Imagine, if you will, a white, sitting Republican senator was discovered to be a member of an all-white, private Rhode Island beach club in today’s hyper-sensitive political atmosphere, and imagine if that Republican defended his membership by saying it’s a “long tradition.” That would trigger instant outrage from the press, right?
According to the Daily Caller, that exact scenario played out recently, except it involved Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a Democrat who was confronted for the second time over his family’s decades-long membership to the Newport-based Bailey’s Beach Club, which reportedly has been an all-white, luxurious beach club since its inception.
Where’s the media outrage?
Had this happened to virtually any Republican anywhere in the country, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and plenty more in the mainstream media would have acted as bloodthirsty wolves on the attack.
But apparently, since it involves a prominent Democrat member of the protected political class, it’s a nothing-burger for the woke, corporate media.
A reporter from GoLocal Providence confronted the left-wing senator on the membership issue over the weekend and captured the encounter on video. Whitehouse didn’t have much to offer other than his family’s membership in the exclusive club is a “long tradition in Rhode Island,” adding, “I think we just need to work our way through the issues.”
“Do you have concerns in 2021 … You had remarks on the floor following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, saying that you hope to root out systemic racism in the country. Your thoughts on an elite, all-white, wealthy club again in this day in age. Should these clubs continue to exist?” the reporter asked.
“I think the people who are running the place are still working on that and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet,” Whitehouse responded.
GoLocal Providence previously reported that Whitehouse had promised to end his membership at the all-white, “who’s who” beach club when he made his first run for the Senate in 2006.
Not only did he fail to make good on that promise, which was well before the social justice movement in America, his wife also happens to be one of the private club’s largest shareholders — a lucrative position she’s unlikely to give up, short of the Democrat-friendly mainstream media pressuring the couple to do so, which is just as unlikely.
While the media didn’t dig in like they undoubtedly would have if it involved a sitting Republican senator, the video recorded by the GoLocal Providence reporter found traction on social media, with many commenting on the senator’s blatant hypocrisy given previous statements he made with regard to “systemic racism” in America.
The hypocrisy seems to be a trend for the Rhode Island Democrat, as he’s publicly opposed “dark money” in politics but has continued to support groups known to bundle dark money for various progressive issues. In other words, he thinks dark money is bad unless it’s for a cause he supports.
Whitehouse is simply another example of a hypocritical congressman who excels at talking the talk, when it’s politically expedient, but will never walk the walk when it counts, and it’s a shame that most in the media will never hold him accountable for that.