The left’s obsession with identity politics has resulted in a predictable consequence, in that supposed efforts to combat bigotry and racism are, in fact, bigoted and racist.
That dichotomy was on full display when two Asian American Democratic senators announced Tuesday that they would vote “No” on all “non-diversity” nominees for the Biden administration until there was Cabinet representation for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Breitbart reported.
Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-WI) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) used their own bigotry — couched as anti-bigotry — to essentially blackmail President Joe Biden into conceding to their racially-focused demands.
Bigotry on display
A thread of tweets from CNN reporter Manu Raju explained the details of the unexpected development, which appeared to stem from Duckworth’s outrage that there wasn’t a member of the AAPI community in one of the 15 Cabinet secretary positions for the first time in 20 years.
Duckworth reportedly found it “insulting” that the White House had attempted to assuage her concerns by pointing to Vice President Kamala Harris — ostensibly part of the AAPI community but not in a “Cabinet” position — which prompted her to take a hard-line position in terms of her confirmation votes for future nominees.
The senator vowed that she would vote “No” on any and all “non-diversity nominees” and would only vote “Yes” on racial minorities or members of the LGBTQ community.
“No” for “non-diversity” nominees
Duckworth was joined in that undeniably racist stance — preemptively opposing any white nominee based solely on their skin color — by her fellow Asian American colleague, Sen. Hirono — a stance Hirono had the audacity to describe as being a “reasonable position,” The Hill reported.
“We would like to have a commitment from the White House that there be more diversity representation in the Cabinet and in senior White House positions and until that happens I will be joining her in voting on non-diversity nominees,” Hirono said of the demands put forward by her and Duckworth.
She added, “This is not about pitting one diversity group against another. So I’m happy to vote for a Hispanic, a Black person, an LGBTQ person, an AAPI person. I’d just like to see more diversity representation.”
Incredibly, the tactic actually seems to have won a concession of sorts from Biden’s White House, as the potential crisis was averted by a statement announcing the addition of a senior-level staffer position dedicated specifically to serve as a liaison between the administration and AAPI community, according to The Washington Post.
“The President has made it clear that his Administration will reflect the diversity of the country. That has always been, and remains our goal,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The White House will add a senior-level Asian American Pacific Islander liaison, who will ensure the community’s voice is further represented and heard.”
That concession, while not a Cabinet-level position, was nevertheless enough for both Duckworth and Hirono to drop their bigoted threat and agree to confirm all of Biden’s nominees regardless of race.