I reported about Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) getting nailed big time by local media over his membership in the all-white, exclusive Bailey Beach Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
The issue had been raised with him four years ago in 2017, but GoLocalProv nailed him on it again this weekend.
His response? “I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet.”
He was also asked, “Should these clubs continue to exist?”
“It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island, and there are many of them, and I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you,” replied Whitehouse.
What a horrible answer for a problem he’s known about for years. He doesn’t even seem particularly bothered. So the fact that it’s a “long tradition” is just cool to him. He’s known about it for years and is still there. Not only has he kept his membership, as I reported, but his wife is one of the largest shareholders in the club. So he isn’t just a random member. They actually have a stake in the club.
So how have the media and Democrats dealt with this in response?
Perhaps this best explains it when you Google Whitehouse’s name. We ran the story yesterday. Google search today doesn’t reveal any national outlets covering the story apart from Fox and the New York Post.
What's missing here? pic.twitter.com/uedNvKtiWg
— Dr. Nickarama (@nickaramaOG) June 21, 2021
So no apparent stories from CNN or MSNBC. As we noted, Kenneth Vogel of The New York Times tweeted about the GoLocalProv story and made it clear he thought it a story.
Here is how one lifelong member of Bailey’s Beach Club described its membership back in 2003:
“Jewish, yes. … Blacks, not really.” https://t.co/h01FVEeVPb
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) June 20, 2021
Yet, there’s no story from The Times that pops up if you Google Whitehouse and The Times.
Now, we all know that if this had been a Republican member of Congress, a Republican senator, the media would be all over it in a red hot minute. Why doesn’t this matter to the media when it’s a Democrat?
Not only that, but instead of understanding that this is wrong and should be condemned, we have no Democrats coming out and calling on Whitehouse to drop the club. Not one at last check, not even the far left ones.
But we do have Democrats/liberals defending him and trying to deflect from the story.
This may be the worst take ever from journalist liberal Amee Vanderpool.
In case you were wondering what this latest GOP smear attempt against Sheldon Whitehouse is all about, I assure you: it's not about his exclusive beach club membership.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 21, 2021
So, it’s somehow Mitch McConnell’s fault that Whitehouse’s family has belonged to a restrictive club for years? And that his wife is a majority shareholder?
But this seems to be the deflection angle around which they are coalescing, never mind how hypocritical and ridiculous it is.
The @GOP could not care less that Sheldon Whitehouse belongs to a beach club similar to clubs in which most Republicans have membership. They only care about his fight to end dark money buying elections and our legislator’s votes. https://t.co/uaYhU22PNn
So, if he belongs to a club whose membership is basically limited to white people, that’s cool as long as he is attacking Republicans? That’s what you’re saying here. This is twisted, but this is where some of them are at.