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Sanders struggles with identity politics among new progressives

Yet among the flaws on Bernie’s resume for many progressives is an unalterable one — he is a white male, and an old one without a cute Spanish nickname. The straight, cisgendered Sanders is burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality, unless being a Vermont senator from Brooklyn counts. Sanders cited the famous Martin Luther King Jr. quote about judging people by the content of their character and replied: “We have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. Neera Tanden, of the Center for American Progress, thundered, “At a time where folks feel under attack because of who they are, saying race or gender or sexual orientation or identity doesn’t matter is not off, it’s simply wrong.” Former Hillary Clinton aide Jess McIntosh added, “This is usually an argument made by people who don’t enjoy outsized respect and credibility because of their race, gender, age and sexual orientation.” Stephen Colbert snarked, “Yes, like Dr. King, I have a dream — a dream where this diverse nation can come together and be led by an old white guy.” But what Sanders is getting at here should be completely uncontroversial. Of course it is important that we look beyond the demographic characteristics of candidates, to their views and their merits. Do we want to live in a society where no one can represent people different from them? By this logic, given a choice between South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and Bernie Sanders for president, progressives would want all African-Americans to vote for the black Republican (of course, in that scenario, many progressives would pronounce Scott “not really black”). Bobby Kennedy, lionized for his unifying campaigning, would be retroactively deemed just another straight white male. Anyone who looks at, say, Steve Forbes and Bernie Sanders and thinks, “Oh, just a couple of white guys” is disregarding every political and philosophical difference in favor of a racialist reductionism. Today, though, Bernie is not race- and sex-obsessed enough for the identity-politics hall monitors of the Democratic Party.

Jemele Hill On Colbert’s Show: Sports And Politics Have ‘Always Mixed Together’

“They look at it like food on the plate ? some people don’t like the veggies and the mashed potatoes touching,” Hill said on “The Late Show” Thursday. “But in this case, they’ve always touched, they’ve always mixed together.” Hill, a staff writer for The Atlantic covering sports, race and politics, was responding to Colbert’s question on whether sports and politics were “more connected now than ever” ? particularly as President Donald Trump routinely interjects himself into controversies involving sports, the late show host added. On the Colbert show, she discussed the Showtime documentary “Shut Up and Dribble,” which she narrated. NBA superstar LeBron James served as executive director for the series, which derives its title from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham infamously saying that James and fellow NBA premiere player Kevin Durant should “shut up and dribble” after they criticized Trump. Hill joked that Ingraham inadvertently gave her “another check” with her dismissive remark. ‘Shut up and dribble’ — Fox News’s Laura Ingraham to LeBron and Kevin Durant after their criticism of President Trump — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018 Hill found herself in the spotlight last year after she criticized Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Twitter for threatening to bench NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial inequality. Weeks prior to the suspension announcement, Hill tweeted that Trump is “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists.” Colbert said Hill’s tweet “has held up like a fine wine.” Hill said the peaceful protests by some athletes that have attracted attention should not necessarily be viewed as political. “Some of this is just simply right and wrong,” she said. “To me, politics is when you have a pro argument, and a con argument. Is anybody out there pro-police brutality?”

Laugh Attacks 08/04/18: Humorists’ comments on politics and public affairs

Stephen Colbert “Unlike Trump, I know I’m being recorded right now.” “He uses (‘No collusion’) for every occasion — it’s like his ‘aloha.’ It means both ‘hello’ and ‘I’m guilty.’” “O.K., so collusion isn’t a crime, but it doesn’t matter because he didn’t do it anyway — Hillary did. It’s really going to complicate the chants at his rallies: ‘Lock her up! But collusion’s not a crime! ‘Oh, that’ll be the end of him,’ said Americans two years ago. And a year and a half ago. And a year ago. And eight months ago. And four months ago. They’ve already come up with the plot for the next ‘Mission Impossible’: getting Rudy Giuliani to stop talking.” “Trump flew to Tampa, Fla., for a big rally. And before he left, he put Rudy Giuliani in a kennel so he wouldn’t destroy everything while he was gone.”

Laugh Attacks 07/14/18: Humorists’ comments on politics and public affairs

‘Hey, everybody, I’m Brett, I’ll be your Supreme Court justice for tonight. That feels good. And it reminds us of the importance of permission slips for field trips to flooded caves.” Breaking News Be the first to know when big news breaks Recaptcha requires verification. I'm not a robot reCAPTCHA Privacy - Terms “Everybody loves this story. … When he finds out, he storms into the room and is like, What’s going on?’ To be fair, ‘What’s going on?’ is what people say in every meeting with Donald Trump.” Conan O’Brien “Because of the heat wave a lot of people across the country are without power. Yeah, they’re called Democrats.” “All 12 of those Thai boys and their soccer coach have been saved from the underwater cave. Very nice story. It’s a historic moment: This is actually the most Americans have ever cared about any soccer team, ever.” “President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, once wrote that presidents should be shielded from prosecution while in office. He didn’t write this in a ruling — he wrote it on a cake he sent to Trump three days ago.” “President Trump’s new White House communications director has changed the White House lighting so Trump looks younger. Yeah, in a related story, I’ll be working from home.”

Jimmy Fallon tried to stay out of politics. But Trump sucked him in.

Jimmy Fallon has never been a fan of talking about politics. I love pop culture more than I love politics.” Yet as has happened so many times over the past two years, the two collided on Sunday night when President Trump lobbed a tweet at Fallon, criticizing him for his public regrets about the famous “hair tousle” interview. “He called & said ‘monster ratings.’ Be a man Jimmy!” Someone must have showed Trump Fallon’s new interview with the Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, where he sounded even more upset than usual while discussing the heat he took for his infamous 2016 softball interview with Trump on “The Tonight Show,” where he mussed Trump’s hair. What would make you happy? Get over it,'” Fallon said. I don’t want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will. Although “The Tonight Show” used to regularly beat “The Late Show,” the latter took a commanding lead this spring. Vulture reported that, according to Nielsen first-quarter ratings this year, “The Late Show” was in first place with 4 million overall viewers, while “The Tonight Show” had 2.8 million. I’m never too hard on anyone.” May 2017, to the New York Times, after explaining that he wished he had addressed the Trump interview backlash on-air: “I tossed and turned for a couple of weeks, but I have to make people laugh. A lot of stuff is hard to make a joke about because it’s just too serious.” Although he’s now primed for a potentially big audience Monday night as viewers tune in to see how — or if — he responds (a “Tonight Show” publicist did not say whether he’ll address the tweet), this probably isn’t the kind of spotlight Fallon wants.
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