Fox News reported that First Lady Jill Biden became the target of furious, racially charged criticism this week.
The controversy arose after she suggested inviting both the winning and losing teams from the women's national college championship game this past weekend.
The winning team, Louisiana State University (LSU), has a roster that is largely black whereas the losing University of Iowa's lineup is majority white.
That led black nationalist religious leader Bishop Talbert Swan to allege that Biden's remarks were racially motivated, saying, "Jill Biden is a white woman."
Jill Biden is a white woman.
Of course she wants the president to invite the team of predominantly white women that lost when the winning team of Black woman come to the White House.
She wants to give white women the same privilege that Black women earned.
This is America.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 4, 2023
Left-wing political commentator and former Clinton administration aide Keith Boykin declared that the "White House needs to walk this back as soon as possible."
When Black women win a national championship, they should not be forced to share the stage with the losing team.
Black women are the most loyal constituency of the Democratic Party. The White House needs to walk this back as soon as possible.https://t.co/0dqZ2NVShm
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 4, 2023
BET news anchor Marc Lamont Hill insisted that the dual invitation was reflective of Biden's skin color, complaining, "Whiteness is a helluva drug."
If Iowa had won, you think the Bidens would be inviting LSU? Of course not… Whiteness is a helluva drug! https://t.co/6GQV8ZDnGl
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) April 4, 2023
Meanwhile, NFL Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe criticized the first lady during an episode of Fox Sports 1's "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed," saying, "Winners get a trophy. That's what life is about."
"Come on, Dr. Biden. You know better than this. Did you forget who helped put your husband in the White House?" Sharpe added, referring to the large number of African Americans who vote Democrat.
"You gonna find out a very serious, hard lesson in ’24. [Joe] will be like a Kentucky or Duke freshman. You’ll be one-and-done," he predicted.
Shannon Sharpe goes off on Jill Biden for wanting to invite Iowa and LSU to the White House pic.twitter.com/Z6BvZmmc1P
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) April 4, 2023
Vanessa Valdivia is a spokeswoman for the first lady's office, and Fox News noted that she appeared to walk back the comments in question by declaring that Biden "looks forward to celebrating the LSU Tigers on their championship win at the White House."