The hysteria and hypocrisy that characterizes modern American politics seems to be worse by the day on both sides of the political aisle. One of the latest examples of distemper is an attack on the woman who was placed behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for his hearings. Handlers will often put someone over the shoulder of a nominee for the right optics to reflect his supporters. With attacks over his view of Roe v. Wade, it is not surprising that the White House chose a young former female clerk of Kavanaugh named Zina Gelman Bash. Bash however found herself being called a white supremacist for flashing an “OK” gesture associated with the “white power” movement. It seems clearly to be just the arbitrary positioning of her hands but liberal bloggers like Amy Siskind, president and co-founder of the feminist advocacy group New Agenda, went into full riot over the alleged reveal of Bash’s white power links. The problem is that Bash has Jewish roots and Mexican heritage and has absolutely no ties or association with such groups. She simply crossed her arms and fingers during the long hearing. It is the ultimate sign of our times in how we have lost all decency and decorum in our politics.
Bash is the wife of U.S. Attorney John Bash and now works for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
When her fingers moved in a way to form an OK sign, Siskind went into full delerium: “What fresh hell is this!!!??? Kavanaugh’s assistant Zina Bash giving the white power sign right behind him during the hearing? This alone should be disqualify!!!”
The preposterous suggestion was quickly denounced and Siskind deleted the tweet but reportedly still said the media should ask Bash about the gesture, noting that “it’s not a natural resting position.”
I guess nothing is a “normal resting position” in today’s politics, including painting a woman (who has a Jewish father and grandparents who escaped the holocaust) a white supremacist.
The conspiracy didn’t slow down even after some pointed out that Bash had a Mexican mother and a Jewish father, while her grandparents only narrowly escaped the Holocaust. Nevertheless, actress Kelly Mantle tweeted “This neo-nazi is Zina Bash. She’s intentionally throwin up White Power signs at a Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearing. On national TV. She works for Kavanaugh & is also one of the writers for Trump’s immigration policy. This is their new Amerikkka.”
The “new Amerikkka” would seem threatened by the arbitrary and vicious attacks of people for supporting people you don’t like.
To say the least, this is not OK.