Rantz: Kshama Sawant blasted for angry tweet about Barbara Bush
Less than 24 hours after the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant blasted a tribute that simply said “Rest in peace and power, Barbara Bush.”
The well wishes were sent by the Women’s March official Twitter account. And it was too much for Sawant. She called the tweet “terrible.”
This is terrible. @womensmarch organizers have helped lead historic protests since Trump’s election but this tweet shows how, without a political compass, even well-meaning progressives can end up giving cover to ruling class & ultimately undermining struggles against oppression. pic.twitter.com/AS3jzE7l1Y
— Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) April 18, 2018
She’s getting blasted in response. Most of which we can’t reprint.
You’re Politics is sick with resentment, and anger. Explains why we have seen little as far as solutions to our homeless explosion, but a significant increase in vitriolic political rhetoric.
— Sara (@breretonsm) April 18, 2018
What is wrong with you? The woman died. It’s not like she was a dictator. There’s nothing wrong with expressing condolences. Lest you not forget she did a lot for children’s literacy. I may not have agreed with her politically but dissing her is low.
— Sean Quinn (@SeanHQuinn) April 18, 2018
— #EdgarHOF (@avance88) April 18, 2018
The reaction is justified. Sawant betrays her own brand by attacking someone who is recently deceased to push some half-baked political position about covering the ruling class. You don’t undermine struggles of anyone when you say RIP to an influential, powerful, non-controversial female political figure. Bush played no role in any of the fights Sawant is currently engaged in. Like Sawant, ironically, Bush was anti-Trump.
If you’d like to put historical context to the life of the First Lady, I suppose you can do it. But it seems despicable to take such a petty issue with a tweet that harmed absolutely no one.