Last month Democrat Congresswoman Cindy Axne was caught on Zoom disparaging those who are not taking the COVID vaccine and “the Christian Right.” If you missed it, find it below:
“All the anti-vaxxer crazies are out there with their…their…it’s a hot mess,” she said. “I’ll be honest you know, Christian Right is, you know, everything under the guise while they hold a cross for God or whatever. And they use it like a weapon and it’s painful to watch because they’ve weaponzied religion, they’ve weaponized politics.”
— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) September 30, 2021
Carlson pointed out it wasn’t Christians shutting down abortion clinics, but politicians shutting down churches during COVID.
We tried finding KCCI’s story about the comments, but it doesn’t appear in a Google search. Nothing from WHO-TV either.
We were able to find stories from Radio Iowa, Iowa Capital Dispatch, the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune and The Des Moines Register, but they were all written with Axne’s response dictating the story.
Must be nice to have that kind of white liberal privilege.
Axne claimed Carlson took her words out of context. As if there is some context where it would be acceptable to say what she said about a religious community. Or maybe, to her, it is OK since she was talking about those crazy Christians and not religious minorities like, oh, I don’t know, muslims whom I am almost certain she’d never say anything similar about.
Axne, who touted her Catholicism, said she is frustrated by people “who use religious as a way to deny science and pur our comunities at risk.”
In the Register’s story, for example, Axne’s comments from the video are not detailed sixth paragraph, unless the reader clicks on a link earlier in the story to watch the video.
But Axne’s response is what crafts the story, taking up the first two paragraphs.
“My faith has taught me charity, to love and protect my neighbor and to seek to help others. When people use that faith to justify their lack of care for others, especially in the midst of a devastating health crisis, I’m going to call it out.”
Prior to getting to the meat of the story — Axne’s original comments — the Register brought up the Ankeny School Board meeting and said one member of the public threatened to stalk board members at their homes — even though he immediately clarified he meant protest rather than stalk.
His clarification, which came in a matter of seconds or minutes, didn’t make it into print for the Register. But Axne’s clarificiation overshadowed her incredibly bigoted comments and defined the story.
Again. That is some sort of white liberal privilege on display.
Had a Republican said anything close to what Axne said about one of the Left’s many protected classes, they would have been roasted. The first story certainly wouldn’t have been from their perspective, it would’ve been simply exposing what they said.
But that didn’t happen in this case. She was treated much differently than a Republican would have been if roles were reversed. It is yet another example of the double standard in today’s media climate.