In a post earlier today, I made the following observation about the press’ addiction to Steve Bannon:
Indeed, there’s a certain Baptists-and-Bootleggers dynamic at work with Bannon, but also with the alt-right. Many in the liberal media want Bannon or the alt-right to be the face of conservatism because Bannon represents the kind of enemy many liberals want to have.
An even better example of what I’m talking about came this afternoon during the Kavanaugh hearings. An attractive woman sitting behind Kavanaugh, Zina Bash, after hours of sitting quietly behind the Supreme Court nominee, managed to touch two fingers together to make a kind of “Okay” symbol. She’s a Mexican-American descendant of Holocaust survivors.
For a shockingly large number of people, the most obvious interpretation of this “gesture” is that she was flashing a “white supremacy” signal. Here’s one headline that came up at the top of Google News when I search for her first name: “White Supremacy Is Front And Center At Brett Kavanuagh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing.”
Countless frenzied tweeters, including many with Blue Checkmarks, immediately bought the idea that the Nazi cabal allegedly behind the Trump administration was literally behind its Supreme Court nominee.
Zina Bash, Trump White House Advisor and #Kavanaugh assistant does racist 'white power' symbol live on TV during #Kavanaugh hearing. She's been smirking and making faces since the start of the hearing. Racist government, racist judge. #StopKavanaugh https://t.co/J6RXoqdZPs
— Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) September 4, 2018
His law clerk was flashing a Nazi hand gesture during his testimony. HE IS A NAZI WHITE SUPPORTER
— Glo (@runglo13) September 4, 2018
Not sure what’s worse about Zina Bash.
– The fact that she flashed a white power sign on tv.
– The smug look on her face while doing it.
– How comfortable she was doing it.
– Or the people who are defending her now…
— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) September 4, 2018
Zina Bash and her white power gesture. pic.twitter.com/tGv6JS7snH
— ⚓️Nam Vet™Resist💙 (@VFW_Vet) September 4, 2018
When Occam’s razor takes you immediately to this conclusion, you might want to look down and make sure you’re not holding a spoon, or perhaps a ferret. Indeed, you should know you’re on shaky ground when even Louise Mensch demands more evidence:
Yes it looks like a white power sign. But could it be some gesture caught wrong by a camera. Not enough data. I know @comey would tell me “well, is she a fascist? Does she date Miller or Publius Anton?” When Posobiec does it you know what it means. Her? I need more data
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) September 4, 2018
I am a critic of this president and an implacable opponent of the alt-right. But many liberals are going to have to make peace with the possibility that their political enemies aren’t always the cartoon villains they so desperately want them to be.