It’s no secret that three of the highest-profile members of the giant House Democratic freshman class of 2019–Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan–have become the pet hates of the right. One has to think they’re just trying to get their licks in early, since all three women represent districts that are Democratic sinecures. But in his desperation to hit these women below the belt, one right-wing luminary may have inadvertently paid them a compliment.
The slings and arrows have been flying from the right almost from the moment that AOC posted a picture to her Instagram showing her sitting alongside Omar, Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts in which they declared themselves a “squad” of progressive women of color. The latest came from rabidly conservative actor James Woods, who hurled an all-too-typical insult women face when they’re seen as stepping out of line. Or so he thought.
For those who don’t recall Shakespeare, Woods was quoting an incantation chanted by the witches in “Macbeth” to begin Act IV. The message was implicit–he was calling AOC, Omar and Tlaib witches.
From the looks of it, many of his followers got the message loud and clear.
But anyone who knows Shakespeare would know that Woods’ attempt to slag AOC, Omar and Tlaib may have actually been a backhanded compliment.
Let’s go back to high school English class, shall we? Specifically, a few minutes after that quote snipped by Woods. The second witch senses Macbeth is on the way and says, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!” Now, if witches are associated with evil, why would they be alarmed about an evil person showing up?
Remember, the witches predicted that Macbeth would become king–but it seems hard to believe that they would have approved of the way he went about it, by murdering Duncan. A pretty convincing argument can be made that the witches were more good than evil.
Woods left MIT one semester before he was due to graduate. You would think that a guy smart enough to get into MIT would have at least considered that the witches may not have been entirely evil.
But then again, we’re talking about a guy who once suggested that it’s “boring” to delve into Russia’s attempt to hack the 2016 election. And we’re talking about who once wailed that AOC “can’t put two words together” on her own–despite ample evidence that she can put far more than two words together. And now he may have been so determined to hurl a cheap shot at AOC and her friends that he may have actually paid them a compliment.
Woods wasn’t the only prominent right-winger who seems to missed the mark in his attempt to hurl a cheap shot at these powerful women. Trumpvangelical pastor Lance Wallnau saw a chance to claim them for the kingdom of God.
As a charismatic/Pentecostal Dem, this tweet had me falling on the floor laughing–and not with holy laughter. Apparently Wallnau didn’t consider the possibility that the Holy Spirit might make these women even smarter and sharper than they are now. Remember, one of the fruits of the Spirit is wisdom. Another backhanded compliment, perhaps?
Woods, Wallnau and others probably know deep down that AOC, Omar, and Tlaib are all going to be in Washington for at least two decades, barring primary challenges. That’s the only explanation for these incessant attacks. But this attempt to dig a whole under them may have been a pat on the back–and Woods and Wallnau may not know it.
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