‘Obama Is A Raggedy Black Supremacist’: Sen. Vance Slams Biden FCC Nominee Over Racially Charged Tweets

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Ohio Republican Senator J.D. Vance on Tuesday slammed President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over racially charged Tweets.

Gigi Sohn sat before Congress for hearings Tuesday and was questioned by various senators, including Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Biden renominated Sohn for the position after her initial nomination failed amid disputes over previous left-wing activism.

Vance took aim at Tweets previously shared by Sohn, providing her with a hypothetical where he replaced the names and races of those mentioned in the Tweets.

“‘President Obama is a raggedy black supremacist president and his cowardly enablers would rather kill everybody than stop killing white people.’ Do you think a person who said that should be appointed or confirmed to the FCC?”

“I didn’t quite get that, could you just re-read that, would you mind,” Sohn said.

Vance then re-read the Tweet and asked Sohn the same question.

“I would need to know more of the context,” Sohn said, before Vance said he personally does not believe that type of person should be nominated or confirmed.

“You retweeted the exact same thing, only with ‘President Trump’ instead of ‘President Obama,’ and the races [were] reversed,” Vance responded. “Let me read you another Tweet and let me ask you if this is an acceptable thing for an FCC commissioner. ‘Angry black woman, not a good look, Judge Brown Jackson.’ Would a person who tweeted that pejoratively be deserving of the position that you’re seeking?”

“Seeing it has nothing to do with the position that they’re seeking so not necessarily,” Sohn said, before acknowledging she tweeted something about Supreme Court Justice Judge Brett Kavanaugh. (RELATED: Biden’s FCC Pick Gigi Sohn Cut Sweetheart Deal With Broadcasters One Day After Nomination)

Sohn previously posted a similar Tweet to the hypothetical proposed by Vance, in which Kavanaugh’s name and race were written instead of Jackson’s, the senator said during the hearing. (RELATED: Biden’s FCC Pick Gigi Sohn Cut Sweetheart Deal With Broadcasters One Day After Nomination)

“We live in a country that’s very diverse … and one of the things that preserves what little racial comity and harmony we have in this country is that our leaders don’t use that racial comity and harmony like a toddler who discovered their daddy’s gun. You talk about racial issues in a way that will inflame the very worst things in our country. And I fear that if you’re given this position of authority, you will use that authority to continue to inflame and to continue, potentially even, to censor, based on some of these ideas,” Vance said.

Sohn was originally nominated in October 2021. The Senate never held a confirmation vote for her after two nomination hearings, as Senate Commerce Committee members scrutinized her history as a director at the now-defunct online streaming service, Locast. A judge ruled Locast violated copyright law after broadcasters sued the company for retransmitting local broadcasts.