Matthew Dowd — chief strategist for the re-election campaign of former President George W. Bush who's now running as a Democrat in the Texas lieutenant governor's race — implied in a tweet that conservatives and Republicans would criticize Jesus as "woke" if he were walking on the planet today.
What are the details?
Dowd said in his Sunday tweet that the thought came to him while sitting in church that "if Jesus were here today he would be accused of being woke. How about we just say it is human decency to treat all with respect and dignity and that it is constitutional to say all men and women are equal."
How did folks react?
Dowd unsurprisingly got plenty of kudos from the left for his observation — but not everybody agreed:
- "Sorry Matthew, but Jesus would not be on the side of the people who think it's acceptable to brutally murder a baby simply because you don't want it," one commenter replied.
- "I'm pretty sure Jesus would say life begins at conception. That there are two sexes and marriage is between one man and one woman," another user offered. "How woke is that?"
- "Judging people on the color of their skin is human decency? Cancel culture a censorship enforced by academia and corporations is human decency? Mob justice over due process is human decency?" another commenter asked.
- "Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Woke people celebrate sin. Woke 'Christians' don't know Jesus, they live compromised sinful lives, censor Bible passages they don't agree with, and hate & judge real Christians for holding firm to God's Word and holy values," another user declared.
- "Are you kidding me? If Jesus was here today, lefties would call him homophobe, racist," another commenter said. "Lefties would be the ones to crucify him today. Because of obvious crazy wokeness. So no, he won't be considered woke. Quite the opposite."
Dowd hits back
With folks fully riled up, Dowd came back for more on Twitter following his initial tweet and hit back at his detractors:
Last week Democratic strategist James Carville angered leftists by blaming Democrat Terry McAuliffe's loss in the Virginia governor's election on "stupid wokeness."
"All right, don't just look at Virginia and New Jersey," Carville said. "Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington. I mean, this 'defund the police' lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln's name off of schools. I mean that — people see that."
Far-left U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn't like Carville's take and ripped him for it, saying the term "woke" is used "almost exclusively used by older people."
Here's more on Dowd — who's hoping to unseat Republican Texas Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick — via Fox News: