Democrat Governor Slammed for Saying Black Kids in the Bronx Don’t Know What a Computer Is

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is on the defensive after making a mind boggling comment about a certain segment of kids in the Empire State. The Democrat politician claimed Black students in the Bronx are unfamiliar with… computers.

On Thursday’s show, Megyn was joined by Mr. Birchum star Roseanne Barr to discuss the racially charged remarks and what it reveals about the left.

Hochul’s Comments

Hochul was in California on Monday speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference. While the discussion primarily centered around her $400 million Empire AI initiative that recently passed as part of the New York state budget, the governor also made an ill-fated reference to tech literacy in the Black community.

HOCHUL: So now what we have is the money to build a phenomenal supercomputer that is going to be accessible to researchers in New York, college students, and I want others to follow. Because right now we have, you know, young black kids growing up in the Bronx who don’t even know what the word ‘computer’ is. They don’t know. They don’t know these things. And I want the world opened up to all of them.

The comment reportedly went unchecked in the moment, but it did not take long for politicians representing the New York City borough and social media more generally to have a field day with the claim.

After the outcry, Hochul tried to walk back her comment. “I misspoke and I regret it,” she said in a statement. “Of course Black children in the Bronx know what computers are — the problem is that they too often lack access to the technology needed to get on track to high-paying jobs in emerging industries like AI. That’s why I’ve been focused on increasing economic opportunity since Day One of my Administration, and will continue that fight to ensure every New Yorker has a shot at a good-paying job.”

Out-of-Touch Liberals

While Hochul’s shocking comment got some play locally, Megyn said the story has not received nearly enough attention. “It’s gotten like a couple of mentions here or there,” she noted. “But no one has blown this up into a career-ending thing for her.”

The reason? The liberal media and elite, Megyn said, are likely of the same belief. “Now, she says ‘I misspoke’… but [she] did not,” she explained. “She said what she really believes and the reason there is no blowback is because they agree with her. These people who are lecturing everybody about race all the time don’t see anything wrong with what she said.”

In Barr’s view, it is because people like Hochul live in their own bubble. “The only Black people they know are in their circle, and they probably don’t know any working or middle class Black people,” she said. “They just live in a bubble of very privileged, wealthy people.”

The out-of-touch attitude is, in her opinion, by design. “They don’t care about the American people… and they don’t like the American workers,” Barr concluded. “They’d like to replace us all.”

You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Barr by tuning in to episode 787 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.