Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice says Republicans criticize her harshly because she’s black and female.
Rice famously went on five Sunday talk shows and blamed the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya — which left four Americans including the U.S. ambassador dead — on a YouTube video. Of course, top administration officials knew almost immediately that the attack was terrorism, but with the presidential election just two months in the future, then-president Barack Obama led a campaign of disinformation (read: lies) to distract from the scandal.
The fact that Rice wonders why President Trump and Republicans are targeting her is mind-boggling. As NSA advisor, Rice also reportedly sought names of Trump-transition officials who had come up in surveillance of foreign agents.
But to her, it must be racism and sexism.
“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. What do you think? … 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.”
So it’s not “only” about her race and sex, but that’s at least part of it, she says. And she’s not ready to “come out” with the rest of her theories yet, but she did just want to throw that racism and sexism thing out there.
Rice also wishes other people instead of her were the targets of Republican ire.
“Why me? Why not Jay Carney, for example, who was then our press secretary, who stood up more?” she asked.
Um, because he was a mouthpiece for the administration, a lackey paid to spout the White House line; Rice was a fully vested player, making real decisions (and, sometimes, in the case of Benghazi, lying about them).
Rice’s quotes were part of a praise-filled profile in New York Magazine in which Rice implies that Trump’s decision to roll back the Obama administration’s huge policy “successes” — the pointless Paris Climate Accord, the easing of sanctions against communist Cuba, the horrible Iranian nuclear deal — are all intended as personal attacks on her (humble much?).
The racism and sexism charges fit with the talking points from the Left. In April, MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Mother Jones editor David Corn said all the hubbub is because she’s black and female.
“Did she do something wrong? There is no information indicating that,” Corn said. “So they are making her, you know, basically they’re defaming her without any reason to do so because she’s a woman. Maybe because she’s a black woman. Maybe because they didn’t like her during Benghazi.”
Said Matthews: “Notice it’s always a female? Just a thought.”
But at least Rice is enjoying the good life, reports Axios. Rice had been “vacationing in the Maldives for two and a half weeks, playing lots of tennis, doing some writing and speaking,” the D.C. website said.
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