The term "Karen"—a descriptor for a (typically White) woman expressing entitlement or difficulty beyond the scope of what is appropriate—has skyrocketed in popularity after viral videos of "Karens" refusing to wear masks, demanding to speak to the manager, or yelling at strangers have hit the internet.
Some factions of the Republican party, however, have come to erroneously view the word as an ethnic slur towards White women.
The National Republican Congressional Committee was apparently not aware of that when it responded to Kurt Schlichter—a supporter of President Donald Trump's who'd grown annoyed at the committee's texts for donations.
They attempted to clap back at him, invoking "Karen" to do so.
This text raised $198,021 toward electing conservatives to Congress. But we'll certainly pass your complaints on to… https://t.co/vf3G0BJL9j— NRCC (@NRCC) 1595860690.0
Far-Right Fox News host Tucker Carlson—who has previously called the Iraqi people "semiliterate, primitive monkeys"—accused the Committee of using "ethnic slurs."
Anyone know why the NRCC is using ethnic slurs? https://t.co/he7Au7yZ0e— Tucker Carlson (@Tucker Carlson) 1595871981.0
Other Republicans quickly followed suit.
@NRCC I’m a Republican. This was inappropriate. https://t.co/pkZSVMNYes— Tami Piscotty (@Tami Piscotty) 1595946783.0
I stopped @NRCC texts because of this crap. Not to mention the number of texts a day was downright annoying. https://t.co/jzcE2z1AMm— Samijk (@Samijk) 1595941148.0
NRCC sounds more and more like a Democrat project to sabotage Republican. @TeamTrump and @GOP needs to address thi… https://t.co/GbiNeQhEd9— Edward J. R. Black (@Edward J. R. Black) 1595940840.0
Why is the @NRCC using an ethnic slur? But more importantly, the NRCC/Trump strategy of shaming people into donati… https://t.co/aoaunWi2XY— Benjamin Pollock (@Benjamin Pollock) 1595936729.0
Arrogant, incompetent and obnoxious. Must be the NRCC. If they fired every mediocrity there right down to the janit… https://t.co/6c8V1WmSy6— John Hawkins (@John Hawkins) 1595915638.0
The Trump campaign and arms of the Republican National Committee have recently faced criticisms from members of their own party for incessant text messages to supporters asking for money in a manner that many find patronizing and guilting.
Critics of Trump weren't mad to see the infighting among the party, especially over the word "Karen."
i’m reading this entire thread with the peace that everyone is wrong https://t.co/RwGWFl8oJB— william (@william) 1595947484.0
Republicans eating their own. https://t.co/8fIkfCkYnC— Sweet Willies (@Sweet Willies) 1595947113.0
Interesting. And the infighting begins... https://t.co/bdSHZvL0yL— Kinda Angry Female U.S. Air Force Officer (Ret) (@Kinda Angry Female U.S. Air Force Officer (Ret)) 1595941871.0
Conservatives in Congress? Conservatives in Congress really are a complete joke. #Trump2020 https://t.co/nolD9lxoGz— Rog (@Rog) 1595921093.0
The NRCC has not responded to criticisms of the word "Karen."