MSNBC claimed on Wednesday that the word “woke” is the new “n-word” in the GOP debate.
Jose Diaz-Balart told viewers it was time to “talk a little bit about” the first GOP primary debate and said “there is one word voters should expect to hear” from the stage: “woke.”
According to Diaz-Balart, the word “means so many different things to different people” before asking “where does it come from?” and tossing the segment to MSNBC Correspondent Trymaine Lee.
Lee explained that, “for generations, the term woke was a part of black American inspeak, it meant to keep your eyes open, stay aware to the forces that might be around you that might want to cause you harm, be vigilant. But in recent years its been co-opted, some would say hijacked by far-right wing conservatives and turned into anything but a feeling of awareness,” Lee argued before playing a compilation of Republican presidential candidates using the term “woke” in public remarks and interviews.
“Woke has become a charged political catch-all phrase often used as a battering ram and a battle cry, and to many, a slur,” Lee said before an interview subject says using “woke” is “almost another way of saying black, it’s another way of saying the n-word.”
“This is a ridiculous comparison,” tweeted conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. “The word ‘woke’ is not a racial slur. It’s a way of describing people who are overly sensitive and easily offended.”
“Joy Reid is just trying to stir up controversy,” tweeted Republican strategist Matt Schlapp. “She knows that her comparison is absurd.”
“We can never, ever surrender to the woke mob,” said DeSantis, who is vying for the GOP’s presidential nomination, said at a campaign stop in May. “Our mission is to leave woke in the dust bin of history where it belongs.”
MSNBC previews the GOP debate by focusing on the party's use "woke" which is apparently "another way of saying black. It is another way of saying the N-word." pic.twitter.com/HouFTvOPuA
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Source: Town Hall