Military historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson took apart Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s defense of herself as a “woman of color,” calling it the most ‘anti-Enlightenment thing” he has ever heard.
The author and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Thursday about the debate over America’s greatness in light of this week’s controversy involving the progressive Democrat congresswomen being referred to as “the squad.”
MacCallum asked Hanson to weigh in on remarks made by Tlaib in an interview this week in which she slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Joined by her fellow freshman lawmakers, Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, Tlaib called out the Democratic leader over a face-to-face meeting with the women who have been openly engaged in a feud with her.
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“Acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that and what you’re doing, especially because some of us are getting death threats, because some of us are being singled out in many ways because of our backgrounds, because of our experiences and so forth,” Tlaib said.
“She’s saying ‘if you want to criticize us, you need to think about the fact that we are women of color and you have to take into account our experiences and our background when you criticize us,'” MacCallum summed up on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Thursday.
“Well, that’s the most anti-Enlightenment thing I’ve ever heard,” Hanson responded. “Representative Tlaib is a person, she’s a unique identity, she’s a human being and she’s only secondarily a woman and thirdly a person of a particular ethnic background.”
“If we were to go back to the pre-Enlightenment, that’s how we used to identify ourselves: as tribal people that our first loyalty is always to the people with similar superficial appearance,” he elaborated, referring to the 18th century philosophical movement in Europe.
“Nobody’s singling her out. She’s singling herself out when she says…’I’m a woman of color,'” he added. “And if everybody were to do that, you can see where it leads to.”
(Video: Fox News)
The author of “The Case for Trump’ argued that it is a very “dangerous” thing to turn every issue “into elements of race” while calling it a “careerist’s trope.”
“She’s basically saying if I was not a woman of color, I would have to be judged on my merits as an effective or ineffective representative, and that’s the last thing that I want,” he said of Tlaib.
In an opinion piece published by Fox News Thursday, Hanson delivered a strong argument about recent efforts by socialists and progressives to convince Americans that their nation is sinful and flawed.
“These elites see Americans not as unique individuals but as race, class and gender collectives, with shared grievances from the past that must be paid out in the present and the future,” he contended.
Their “radical progressive view” holds that things will not improve “at least not until America as we know it is dismantled and replaced by a new nation predicated on race, class and gender identity-politics agendas.”
Hanson concludes that “arguments over our past are really over the present — and especially the future.”
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