CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson says Beto O’Rourke is an example of “white male privilege” as race rears its ugly head in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Henderson referred back to an earlier article she wrote about O’Rourke following his loss to Ted Cruz. She wrote, “he only felt emboldened and free enough to do that is because he was white and because he was male and because his wife could, in fact, stay at home and look after the kids.”
“There couldn’t be a female candidate or an African-American candidate who could do that kind of exercise and get so much praise for it.”
Henderson says O’Rourke needs to answer why voters should pick him over the other presidential candidates and not because he’s an inspiring and charismatic public speaker. “How is it that someone who did raise $80 million but then lost against Ted Cruz, how is it that, all of a sudden, he thinks he’s qualified?” she asked.
Do we really need to do this? I can’t recall hearing Henderson question why Stacey Abrams would want to go from the Georgia legislature straight to the White House after losing her gubernatorial bid. She recently said that “2020 is definitely on the table” for a presidential bid.