Democrat Senator Who Claims 'Systemic Racism' Is Member of 'White-Only' Elite Club
Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse still member at exclusive 'all-white' private club
A top Democratic senator, who claims that the United States is inherently "racist" and demands Americans must "root out systemic racism," is still a member of an exclusive "white-only" private beach club, a new report has revealed.
Rhode Island Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had accused President Donald Trump of promoting "racism," claiming he was “toiling to deepen the fault lines in American life.”
He also claimed that Americans “can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms and meet America’s full promise of justice for all.”
However, Whitehouse was grilled by a reporter on Friday about his membership at the "white-only" private Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 2017, Whitehouse told GoLocal’s News Editor Kate Nagle, “I think it would be nice if they (Bailey’s Beach Club) changed a little bit, but it’s not my position.”
He was then was questioned whether he would urge his all-white club to push for diversity, to which he answered, “I will take that up privately.”
On Friday, GoLocal caught up with Whitehouse again, this time asking: “Back in 2017, you had expressed concerns about the membership of the all-white Bailey’s Beach Club.
"You said that you hoped it would become more diverse.
"Now, your family’s been members; your wife is one of the largest shareholders. Has there been any traction in that?
"Are there any minority members of the club now?”
“I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet,” Whitehouse replied.
GoLocal pressed, “Do you have concerns in 2021? Obviously, it’s been four years; you had remarks on the floor following the death of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, saying, hoping to root out systemic racism in the country.
"Your thoughts on an elite, all-white, wealthy club, again, in this day and age: should these clubs continue to exist?”
“It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them,” Whitehouse replied.
“I think we just need to work our way through the issues.”
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D) defends his membership at an all-white private beach club— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) June 20, 2021
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On June 4, 2020, Whitehouse issued a statement accusing Trump of “deepening” racial divisions:
Our country is at a crossroads.
A nation reeling from a pandemic and an economic catastrophe that have disproportionately affected communities of color is mourning the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others.
All the while, President Trump is toiling to deepen the fault lines in American life.
We hear the voices of the peaceful protestors who have marched.
We can and must do better to root out systemic racism in its many forms and meet America’s full promise of justice for all.
"Both Whitehouse and his wife Sandra as well as their families have been members of the club for decades,” Go Local noted.
"Whitehouse did transfer his shares in the club to his wife years ago, and she is now one of the largest shareholders in the all-white club.
"The club’s membership is a who’s who Newport, Palm Beach, and New York wealth.
“Bailey’s Beach Club is not an average private club — it has been described as the most exclusive club in America.”