Last week, Democratic vice presidential nominee and United States Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) went viral when she danced in the rain at a Florida rally to Mary J. Blige's "Work That."
Amidst a brutal campaign season and a calamitous state of the union, the Senator's moment of levity was welcomed by supporters in attendance.
But while onlookers and supporters may have enjoyed the moment, conservative writer Peggy Noonan did not.
Noonan, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan, is currently facing backlash for her description of Harris dancing at the event, writing:
"She's the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she's going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she's coming across as insubstantial, frivolous. When she started to dance in the rain onstage, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Mary J. Blige's 'Work That,' it was embarrassing."
Meanwhile, Noonan praised Trump's President Donald Trump's rallies as "big, boisterous, and frequent," writing that they could be evidence that the race between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is closer than the country thinks. In praising Trump's rallies, Noonan didn't mention that Trump has frequently danced onstage to the Village People at his own rallies.
Noonan's scrutiny of Harris, coupled with her praise for Trump, reeked of a racist double standard and was widely criticized online.
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) discussed the matter on air—and they addressed Noonan directly in no uncertain terms.
"When you're a white woman and you're a Republican, there's just certain stuff culturally that you don't know jack bleep about, and you should keep your mouth shut when—I mean, what is that line in there about dancing to a drum beat? This, to me, felt tone-deaf. It felt nasty. It felt personal and it felt bitchy."
After taking a "deep breath," McCaskill said:
"I'll tell her what's embarrassing right now. Listen up, Peggy. Here's what's embarrassing: a President that pays off porn stars. A President that pulls babies out of the arms of their mothers. A President who says he likes to grab women by the you-know-what. A President who uses the White House for campaign events. A President who praises white supremacists."
"And, yes, even a President who can't dance, doesn't know how to show joy or empathy, and tries to do some kind of ridiculous arm thrust to 'YMCA.' That is what is embarrassing. Kamala Harris is anything but embarrassing. She's uplifting. She is inspirational. She is strong and substantial, and she's gonna be one hell of a vice president."
People praised them for not holding back.
Meanwhile, criticism of Noonan's piece continues.
The election deciding whether or not Harris will be the first woman and first Black vice president is on November 3, but early voting has begun in at least 40 states.