Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his liberal political opinions.
And like many “beautiful” people, he often echoes the same liberal slogans that we hear in the media.
But now Republican U.S. Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio just turned the usually sharp-tongued billionaire into a rambling mess – by pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of the NBA franchise owner.
A tale of two Senators
Ohio residents have two very different U.S. Senators.
Their senior Senator is Democrat Sherrod Brown – who is up for re-election in 2024.
Sen. Brown campaigns like a moderate, old-school liberal, but when he’s in Washington, D.C., he votes virtually 100% of the time with the radical wing of his party.
Then there’s the Buckeye State’s junior Senator, J.D. Vance – who won the seat in one of the few bright spots for the Grand Old Party in the 2022 midterms.
Sen. Vance is a conservative-populist who is part of the America First, MAGA wing of the Republican Party.
In his relatively short time in the Upper Chamber, Vance has shown a willingness to pick fights with extremists in both the worlds of politics and culture.
And Vance’s latest war of words came at the expense of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban – When the Hillbilly Elegy author called out the billionaire for his rampant virtue-signaling hypocrisy.
Ashley St. Clair vs. Mark Cuban
Last week, Cuban debated the Babylon Bee’s Ashley St. Clair about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in corporate America.
St. Clair explained the important difference between “equality” and “equity” – and pointed out that DEI programs could actually be unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.
Cuban – unable to best her in the battlefield of ideas — deliberately twisted St. Clair’s argument and mockingly said: “So, what you are saying is that when done well, DEI is a goal every company should have?”
The billionaire tech executive then tried gaslighting about what DEI is – claiming it was nothing more than accentuating the positives and eliminating the negatives of your employees.
He went on to add that the Mavericks practice DEI, and it’s just good business.
“In the IBM video, their CEO says he wants the demographics of IBM to reflect the entire country,” Cuban said.
Could it be that’s what puts his company in the best position to succeed?
And that’s when Vance pounced.
J.D. Vance vs. Mark Cuban
Vance hit Cuban with his own hypocrisy.
Do the Dallas Mavericks reflect the demographics of America as a whole? https://t.co/FT72W3kS9V
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) January 4, 2024
“Do the Dallas Mavericks reflect the demographics of America as a whole?”
Vance’s point was that meritocracy is what breeds success – hiring the best people for the job, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, or any other identity politics lines the Left uses to divide Americans.
The Mavericks basketball team is made up of all men — and almost all of them are black, with the remaining two roster spots going to European nationals.
That’s hardly matches the demographics of the United States.
Not to mention, they’re all far taller than the national average.
But they got the job because they’re the best at what they do.
If you were trying to make a stupid comment, you nailed it.
First, as an organization as a whole, yes we do.
More importantly, if you understand the value of DEI, it's not in checklists and quotas , it's in understanding how to best compete as a company.
We hire the… https://t.co/GS7t14zl9U
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) January 4, 2024
Things got bad for Cuban when he tried to answer Vance’s rhetorical question.
“If you were trying to make a stupid comment, you nailed it,” Cuban childishly respondent in elementary school fashion.
“First, as an organization as a whole, yes, we do. More importantly, if you understand the value of DEI, it’s not in checklists and quotas, it’s in understanding how to best compete as a company. We hire the people who put us in the best position to succeed.”
Of course, Vance didn’t mean the organization as a whole – he was talking about the handful of individuals who get paid millions of dollars to play a game for a living with the goal of winning championships.
The Ohio Senator wasn’t talking about the Maverick’s marketing team or human resources department – that don’t help them win championships.
Furthermore, what Cuban went on to outline wasn’t DEI at all – it was a meritocracy.
“Checklists and quotas” are exactly what DEI is – and Cuban acknowledged as much when he suggested that the organization as a whole followed the Demographics of the nation.
Hiring people who “put you in the best position to succeed” goes completely against the aims of DEI.
Which was exactly the point Vance had made all along.