Democrats are going through the seven stages of grief.
After Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial election on Tuesday, left-wing political analysts and personalities angrily claimed racism and white supremacy fueled the Republican Party’s victorious night.
What was the reaction?
From declaring that caring about education is a racist dog whistle to claiming America “simply loves white supremacy,” Democrats, progressives, and other left-wing personalities sought to blame McAuliffe’s loss on anything but the Democratic agenda.
- MSNBC host Joy Reid: “The exit polls showed that, which was interesting, that the Coronavirus or that the virus was a very low importance to many voters. It was ‘education,’ which is code for ‘white parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.’ And I mean, unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the toolkit, it used to be of the Democratic Party back in the day when they were Dixiecrats and now of the Republican Party.”
- Reid also said, “Republicans are dangerous” because the GOP stokes a “kind of soft white nationalism eventually leads to the hardcore stuff.”
- “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones: “The only racial dog whistles in American politics are the ones heard by the media, because for the rest of the country it’s explicit. If the only educational concern in the election was the teaching of race and racism, then the issue wasn’t education: it was and is always RACE.”
- Atlantic writer Jemele Hill: “It’s not the messaging, folks. This country simply loves white supremacy.”
- Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali: “Whiteness remains undefeated. Let’s wait and see who those white suburban voters went for tonight in Virginia. Any guesses?”
- Walter Shaub: “Youngkin won because he convinced a lot of Virginians that their kids should never ever learn that their state was the last state in the union to desegregate. It would be one thing if he won because of some random policy issue. But he ran on straight up racism. What a disgrace.”
- Radio host Dean Obeidallah: “Dear media: Republican voters are not excited by the issue of ‘Education.’ Republican voters are excited by the issue of WHITE SUPREMACY.”
- Professor Brittney Cooper: “White supremacy is indefatigable. That truth is both personal and political this week. Long way of saying I’m tired.”
- Howard Dean: “Racism still works in Virginia.”
What is the irony?
While Democrats and left-wing pundits blamed racism for Democrats losing, the Republican Party was busy electing Virginia’s first female black lieutenant governor, Winsome Sears, and first Hispanic attorney general, Jason Miyares.
The cognitive dissonance is, in fact, deafening.
As political observers pointed out, the election results demonstrate that Democrats should, instead of screaming “racism” every time they lose an election, perhaps investigate why many voters who supported Joe Biden in 2020 now voted for Republicans.
Will that happen? As one sarcastic reaction aptly noted, “Why self-reflect when you can just blame racism?”