Why Democrats and the Media Let ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ James Carville Get Away With Calling Republicans “White Trash”

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Stereotypes are racist and harmful when Republicans participate in their elevation. Still, when Democrats do it, it’s considered witty and accurate. Nobody is as pithy and adept at name-calling than Democratic strategist turned relic pundit, James Carville.

Who else would you want on your show to provide deep political analysis post State of the Union than the “Ragin’ Cajun” himself, and MSNBC did not disappoint. So naturally, Mr. Carville chose to use his words wisely and illustrate his thoughts on the shift in environmental decorum in this political tradition.

So how did he choose to characterize Republicans in the audience in our Nation’s Capitol? He called them white trash.

Nothing wrong with that, right? 

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A Veritable Scholar

On MSNBC’s ‘The Beat,’ Carville laid out his credentials when it comes to judging white Republicans.

“Well, you know, I told people I have a Ph.D. in white trashology,” said Carville. “You saw white trash on display.”

Oddly enough, I bet there probably are college-level courses on ‘white trashology’ albeit under fancier names. Carville focused his racist comments on the left’s political wicked witch of the right, Marjorie Taylor Green, saying that the congresswoman dressed “like white trash.”

Oh yes, please, let’s have an old white man dressed in a beat-up polo and baseball cap for television provide women’s fashion commentary. And because he’s James Carville and he can’t help himself, he went on to give some advice.

“She really needs a fashion consultant,” he added. “I recommend George Santos. He could do a good job of dressing up where she doesn’t announce her white trashdom by her own clothes and her attitude.”

Oh my, James, is that a dig at drag queen culture? Careful, you might find yourself in hot water with your party.

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An Expert in Hate

Let’s not get it twisted; while he did focus on Congresswoman Greene, his comments were meant to characterize the entire Republican Party.

“The level of white trashdom in the Republican Party is staggering. I mean, for somebody that has observed it for a long time, like I have, I’ve never seen it manifest itself on a level that it’s manifesting itself,” said Carville.

He continued to liken us to rabid dogs stating, “We got a bunch of crazy, trashy white people that are just foaming at the mouth.”

I wonder how much MSNBC pays this dried-up racist to spit his hate on television. Of course, this wasn’t the first time he’s done this in recent history.

Earlier last year, after the midterms, he characterized Republicans as dumb, stating “They have a lot of stupid people that vote in their primaries.”

This week he described us as “rude” and “ill-mannered.” Granted, I’m not a fan of the theatrics during the State of the Union, but this isn’t unique to the Republican Party.

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I don’t recall James calling the previous Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, white trash when she tore up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. And let’s not forget back when President George W. Bush was President, the ‘Chorus of Boos’ he was met with during his 2004 State of the Union and the shouting during his 2005 State of the Union.

Was that an example of ‘white trashdom’? Of course not! It was considered perfectly acceptable because it was Democrats doing it.

Fox News’ Emily Compagno had it right on a recent episode of Outnumbered when she said “No matter what, the Democrat Party will see everyone else as less than them.”

“We will never be good enough. We will never be educated enough, good enough, smooth enough, rich enough for Hillary Clinton or James Carville.”

Indeed. It was Hillary who called us all in a strange turn of phrase, a “basket of deplorables.” My favorite was from John Kerry in 2006, when he told an audience that if they don’t go to college, they could get “stuck in Iraq.”

I was actually “stuck” in a deployed location when he joked that only dumb people who can’t cut it in college join the military. Because that’s what we are to them, expendable idiotic fodder.

It didn’t matter to him that many of us joined because we were, as Mr. Carville would call us, “white trash” that couldn’t afford to go to college. Hence, we had to get our higher education by dedicating our lives in service to our nation.

But I guess I’m the dummy with a Masters Degree and no student debts.

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A Look in the Mirror

I’ll give James one thing; he was right when he said in his white trash tirade.

He said “I’m a big believer that, you know, the State of the Union, I mean, no one cares. It doesn’t change anything.”

Now that is some expert political analysis. On Fox News’ Outnumbered, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer took us back in time, pointing out “When Paula Jones accused Bill Clinton, James Carville’s boss, of sexual assault, a fact that Bill Clinton pled guilty to, lost his law license over, and agreed to an almost $1 million fine, James Carville said about Paula Jones that if you drag $100 through a trailer park, it’s amazing what you’ll find.”

Perhaps his extensive employment with Bill Clinton is why James Carville claims he has a doctorate in white trash. Imagine the reaction if a Republican pundit were to use this sort of terminology to describe the First Lady.

Or better yet, what would happen if the word white were to be replaced by the word black, as Fleischer posed yesterday? How is it not racist to call someone white trash?

It’s not, because the Democrats do it and they can do no wrong. I like to think that after 20 years in the military working for ego-bloated elite old men, I have a Ph.D. in male jackassery.

As an expert in misogynistic trash, I can tell you that what you see when James Carville attacks Congresswoman Greene and the Republican Party is male racist, sexist insecurity on display. 

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