Twitter Users Slam Chris Christie For Calling Cory Booker ‘Articulate’
POLITICS 02/01/2019 02:18 pm ET Twitter Users Slam Chris Christie For Calling Cory Booker ‘Articulate’ One Twitter user wondered if any white politicians have been described using the word. By David Moye 3.6k Chris Christie may have thought he was paying Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) a compliment by calling him “articulate,” but many Twitter users saw it as a dog whistle .
Booker announced Friday that he was running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination . Considering they are both New Jersey politicos, it was a natural topic for Christie to discuss at an event hosted by The Washington Post the same day.
Christie actually thinks Booker could be a threat to Trump’s re-election prospects.
“Cory Booker: talented, smart, articulate, hope that he stays in this campaign to the roots that I saw him establish in New Jersey,” Christie said. “He was someone who was pro-voucher, he was pro-charter school, he was somebody who was tough on crime in the city of Newark. If he stays in that lane, and is the articulate, inspirational guy that he is, then I think he’s got a legitimate chance to be a serious potential problem for the president in the general election.”
The former New Jersey governor made it clear he liked Booker, but his use of the word “articulate” came across as a patronizing, backhanded compliment.
As AlterNet noted:
“Articulate” is rarely a term applied to anyone besides notable people of color , and it conveys a presumption that the typical black man would not speak very intelligently.
During the primary stages of the 2008 presidential campaign, Joe Biden came under fire when he praised then-opponent Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”
Obama still chose Biden as his running mate.
Many Twitter users also noted that Christie’s compliment came across as a dog whistle:
Thanks for complimenting a black politician on the ability to speak coherently and fluently.
— ?️rad Burns (@mr_burn5) February 1, 2019 Booker is clean too
— truenorth34 (@bluenoserocket1) February 1, 2019 Genuine question: can anyone cite a single instance where a White politician has been described as ‘articulate’ by a Republican? https://t.co/Yo0ftRno46
— Kausik (@kausikdatta22) February 1, 2019 Chris Rock on how Colin Powell always got the same compliment: “‘Speaks so well’ is not a compliment, ok? ‘Speaks so well’ is some shit you say about retarded people that can talk!
He’s a fuckin’ educated man? How the fuck did you expect him to sound?”
— Stephen Perry (@StephenOfTroy) February 1, 2019 Didn’t we just go through “articulate” as a code word? Is Christie that dumb? Apparently.
— OldGrayBeard (@OldGrayBeard1) February 1, 2019 Another dog whistle.
— Angel and Demon (@Godisfemale2) February 1, 2019 Yep. Racist trope bullshit. @GeorgeWill implied yesterday that @amyklobuchar would have a better chance of winning ( than @KamalaHarris ) because she’s a midwesterner (subtext:white) because she isn’t “angry” (subtext: racist “angry black woman” trope). F*ck him.
— Magnificent Beast (@KisforKompromat) February 1, 2019 One person suggested Booker call out Christie the next time they meet.
Please tell your friend @ChrisChristie to stop calling black people “articulate”. Why wouldn’t you be “articulate”?
— KKCH (@howardsan1) February 1, 2019 Download Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Here’s how.
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