Trumpkins and others have tried to give new meaning to the word ‘woke’ as of late. There is a video going viral where conservative author Bethany Mandel was asked on The Hill’s online show ‘Rising’ what the definition of ‘woke’ was. She could not do it. Mandel started with,
“So, I mean, woke is sort of the idea that, um, …This is going to be one of those moments that goes viral.”
She continued with,
“I mean, woke is something that’s very hard to define, and we’ve spent an entire chapter defining it. It is sort of the understanding that we need to totally reimagine and reduce society in order to create hierarchies of oppression. Um, sorry, I—it’s hard to explain in a 15-second sound bite.”
And when told to take her time defining it, she concluded with,
“I mean, everybody is weighing in against wokeness. Like we do some of it on this show as well. It’s definitely something you know what it is when you see it.”
Of course, the video has gone viral.
The stock market has taken a tumble lately following the collapse of the Silicon Valley Banks (SVB). This follows deregulation moves of the banking industry under Trump’s presidency back in 2018. Republicans are loathe to make any connections between these deregulation moves and the collapse of SVB. They are blaming the collapse on ‘wokeness’. Ron DeSantis, potential Presidential contender stated the following on the SVB collapse.
“This bank, they’re so concerned with DEI and politics and all kinds of stuff, I think that really diverted from them focusing on their core mission,”
DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Others on the right have pointed out the fact that the SVB board consisted of 45% women, one Black, one LGBTQ and two veterans. But they are quick to point out ‘that does not mean that 12 white men would have run it better’. Sure.
From now on, anything the Republicans see that is going wrong that could be attributed to them, they have the ‘woke’ fallback position.