It is common for Republican politicians to use the race (and/or sexism card) to silence a prominent Democrat minor figure who opposes them or disagrees with their views. This tactic is used to silence a Republican politician who disagrees with or opposes a prominent Democrat minority figure.
It was obvious almost every day during Barack Obama’s presidency and Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign in 2016. This is evident, for example, when the antisemitic “Squad” acts foolishly. Unfortunately, this happens a lot.
On Thursday, we saw it happen again during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Adeel Abdul Mangi. Joe Biden nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, but he was renominated in early January after a heated exchange of questions with members of the public in December.
At the time, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Mangi was connected to leftist hate groups. In December, Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee expressed concern about this.
Adeel Abdel Mangi […] is on the advisory board of the Alliance of Families for Justice. This organization was founded by Weather Underground founder Kathy Bodin in 2016.
In the year 2021, Mangi (who has been a member of the Alliance of Families for Justice since 2019) held an event calling for the release of the six Black Panthers/Black Liberation Army prisoners who are serving life sentences for the murder of police officers.
Mangi has been associated with radical groups. Sami al-Arian, a former professor, was convicted for raising funds to fund the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group. The Center hosted an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, responded by playing on race. He accused Cruz of “Islamophobia” and implied that Cruz suggested Mangi is a terrorist because he’s a Muslim American.
Cruz’s response to Durbin was so vicious that it infected my veins. He claimed he had the right to respond because Durbin had questioned Durbin’s character. Cruz refused to allow anyone else in the committee his time until Durbin corrected both his position on Durbin and his demagoguery.
It did NOT go well for him. pic.twitter.com/UhuUwZyhJr
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 18, 2024
I believe that tone and tenor are standard responses for Republicans after a Democrat pulls a pathetic woke-up trick like Durbin did during the hearing.
They should not back down until the entire room and perhaps everyone at home has understood that they have valid arguments in support (or against) whichever issue or candidate is being debated.
They must also be ready to denounce their political opponents’ underhanded and insulting race-baiting tactics as well as any woman-carding. These tactics go against the notion that people are judged by their character, actions, and policy positions rather than on their skin color or gender.
With the support of their media allies, Democrats have been able to get away with this for years. Now, things are changing. We can thank Republicans like Ted Cruz for not being afraid to tell it how it is. They don’t back down either when Democrats take the low road because of the lack of rational arguments.