Former first lady Michelle Obama returned to the spotlight recently with comments on two of her favorite topics: race and gender.Speaking before a gathering at the Philadelphia Conference for Women, Mrs. Obama presented a strange argument that the lack of racial diversity, particularly within the Republican Party, is the reason why politicians are distrusted.
“At the State of the Union address … when you are in the room what you can see is this real dichotomy. It’s a feeling of color almost. On one side of the room is literally gray and white. Literally, that is the color palette on one side of the room. On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone, because on one side all men, all white, on the other side some woman, some people of color.”
She continued, “I look at that, and I go, no wonder. No wonder we struggle, no wonder people don’t trust politics. We’re not even noticing what these rooms look like.”
As her comments illustrate, when it comes to diversity within the Republican Party, the Left wants to have it both ways.
On one hand they relentlessly attack any woman or minority who joins the GOP as traitors to their own. Michelle Obama herself for example just days ago slandered women who voted against Hillary as people who ‘voted against their own voice.’
But on the other hand, when their efforts to make anyone not a white male feel ashamed to join with Republicans largely succeeds, they then complain that the GOP is too white and too male.Furthermore, one might wonder what correlation exists between trusting politicians and politicians being female or a minority. Can’t a politician be a woman and/or a minority and be untrustworthy?
The answer to that question is clearly yes.Hillary Clinton is a woman, yet during the height of her presidential campaign CNN released a poll that reported that 69% of respondents found her untrustworthy.
The GOP, to its credit, has taken some steps to diversify its ranks, including electing a black senator to represent South Carolina. This is something many would have said would be impossible not too long ago.
Other women and minorities such as Kelli Ward, Bob Young, Kim Guadagno, and Nicole Malliotakis are currently running as Republicans for high-profile political positions. If they are successful it would further diversify a political party the Left dismisses as “male, pale, and stale.”
Some are running against old white guys too. Perhaps Michelle Obama – if her argument is to make any sense – should support these female and minority Republicans in order to increase the public’s trust in politicians.