Of course it’s racist. Everything is . . .
In his remarks on President Trump’s condolence phone call to the wife of a fallen US soldier, Chief of Staff John Kelly, alluding to Rep. Frederica Wilson, spoke of “a long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise.”
Appearing on CNN this morning, Wilson said:
“I think that’s a racist term, too. I’m thinking about that. We looked it up in the dictionary, because I have never heard of an empty barrel.”
It’s certainly not flattering to be called an “empty barrel.” But Wilson never explained what was racist about the term. Surely it could be used to describe any vacuous person, regardless of race.
But hey: when in doubt, call it “racist!”
ALISYN CAMEROTA: Well, [General Kelly’s] point was, I think, that — though you’re right, he didn’t get the facts right on that, was that empty barrels make the most noise. And he was using that — he was likening that to you. Basically that you’re —
FEDERICA WILSON: I think that’s a racist term, too. I’m thinking about that one. We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel. And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that.
Update: “Empty Barrel” not Racist
Chris Cillizza of CNN was intrigued by Wilson’s claim that “empty barrel” was racist. He contacted her office for an explanation but got no response. So he did some research into the origins of the term, and concluded, “as far as I can tell, it’s wrong to call what Kelly said racist.”