges of Indian roots to benefit her career.
CARLSON: Indeed, it’s indefensible and that’s why [Elizabeth Warren] doesn’t want to talk about this, because she did gain material advantage by lying about her ethnic background. And no one should gain advantage because of his ethnic background, period.
GREENE: Tucker! Tucker! Elizabeth Warren has been very clear that she has not gained advantage. …
CARLSON: No she has not been clear.
GREENE: And at the end of the day, she won the teaching award at Harvard two years in a row, she won teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania, at the University of Michigan, at the University of Houston. To question this woman on her qualifications is going to be something that does appeal to … folks like you, voters like you, bow tie’n white boys, but at the end of the day it is going to backfire. …
See how that works? If your name is Jehmu Greene and you and get backed into a corner, your brain has atrophied so much over the years by never having to debate the issues that the default reaction is to attack someone personally. I have never been a huge Tucker Carlson fan, but he absolutely destroyed Jehmu Green on this topic, and her reaction was to call him a “bow tie’n white boy.”
Whenever I hear someone on the left lecture conservatives about the level of discourse in America I think of women like Jehmu. The rules are different for conservatives — which is fine, because it makes us sharper — but it also means that we have to be more diligent about pointing out the double standards. Jehmu is the picture perfect elitist liberal, brimming with smug self-confidence because they’ve risen to prominence, but completely unaware of how their words are interpreted outside Beltway bubbles and “social justice” spheres of influence.
I hope too many people don’t call for Jehmu to be fired, because having her in front of the camera is great for the conservative movement. She makes Tucker Carlson look like Mark Steyn. Imagine what would happen if Jehmu actually went up against Steyn — there would only be a smoldering crater left in the studio where she sat after he was done with her. Let’s make it happen.