A postcard on Pinterest depicting an idyllic illustration of an elegant white and blue building hard by a pristine beach is labeled “Bailey’s Beach Club, Newport, RI: The one and only beach club that delivers on ‘the promise.’ For real.” What promise might that be? If you’re thinking it’s the promise of an end to the white supremacy scourge that, in the eyes of today’s Democrats, has been a blight on our nation since its founding, think again.
Bailey’s Beach Club has long been and remains to this day an “all-white” refuge. Which is to say that all members are people of pallor.
But if Bailey’s is stuck in the past, one of its longstanding members offers the assurance that the people who run the place are “working on that.” The member’s name is Sheldon Whitehouse. His current job is U.S. senator from Rhode Island.
The issue of Whitehouse’s conspicuous hypocrisy is nothing new. In August of 2020, the Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles wrote, “Most libs would immediately apologize and surrender if pressured by the woke mob to cancel their membership at one of the most exclusive, all-white beach clubs in the country. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) is not most libs.”
Whitehouse was interviewed again recently. A video and transcript follow.
Reporter: OK. Back in 2017, you had expressed concerns about the membership of the all-white Bailey’s Beach Club’s. You said that you want to become more diverse. Now, your families has 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?
Sheldon Whitehouse: I think the people who are running the place are still working on that, and I’m sorry it hasn’t happened yet.
Reporter: Do you have concerns in 2021 — I mean, obviously it’s been four years. You had remarks on the floor following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, saying, you know, hoping to root out systemic racism in the country. Your thoughts on elite, all-white, wealthy club, again, in this day and age? Should this clubs continue to exist?
Whitehouse: It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them, and I think we just need to work our way through the issues. Thank you.