Former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice caught flak over an audition appearance on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday for challenging the left-wing narrative over critical race theory and Democrats’ obsession with the Jan. 6 protests.
“I thought they didn’t teach critical race theory until they went to like law school or something,” professed Whoopi Goldberg, apparently ignorant of the movement to infect K-12 curriculums with its toxic concepts.
“I sure hope not because I’m not certain 7-year-olds need to learn it,” Rice said.
The ensuing discussion featured what used to be a routine back-and-forth when former Co-Host Meghan McCain was on the show prior to her August exit, as the daytime panelists appeared perplexed at alternate perspectives shared on air.
“I grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama. I couldn’t go to a movie theater or to a restaurant with my parents,” Rice explained. “I went to segregated schools until we moved to Denver. My parents never thought I was going to grow up in a world without prejudice but they also told me, ‘that’s somebody else’s problem, not yours. You’re going to overcome it, and you are going to be anything you want to be.’ And that’s the message that I think we ought to be sending to kids.”
Rice went on to charge the current environment surrounding discussions on race with attempting to indict white Americans with collective guilt.
“One of the worries that I have about the way we’re talking about race, is that it either seems so big that somehow white people now have to feel guilty for everything that happened in the past — I don’t think that’s very productive — or black people have to feel disempowered by race,” Rice said. “I would like black kids to be completely empowered to know that they are beautiful in their blackness, but in order to do that I don’t have to make white kids feel bad for being white.”
A confused Joy Behar had Rice repeat the claim.
“I don’t have to make white children feel bad about being white” in order to teach and overcome the history of second-class citizenship for black Americans, Rice explained again.
As the panel erupted in crosstalk, Co-Host Sara Haines offered examples of California elementary schools instructing students to rank their “privilege” while accelerated courses for the academically gifted are erased in the name of equity.
“It’s happening across the country,” Haines said.
Goldberg responded by regurgitating the false claim that opponents of race-based curriculums seek to erase history lessons from the classroom.
“History is going to be taught,” Goldberg said. “The whole idea of teaching history is so we don’t repeat it.”
“There’s been this rollback of history,” Sunny Hostin chimed in. “People want to hide history … parents don’t want children to hear about the real history.”
Rice rejected the left-wing talking point born out of hysteria against those opposed to state-sponsored woke indoctrination.
“People are being taught the true history,” Rice said. “It goes back to how we teach the history. We teach the good and we teach the bad of history. But what we don’t do is make 7- and 10-year-olds feel that they are somehow bad people because of the color of their skin. We’ve been through that and we don’t need to do that again.”
“That doesn’t seem to be part of the plan,” Behar interjected.
“Oh it is part of the plan,” Rice finished.
The nation’s former chief diplomat also railed against the left’s obsession with the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 that triggered a Democrat impeachment of an outgoing president followed by a witch hunt show trial in the upper chamber a month later. The partisan probe ordered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the recent dark turn of targeting private citizens uninvolved in the turmoil at the Capitol complex, but who instead exercised their right to protest.
“I said at the time Jan. 6 was wrong,” Rice said. “Full stop … I cried that day, because I thought, ‘I studied countries that do this. I didn’t think it would happen in my own country.'”
But, she added, lawmakers who resumed business the same night served as a powerful testament to the vigilance of American institutions.
“I’m one who believes that the American people are now concerned about their, what we call ‘kitchen table issues,’ the price of gasoline, inflation, what’s happening with their kids in school,” Rice said. “We do have a lot of issues, and I hope what we will do is move on to the next generation of leadership.”
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Rice also declined to endorse Biden’s agenda that hinges on colossal spending packages dependent on congressional approval.
“I’m not going to get into whether I think those packages are a good idea,” Rice said, after Goldberg used the opportunity to tout the president’s negotiations with lawmakers on multi-trillion dollar bills.
Condoleezza Rice is clashing with the ladies of #TheView
Condoleezza Rice: The American people have kitchen table issues they are worried about (True)
Whoopi: That's why Biden is trying to pass those fat bills
Rice: Those bills are not a good idea
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Rice’s guest-host tryout was met with the typical hostility that the show’s progressive viewers showed anytime McCain would also score points, sparking a brief trend on Twitter.
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“I was told when I left, they were looking for a real conservative,” McCain told Variety Magazine in an interview published Tuesday. “I gave them a list. None of them have tested.”
Others on “The View’s” rotating line-up include former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, CNN host S.E. Cupp, television host Eboni Williams, former White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah, reality star Cameran Eubanks, CNN’s Mary Katharine Ham, and former GOP congresswoman from Utah Mia Love.