On Saturday, Fausta’s Blog posted an interview from Bloomberg TV that slipped under the radar in the last few weeks, wherein Mark Halperin got uncomfortably weird and painfully white while interviewing Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Here is the Digitas clip of the segment.
It is a comic tragedy unto itself. Fausta, in the dangerous state of “outraged while Puerto Rican,” had a terrific rant that ended, appropriately, with bésame el culo. Kiss my …
The absurdity of the situation is outweighed only by how disgusting it is.
It is arguably fair to ask Cruz if he has identified himself as Hispanic on any official paperwork in his life, although a bit silly. It’s not 1/32nd of a father, it’s his actual father who is from Cuba. But the rest is just downright insulting. Demanding his favorite food, his favorite singer. You claim your family is Hispanic? Well prove it!
But just when you think you’ve hit peak stupid, Halperin manages to accelerate to Mucho, insisting that Cruz say something in Spanish. You can’t make this up. Mark Halperin demanded Ted Cruz say something in Spanish, like a child being called to the carpet for telling fibs. No so fast, Señator Cruz, if that is your REAL nombre.
Imagine for a moment asking Harry Reid to quote the Book of Mormon, or Elizabeth Warren to roll a peace pipe. Or how about a “serious journalist” asking half-white Barack Obama to prove his first black President bona fides. What would they ask him, one wonders.
But it goes to show what liberal media means when they talk about identity. As with gender, it’s not really about how you were born, or who you were born to, or even where you come from. It’s whether or not you meet the minimum group think standard for your chosen demographic accoutrement.
So for them, Warren is native American because that’s how she feels. And Ted Cruz can’t be Hispanic because, duh: Republican!
Ay dios mio!