Election 2020

MSNBC Contributor: 'Yang and Gabbard Don't Represent the Democratic Party's Minority Base'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Jason Johnson is a very vocal Twitter user. Whenever something happens, he’s there to share his radical-leftist views. Yesterday, the poor fellow’s heart was broken when Kamala Harris announced the suspension of her presidential campaign. To Johnson, it was a nightmare of epic proportions. Not because Harris was perfect, but because there is no nobody left who, in his words, represents the Democratic Party’s minority base. That’s rather strange since both Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard are still in the race.

“Before anyone starts splitting hairs about debate ‘diversity’,” Johnson writes, “if Yang and Gabbard make the debate, symbolically, policy-wise and rhetorically they do not represent the minority base of the Democratic Party in the same manner as Castro, Booker and Harris formerly did.”

“Yang Gang” leader Eric Quach angrily responded to Johnson’s tweet. “I am utterly appalled by this,” he writes on Twitter, before adding “no words.”

You’d think that Johnson would take a step back after that response. Well, no. “You can be as appalled as you want,” he writes to Quach. “Are you just as appalled by the large Alt-Right following of Yang? Were you just as appalled by him implying that anti-Asian racism is somehow more insidious than African American oppression? Read a book before you step into my TL…”

If Johnson thought that would end the debate, he was sorely mistaken. “It’s sad that your first response to my complaint is to push the alt-right narrative,” Quach writes. “Your commentary about Yang and Tulsi” (he misspelled it, but I’ve fixed it here) “is unproductive. It’s a step back from all minorities have fought for. Instead of dividing communities, try uplifting one another.”

On the one hand, this is all hilarious. One Democratic is trying to out-victimize the other. Fun stuff. But, on the other hand, it’s outrageous. Johnson implies that Asian Americans aren’t a minority worthy of consideration. They don’t matter. Only African Americans and Hispanics do.

Furthermore, Johnson actually has the audacity to tell people of color what they should believe and think. Tulsi Gabbard’s father is Mike Gabbard, the first person of Samoan descent to serve in the Hawaii Senate. In other words, Tulsi Gabbard certainly is an ethnic minority. However, in Johnson’s eyes, she’s not. Ethnic minorities have to be as radically liberal as him. If they aren’t, they’re irrelevant and have to be ignored.

The way Johnson talks about Yang and Gabbard, you’d almost think he’s a racist. But that can’t possibly be the case, can it? I mean: he’s African American and liberal!

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