There’s only one side in the brewing Santa Ana recall campaign fight trying to make it about race and gender – and it isn’t the folks trying to recall Councilmembers Jessie Lopez and Thai Viet Phan.
OC’s radical Left has responded to the recall in typical fashion by trying to paint anyone who supports recalling these two officials as racists or woman-haters or both.
On Sunday, the OC Register published a column by recall chairman and long-time Santa Ana resident Tim Rush, explaining the policy reasons animating the recall effort.
However, radical lefty Hairo Cortes, head of “Latinx” political advocacy group Chispa (an arm of wealthy, San Francisco-based Tides Advocacy) and ally of Lopez and Phan, couldn’t get past the color of Rush’s skin, and claimed Rush is a racist misogynist:
On what evidence does Cortes base such a serious accusation? None, of course. That’s the beauty of the woke revolutionary mind-set: no evidence is necessary. Mr. Rush is a white male, and for “antiracist” social justice warriors like Cortes, that is more than enough to pronounce him guilty-as-charged.
We asked Mr. Cortes some follow up questions via comments on his tweet:
- What basis or evidence do you have that Mr. Rush’s support for recalling Lopez and Phan is racially motivated?
- Is it Chispa’s position that supporting the proposed recalls is racist?
- Or that those supporting the recalls are racist for doing so?
No substantive or relevant response to date.
rather than attempt to engage with or rebut Mr. Rush’s arguments, Cortes tries to impeach him on the basis of his skin color. We used to call that bigotry before woke thought and its variants corrupted and distorted our ability to engage in political debate.
This kind of reactionary wokery takes its cue from Lopez and Phan themselves, who are trying to paint the recalls as a desperate power grab by greedy white men who cannot abide women of color. They hammer these talking points without a shred of evidence, and are never called on it by the media.
The recall campaign has only entered the qualification stage, and if it continues to move forward, expect this brand of woke hysteria to escalate. There’s only one side of this political fracas that is obsessing about race, and it’s not Mr. Rush or the Santa Ana Police Officers Association.