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The MSNBC talk show ‘Deadline: White House‘, hosted by analyst Nicolle Wallace, experienced one of its strangest installments on April 20, when Wallace compared the education bills passed by Republican Governors Ron DeSantis (FL) and Glenn Youngkin (VA) to a “dehumanizing war tactic” similar to that used by Russian soldiers raping Ukrainian children.
Wallace’s comparison developed as he was talking with Tim Miller, a writer at Bulwark, about the bills passed by DeSantis and Youngkin that seek to protect parental rights over the education of their children. These bills have been stigmatized by the liberal media and Democrats in recent months. The bill in Florida, for example, was dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” although the law never mentions the word “gay” and only sought to prevent sexualized content from being taught to elementary school children.
For Wallace, however, the Republican governors’ bills were a war tactic.
“I worry that in covering Glenn Youngkin and his politics of ‘parental choice’, all the focus was on how well it worked. And even in our conversations about DeSantis; it’s about how well they’re serving him,” Wallace said during one of the segments. “The truth is dehumanization as a tactic for politics is some war. Dehumanization is a tactic, is being used right now where the Russians get their soldiers to rape children by dehumanizing them. Dehumanization as a practice is a tactic of war. It’s being deployed in our politics and people like you and I sometimes lose the plot and admire its effectiveness, not its substance.”
Minutes later, his interviewee, Miller, agreed with Wallace’s position. “Yes, I think that’s all right,” he said. “Their cruelty, their inhuman behavior is inexcusable.”
MSNBC Analyst: Jesus Christ would be called a ”groomer”
The controversial episode of ‘Deadline: White House’ not only compared Youngkin and DeSantis’ policies to dehumanizing war tactics and Russian rapists, but also said that Jesus Christ today would be labeled a “groomer,” Matthew Dowd himself claimed while discussing “grooming” allegations against a Democratic senator from the state of Michigan.
Host Wallace played a clip where Republican state Sen. Lana Theis accused Michigan Democrat Mallory McMorrow of wanting to “groom” and “sexualize” children in schools and teach them Critical Race Theory.
Following the video, Dowd came to McMorrow’s defense, saying that Republicans are launching a vicious “culture war” against Democrats, who should learn to better defend “marginalized” communities from conservative attacks.
Later, the analyst said there are people twisting the meaning of faith to use it as a “political cudgel” to attack those who are pushing debates related to children’s education.
“It’s something I’ve tried to talk about: being a Christian, growing up Catholic, being an altar boy and all that – how faith has been captured by a small segment of our society that has tried to define it in ‘a way that Jesus never defined it, and in fact the opposite of Jesus,” Dowd said.
“The whole message of the Easter Gospels was Love one another. And I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If Jesus Christ were alive today, He would be called woke up, and he would be called a socialist if he were alive today.”
The analyst lamented that there are people who allegedly seek to “capture” Christianity and “corrupt” its message.
None of the interviewees, nor presenter Wallace, contradicted Dowd’s assertions.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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