Rep. Becerra to Al Punto: Voters Are Like Children

October 25th, 2016 8:00 AM

U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) proves once again that Univision's Al Punto is the ultimate safe space for liberal politicians to go and say the wildest things without fear of pushback or criticism. 

This is what the one-time Clinton vice-presidential shortlister had to say in response to host Felix de Bedout's question regarding the "private and public positions" gaffe:

FELIX DE BEDOUT, ANCHOR, UNIVISION: I want to go to one of the aspects of the most recent presidential debate, and something that Hillary Clinton was asked about- and I believe that we were all left waiting for a response. This has to do with WikiLeaks revelations because Candidate Clinton has discussed that this is a process carried out by the Russians- the hacking of the campaign emails and servers- but she didn't answer the question as to what is said in those emails, and what those communications talk about. For example, when she states that she has one public discourse, and then another one in private. Isn't that very serious?

U.S. REP. XAVIER BECERRA (D-CA): Felix, we all...let me ask you something. If you have children or those that do: do you tell your children everything that you're thinking about when you talk privately as parents? Or do we tell our children what we need them to know? This is a conversation that is always going on. That what is said publicly is something (that is) very important, but what we are doing in private is seeing how to manage the issue in order to get to the point where the public can be given the information it needs. But this is not to say that what is being said in private is the opposite of what is said in public. What we are discussing is how to manage the issues in order to give the people the information that they need. What Secretary Clinton has done throughout her life, her work, and her career; what she has done is what she has said. So there is no difference between what she has said and what she has done- what we have to understand is that we are always communicating with any given person, understanding that we must communicate well what it is that we are going to do.   

I've often charged Univision of infantilizing its audience. Even so, the network at least pretends not to insult the intelligence of its viewers. Becerra's blast in deflection of the "public/private position" gaffe is on another level, though. His defense of Clinton is, literally, to accuse the public of not being able to handle facts and of needing to have issues "managed" until such a time as they are ready to hear the truth.

In less than a minute, Becerra exposed the unvarnished arrogance displayed by progressives towards the American electorate, which it apparently views as little more than children unable to comprehend basic issues. 

Univision, which claims to "Rise Up" against such blanket characterizations of Hispanics, seems perfectly at peace with this infantile characterization of its audience. Perhaps it is because Becerra is on the team- or as Chief of All Non-Sports Content Isaac Lee would put it, on the "Allied Expeditionary Force".