Conservative columnist Bethany Mandel found herself at a loss for words during an appearance on The Hill’s morning program “Rising” when cohost Briahna Joy Gray asked to define the word “woke” means.
The clip started with Mandel noting how few Americans consider themselves very liberal, “and probably fewer of them consider themselves to be woke.”
Gray then interrupted her guest, asking, “what does that mean to you? Would you mind defining woke? Because it’s come up a couple of times. I just want to make sure we’re on the same page.”
“So, I mean, woke is sort of the idea that…” Mandel stammered, after which she paused for roughly 10 seconds, though it felt longer. “This is going to be one of those moments that goes viral,” she noted in a remarkably prescient moment of self-awareness.
“I mean, woke is something that’s very hard to define,” she finally proclaimed, though that wasn’t an answer to the question actually asked.
Here, let me help Ms. Mandel: “Woke” is an antonym of ignorance.
Mandel, who has spoken out against COVID-19 mask mandates and other public health measures, dispatched a bitchy tweet last summer about people lined up for the MPV vaccine in Brooklyn, N.Y., saying the virus is transmitted only by “sex with strangers.”
The clip on Twitter alone has over 32 million views.
LOL: Briahna Joy Gray BREAKS the brain of Rising guest Bethany Mandel by asking her to define "wokeness" pic.twitter.com/uwRSSH0LaM
— The Vanguard (@vanguard_pod) March 14, 2023
Nope, that’s not it because M&Ms regardless of color have nothing to do with oppression; nor does kale salad; or goat milk lattes; or Silicon Valley Bank; or a bunch of other random stuff that MAGA Republicans routinely bring up.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 15, 2023
She can define “woke” just fine. But she doesn’t want to expose herself. Woke, to her, is a code word that people like her can use to tap into certain listeners’ bigotries while not having to explicitly defend the propriety of those bigotries.
— Brando Simeo Starkey (@BrandoStarkey) March 15, 2023
— JON CAMPLING #StoryTeller (@joncampling) March 15, 2023
I took 5 seconds to learn the definition. pic.twitter.com/hkKHX9VnoA
— Giggles N Schitt (@YBWoke) March 15, 2023