6. Donny Deutsch: Marco Rubio Is A “Coconut”
Donny Deutsch imagines himself an enlightened “progressive.” But his supposedly liberal values don’t extend to viewing Latinos as individuals capable of independent political thought. In February 2010, the frequent MSNBC contributor trotted out a vile and despicable ethnic slur on HLN’s “Joy Behar Show.” During a segment on the Tea Party movement, Deutsch referred to Cuban-American Republican senatorial candidate Marco Rubio as “this coconut Rubio down in Florida.”
Deutsch later claimed ignorance of the “brown on the outside, white on the inside” implications of the word “coconut.
Deutsch replied on his Twitter account Tuesday night that he was unaware it was a racially-insensitive term.
“I said ‘coconut’ meaning simple, goofy, bananas,” Deustch tweeted. “Wasn’t even aware it could be a racially charged word.”
But as Big Journalism‘s Humberto Fontova points out, this kind of derogatory language is hardly shunned by the leftist media.
In settings like MSNBC (but usually backstage) the term coconut (brown on the outside white on the inside) is generally used to castigate “Hispanics” who ignore marching orders barked by Democratic/MSM drill sergeants—same as “Oreo” for similarly uppity blacks.
To so-called liberals like Donny Deutsch, Marco Rubio and the many other conservative Cuban-Americans are an affront to the idea that Democrats have a permanent lock on the Latino vote. As Fontova explains, “these unspeakable Cuban-Americans simply will not see the light—simply will not politically assimilate.”
There are few things more offensive to the professional Left than a member of a racial or ethnic voting bloc who ignores marching orders and Deutsch is no exception. His only mistake was believing that his allegiance to the Left gave him license to spout his bigotry in front of the cameras without repercussions.