Arguably the greatest sin a Democratic strategist could make is to use identity politics in an inaccurate manner. It’s not the identity politics itself is bad to Democrats; they use it regularly. But when they play the race card at the wrong time and on the wrong person, there had better be a scapegoat ready upon which to cast the blame.
Such is the case of an incident with Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Leslie Marshall. Her Twitter account blew up when it quote-Tweeted Nikki Haley’s comment about race as posted by The Hill. Haley said the U.S. “is not a racist country. Marshall’s retweet read, “Says a white woman.”
Uhhh Nikki Haley is the daughter of Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa pic.twitter.com/13XbIrOuXB
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) August 25, 2020
The problem is that the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and 2020 Republican National Convention speaker Nikki Haley is not Caucasian. She was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to an Indian Punjabi American Sikh family in Bamberg, South Carolina. The misplayed race card was quickly rescinded as Marshall deleted the Tweet, but many had already screen-captured it. Once ridicule began, Marshall took to Twitter to blame an intern for the mishap and said it would not happen again.
I agree with you on the poor judgement re: the intern- but for years my staff have posted when i'm on vacation, out of town, etc without incident. Now it wont be happening going forward https://t.co/K327v2E3ZT
— Leslie Marshall (@LeslieMarshall) August 25, 2020
We reached out to Marshall for comment. If she replies, we will update this article.
The moral of the story for Democrats is one of two things. If you have an intern Tweeting for you, make sure they’re more careful when playing the race card. Or, if you misplayed the race card yourself, blame an intern.
Coronavirus lockdowns put the future of independent news at risk
Reports indicate rising traffic but drastically lower revenues for mid-sized independent news outlets.
The economic downturn from COVID-19 lockdowns has hit many industries in the gut. One industry that doesn’t get nearly enough attention is journalism. The corporate conglomerates controlling mainstream media outlets are able to weather the storm, but independent news outlets have seen revenues plummet to the point that many are considering shutting down. We know. We’ve had to consider the possibility ourselves.
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