Media Play a Role in Making Identity Politics a Cornerstone of Campaigns

A panel on 'The Ingraham Angle' took on a controversial CNN piece about Beto O'Rourke and 'white privilege'

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No matter who runs against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, identity politics likely will be a central part of the fight.

Liberal politicians aren’t the only ones who push identity politics, either; the media also play a role.

A recent story about Beto O’Rourke’s chances of winning the 2020 election in CNN said the failed Texas senatorial candidate was bound to have a campaign “dripping with white male privilege.”

A segment on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Friday night addressed the notion of identity politics taking over the Democrat Party — and things quickly became heated.

Conservative commentator and guest host David Webb called identity politics an “obsession” for the Left — and said the recent CNN piece that was critical of O’Rourke represented “identity politics on steroids.”

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Candace Owens, director of communications for Turning Point USA, said that if those on the Left discussed black men the same way they did white men, then “this nation would be up in arms.”

She added, “There would be another civil war.”

Former congresswoman Dee Dawkins-Haigler — also a panelist — shared a possible reason for the Left’s criticism of a white man who might be the nominee. She suggested Democrats want their party — and America — to be represented more accurately.

“The Democrat Party looks like America. The Republican Party does not,” she said.

Owens then mentioned the hypocrisy of Democrats, given historical ties to such racist groups as the KKK.

Haigler, however, pushed back, saying, “White men brought you the KKK.”

Owens interrupted, “White men did not bring me the KKK. The Democrats did.”

Haigler, however, said no black man had ever been head of the KKK.

Webb was not having this. “This [segment] is actually over because we’re not advancing the conversation at all,” he announced as he ended the debate.

Haigler surely wasn’t trying to prove Owens and Webb right about identity politics — but she did.

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