Washington Post opinion columnist Richard Cohen alleged conservatives with “conventional views” had to “repress a gag reflex” when the biracial de Blasio family went on stage after Democrat Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayoral election last week.
Lacking evidence that anyone with “conventional” views said anything negative about de Blasio, a white man who is married to a black woman, Cohen first wrote that “today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party.” Instead, he stated, “it is deeply troubled–about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde.”
He then wrote:
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.