Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for her decision to unmask several Trump associated who were caught, unintentionally, on foreign surveillance during the 2016 election. In an interview with New York Magazine’s Michael Tomasky last week, Rice said the scrutiny was nothing new, that she had in fact been a favorite target of conservative media dating back to the days of Benghazi. And she insinuated there might be a reason for that.
“Why me?” she wondered. “Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary?”
Um, because Carney was the PRESS SECRETARY – a role that is traditionally seen as the town crier for the president and not someone actively involved in creating policy or making important decisions about the country? That could, perhaps, be the reason why? Just a thought.
Tomasky couldn’t resist the bait, helpfully pointing out that Carney “isn’t an African-American woman,” and asking Rice if that was the problem.
Rice, lacking the courage to actually follow through with her obvious insinuation, sidestepped.
“I don’t know,” she said. “I do not leap to the simple explanation that it’s only about race and gender. I’m trying to keep my theories to myself until I’m ready to come out with them. It’s not because I don’t have any.”
In other words, yes, that’s exactly what she’s saying, but she doesn’t want to get raked over the coals for playing the race (and sex) card. Even though she did.
It’s really getting pathetic how quickly women and blacks and other minorities in top Democrat positions are so quick to call “racist” and “sexist” whenever they find their actions under the microscope. It’s just such a lame avenue out of responsibility. It’s as if white male politicians don’t get plenty of scorn from the press. Donald Trump is (maybe…kinda?) being investigated by Congress and an FBI special counsel. He gets HAMMERED every single day by the liberal media in ways that no previous president has. Is it because he’s a white guy? Come on. Yet whenever anyone said the slightest thing about Obama…oh, it’s just because he’s black. It’s so absurd, and it’s so transparent. It’s an insult to the critics, but it’s an even worse insult to minorities, as though everything they do or say has to be seen through that prism of race and gender.
Rice has some serious questions to answer about her role in the Obama administration’s misuse of classified intelligence. She needs to answer them and forget about all the scapegoating.