On her Saturday morning MSNBC show, Tiffany Cross devoted a segment to a collective kvetch over how some white women are supposedly too stupid (and racist) to vote in their best interests and get with the liberal agenda. Instead, they vote Republican! Yet Cross and her panelists would glorify Vice President Kamala Harris, who recently said: “How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body.”
Harris made the remark in the context of promoting abortion rights. But guess what? Another thing a woman can “do with her body” is take it to the voting booth and pull the lever for the candidates of her choice!
Cross kicked things off, saying: “We do have to call out our [white] sisters in this struggle who don’t always vote in alignment with the folks you see on the screen here. That is very frustrating.”
Sorry, Tiffany, but it’s called democracy, and the freedom to vote, which liberals love to claim is in such jeopardy! The panel accused white women of benefiting from, and siding with, the “patriarchy,” as embodied by their male relatives.
The panel consistently condescended to and patronized white women, somehow assuming that they should vote in lockstep with liberal women. Take panelist Carmen Perez-Jordan, who decried the fact that none of the eight Republican women Members of Congress voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would not merely have codified Roe v. Wade, but gone radically beyond it.
She continued: “[M]eanwhile, there are [inaudible] allies, we need to be in solidarity. We know the historical context of women having access to privilege through their husbands, sons, fathers. But it’s very clear that we need to begin to feminize politics.”
Keeping up her long ruse of being a journalist, The 19th’s Errin Haines joined in:
[F]rankly, when white women choose gender over party, it often makes this country less free and less fair for everybody. And we know that white women have voted, have not voted in — in the majority as Democrats in several, in several — in a couple of generations.
To assume that all women must support abortion without restriction up to the moment of birth is the height of negating women’s individuality and freedom of thought. Cross has disparaged conservative women like Amy Coney Barrett as a Stepford Wives “handmaid.” But here it was Cross & Co. demanding that all women march in rigid lockstep with liberal ideology.
On her MSNBC show, Tiffany Cross and her panel “calling out” white women who vote Republican was sponsored in part by Stanley Steemer, GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Centrum, Wayfair, Walmart, Salonpas, and Walgreens.
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MSNBC’s The Cross Connection
11:05 a.m. Eastern
TIFFANY CROSS: We do have to call out our sisters in this struggle who do not always vote in alignment with the folks who see in the screen here. That is very frustrating. Carmen, we saw a lot of things — I mean, when we think about this — when we saw they passed the 19th Amendment, but when we go back and look at what was happening around that time, there were people like Elizabeth Stanton and other women who were really focused on white women and thought white women were the priority. Nevermind what black men are going through, nevermind what people of color were going though and actually said that out loud. It was, of course, Sojourner Truth who gave the famous speech Ain’t I a Woman at the convention where they were discussing the 19th. I want to ask you, Carmen, I feel like there’s still a divide today in the conversations that we have about women’s rights. With some of — with white women continuously voting overwhelmingly Republican. Lucy Caldwell is a show regular. And she gave one of the best and most honest answers about why this happens. I want you to take a listen, Carmen, and I will ask you about it on the other side.
LUCY CALDWELL [on MSNBC’s The Cross Connection, 05/07/22]: A real problem is that Republican women are in this mode, and specifically white women, where, in a way, they do benefit from the patriarchy, right? And so, they are feeling or participating in the same kind of story of economic insecurity, or, you know, or a right or a privilege that they believe that their white husbands, and sons, and fathers, that they deserve, is going to a person of color, right? So, they have a stake in the old paradigm that it’s harmful. They also, at the same time, it’s good to be a white woman. Because white women also benefit from the progress that Democrats have worked to assure for white women!
CROSS: Carmen, I — I loved her — the honesty in that answer. Because when she says it’s good to be a white woman. You know, we are not impacted in the same way as other people. You dealt with a little bit of this in the Women’s March. Talk to me about where we are today. Are we more unified today than we were 103 years ago? Are do those still, or do those same divides — they still exist?
CARMEN PEREZ-JORDAN: Well, I think we have to understand that patriarchy isn’t upheld only by men. Not one of the eight women who are the Republican members of Congress voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act. And meanwhile, there are [inaudible] allies, we need to be in solidarity. We know the historical context of women having access to privilege through their husbands, sons, fathers. But it’s very clear that we need to begin to feminize politics.
11:09 a.m. Eastern
ERRIN HAINES: Last year on the anniversary of suffrage, I wrote about the reality that when women of color prioritize their gender over their party, they have worked to make this democracy more free and more fair for everybody. And frankly, when white women choose gender over party, it often makes this country less free and less fair for everybody. And we know that white women have voted, have not voted in — in the majority as Democrats in several, in several — in a couple of generations. And that is having an impact on, particularly, you know, what — what women’s freedom is going to mean in this country.
11:11 a.m. Eastern
LINH NGUYEN: This — this fight for solidarity, and — and like Errin and Carmen mentioned it so well, it’s just this — we need to see white women stepping up for us as much as we have always been on the front lines.
CROSS: Yeah. Well, it remains to be seen if this will happen.