We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
The Washington Post’s seemingly unable-to-get-fired columnist Richard Cohen is back at it, with yet another grotesquely clumsy piece opining on the political issues through the rose-tinted statement glasses of yesteryear.
It’s not worth getting too deeply into what Cohen is writing—-something about Chris Christie‘s tea party problem and his chances in Iowa—-but one line of his column is generating minor outrage tremors on the Internet. Entering the head of, one supposes, the typical Iowa Republican, Cohen writes:
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
It’s not entirely clear what point Cohen is trying to make with this—-he says “conventional,” we say “bigoted”—-but he impressively manages to offend lots of different groups in a single nugget.
This isn’t the first time he has written a column with not-so-subtle racist undertones. Take the infamous column in which he weighs in on the Trayvon Martin case:
I don’t know whether Zimmerman is a racist. But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.
And women? Well, Cohen doesn’t do too well with that demographic either.