Why identity politics is a bigger threat to the US

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In early May, the White House announced the appointment of Karine Jean-Pierre as the new press secretary, replacing Jen Psaki, who departed a week later per her desire. A statement issued by the White House on May 13 highlighted Jean-Pierre’s experience, talent and integrity that are needed for this position. “She will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the current administration on behalf of the American people,” said the statement.

It did not take Americans long to figure out why US President Joe Biden picked Jean-Pierre to play a vital role in this administration. On her last day at the job, Psaki formally introduced her successor, stressing the points that made Jean-Pierre unique to relay the US presidential message to the American people and the globe. “She will be the first black woman … to serve in this role, which is amazing because representation matters, and she is going to. She will give a voice to so many and allow and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard and dream big, and that matters, and we should celebrate that,” Psaki told reporters in the White House briefing room.

Appointing a White House spokesperson based on her identity instead of achievements was not different from how the US vice president was picked. Prior to being the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential race, Biden publicly promised his voters to put a black woman on the ticket. That is how Kamala Harris was chosen to be his running mate. Since taking office, she has proved her incompetence in all her duties as the second person in command.

According to an article published by the Los Angeles Times, as of May 17, 40 percent of registered voters had a favorable opinion of her, while 52 percent did not. “Last polls show how the favorability of previous vice presidents changed during their first four years in office. Harris’ net favorability is slightly lower than that of former Vice President Mike Pence at this point in their respective tenures, and it is well under the ratings of three previous vice presidents,” the article read.

Another example of how liberals reduce people’s career paths and experiences to gender and race was the appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court. Although Jackson was qualified for the job and was confirmed by the Senate in a bipartisan vote last year, she was considered for the position because she is a black woman. During Biden’s 2020 campaign, he promised to nominate a black woman. “The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity, and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the US Supreme Court,” he said.

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