Last week, three separate yet fundamentally unifiable stories broke. And for once, not one of those stories directly involved President Trump.
Just that alone is an achievement; if Trump has learned anything during his tenure, it’s that a good week for him is not one where he is the main focus of the news cycle, but one where his rivals exemplify their insanity and immorality in brimming, media-focused demonstrations.
The first of these stories broke on Sunday evening, when it was announced that Howard Schultz, the ex-Starbucks CEO, will run in the next presidential election as an independent. This immediately plagued Democrats with worry, as Schultz’s announcement drew parallels to the 2000 presidential election, in which it’s arguable that then-candidate Ralph Nader — who ran as an independent — allowed then-candidate George W. Bush to win, preventing a Democrat from taking office.
In his 60 Minutes interview, Schultz criticized both parties, remarking that “both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people.”
Immediately after his announcement, Democrats responded through paroxysms of anger to the possibility of Schultz splitting the electorate and allowing Trump to be re-elected. Julian Castro — a Democrat running in 2020 — spoke about this plausibility, saying in an interview with CNN that Schultz’s candidacy “would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected.”
This provides the first damning story of the week for Democrats. To them, the purpose of the upcoming election isn’t to promote good, popular policy in favor of the American people. It’s focused on only one thing: defeating Trump and returning to power.
Then came Virginia. Following New York’s newest law that legalized abortion up until birth, Virginia’s House of Delegates followed suit, proposing a bill that would allow the murder of a born infant if the baby had “severe fetal abnormalities,” according to the Governor of Virginia’s spokeswoman.
Yes, you read that correctly. We have reached the point in politics when infanticide is being celebrated by one of the two major American political parties.
When asked whether the bill would allow a woman to request an abortion mere moments before giving birth, Kathy Tran, a major proponent of the bill and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, said that her “bill would allow that, yes.”
Shortly after proposing a provision that would permit infanticide, Tran submitted a bill that would help save an endangered species of caterpillar.
Fortunately, the abortion bill did not pass.
While Virginia was already in the limelight, the third disclosing story surfaced. On Friday, a photo was uncovered believing to feature the Governor of Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam, in an incredibly racist scenario. The picture — originating from a page dedicated to Northam in his medical school yearbook — depicts two men, one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan costume while the other is shown wearing “blackface.” To make matters worse, a separate page in the same yearbook notes Northam’s nickname to be “coonman,” a presumably racist epithet.
Shortly after the report dropped, Northam released a statement, in which he admitted that he was indeed pictured in the photo. He did not disclose which man he was in the picture, however.
Realizing the consequences of this story for the party, certain members publicly demanded Northam to resign. Most notable among them was Kamala Harris, a Democrat running for president in 2020, who remarked on Twitter that Northam “should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”
Some notable Democrats, however, were entirely silent. Both Democrat Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released statements, stating nowhere that Northam should resign.
What’s perhaps most interesting about this story, though, is that Northam has a history of accusing his adversaries of being racist. During the 2017 gubernatorial election, he touted his opponent as a racist who fearmongers. In one ad during that election, Northam’s campaign depicted a supporter of his opponent as a bigoted man attempting to mow down a group of minority children with a truck. Northam constantly asserted during the campaign that the Republican Party is the party for the white supremacist.
Regardless of whether or not you believe Northam should resign over a photo taken several decades ago, it’s quite remarkable how much hypocrisy is present in this situation. The tactic Northam used during his campaign — accusing your opponent, and broadly the entire party your opponent is a member of, of racism — is one of the most common strategies used by the Democratic Party to silence dissidents. In the end, it was revealed that the only one with a racist background was the one accusing others of racism. It really makes you wonder.
While the three stories are widely different in size and scope, they miraculously share many common attributes: they all exemplify the hypocrisy, smugness, and condescension of the Democratic Party.
When the Schultz story was media fodder, the Democratic Party demonstrated publicly that their first priority isn’t to improve the country through widely accepted policies. Their biggest priority, instead, is power. That’s what elections mean to them, and that’s what defeating Trump means to them. Howard Schultz poses a threat to their power.
Even though Virginia’s proposed abortion bill failed, it accomplished many invaluable feats. It showed undeniably the underlying hypocrisy and immorality of the Democratic Party. Remember just weeks ago when the Democrats lambasted Trump’s wall as an immoral, medieval device used only by Hitler-esque leaders? The murder of life mere moments before — and even following — birth, however, is perfectly moral and divine.
And finally, Northam’s hypocritical and racist past showcases one of the most prevalent themes of the Democratic Party: smugness. Count how many times a day you read, or hear, a Democrat claiming that the Republican Party — or a member of the party — is a racist, bigoted, white supremacist. You’ll probably lose count. Yet the party that constantly shouts racism has the most extensive racist past, whether it be the founding of the Ku Klux Klan, the boisterous support of the segregationist Jim Crow Laws, or the adamant opposition to the Civil Rights Act in the late 20th century.
Neither party is entirely morally virtuous or just. But there’s an adage that can be appropriately applied here: those who shout the loudest usually have the most to hide.
UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, Governor Northam is now denying he is pictured in the aforementioned photo, shortly after saying he was pictured.
Daniel Schmidt is a 16-year-old political commentator and opinion writer. In his freshman year of high school, he founded The Young Pundit, a hard-hitting news commentary outlet featuring young, incisive, and unbought conservative voices. To read more about Daniel, click here.