And perhaps take a course in math, too. This starts with a gratuitous shot at black voters supporting Donald Trump from The View’s Sunny Hostin, which wasn’t even the topic of the question on Tuesday’s show. Whoopi Goldberg and Meaghan McCain had commented on polling out of Florida on Joe Biden’s support from Latinos, where multiple surveys showed Biden underperforming Hillary Clinton from four years ago.
At first, Hostin chalks this up to the Cuban-American demo, which is glib enough anyway (did they just come back after a four-year absence?). For some reason, though, Hostin then finds it necessary to insult black Trump voters and the people who appeared at the GOP’s convention, calling them “props”:
TV's dumbest lawyer Sunny Hostin calls black conservatives "props" for the GOP while she inadvertently reminds people that Democrats take black voters for granted. pic.twitter.com/ootsK3gdLX
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 9, 2020
This is even less intelligent than Rantz suggests. Hostin brags about Biden getting “eighty-three percent” support from the African-American demo in these polls, but that would be a disaster for Biden if that held up. Donald Trump only got 8% of the black vote in 2016; 83% would suggest that Trump might be doubling his support, and that kind of shift would all but doom Biden in any state where it happened.
And that would make for a whole lotta props, too. Note that Goldberg wisely decided not to follow up on Hostin’s non sequitur. Did Hostin even bother checking the data on demographics in elections?
Last night, Leo Terrell called out Hostin and The View for its denigration of African Americans who decide to think for themselves (via Townhall’s Leah Barkoukis):
“See, the Democrats’ playbook is – no black can leave the plantation, we have to remain, if not, we will be called names,” he said during a segment on Fox News’s “Hannity” with Herschel Walker. “I’ve been called names recently, but here’s the point. I want to speak directly to Sunny from “The View.” I have news for you, Sunny. Tim Scott is not a prop. Alice Johnson is not a prop. And the wife of David Dorn is not a prop.”
Terrell reminded Sunny that he was on the Left for 30 years and knows what Democrats have done.
“I freely decided to vote Republican,” he continued. “No pay, it’s because I love this country, just like Herschel. So when you make this argument, as a lawyer, you should be ashamed of yourself, to call black Republicans a prop, that is a personal attack.”
Actually, I’d dispute that last part, but not as a means of letting Hostin and others like her off the hook. It’s not personal because they don’t see black voters in terms of individuals; they see black voters in terms of determinative blocs. To a certain extent the “Uncle Tom” and “prop” insults are personal, but only of the most impersonal, most utilitarian type possible. If Hostin and others gave Tim Scott and Alice Johnson any credit at all as persons rather than members of a class, they’d never call them “props” at all.
That’s the larger point Terrell is making, of course. It’s the same point Salem Radio host Larry Elder made in his documentary Uncle Tom, in which Terrell doesn’t appear but who clearly would have been comfortable doing so.