It’s been a little over a month since news broke of Alexi McCammond rejoining Axios as a national political reporter. And she is making the most of her second act as a political journalist covering the progressive movement and, more broadly, the 2022 midterm election.
An internal memo obtained by The Washingtonian framed the re-hiring of McCammond as welcoming a valued colleague back to the team. Axios editor-in-chief Nick Johnston said there were no excusing McCammond’s old tweets but put them in the context of her time at Axios.
According to Johnston, the controversial tweets first surfaced in 2019 after McCammond challenged Charles Barkley, saying his misogynistic commentary was not funny.
“In response, online trolls dredged up some racist tweets by Lexi from when she was in college,” Johnston explained. “Lexi apologized, in public and in person, during a news meeting, and individually to colleagues. She proved in her words and actions to be a thoughtful colleague.”
But those tweets resurfaced again when McCammond was announced as the new head of Teen Vogue amid reports of rising acts of violence against Asians. Only the Teen Vogue staff, Condé Nast management, and McCammond know what happened in those tense moments.
Publicly she apologized, claiming the past tweets resulted from poor teenage judgment. Shortly after her departure, news broke that one of the staffers who opposed McCammond’s hiring also had inappropriate old tweets.
Since her very public resignation, McCammond worked with NBC News and has made the rounds on MSNBC, including Morning Joe. In June, she sat down with Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, in an NBC segment called “Know Your Value” about the power in supporting Black women-owned businesses. The Wrap reported McCammond first contributed to the NBC vertical in May.
Whether it’s the internet’s duty to forgive, McCammond has pushed forward covering the rise of Black women candidates ahead of 2022, including the Ohio special election to replace Secretary Marcia Fudge.
After resigning from Teen Vogue, McCammond said she was committed to uplifting the voices and experiences of marginalized communities. During her return to Morning Joe in May, McCammond said it had been a painful several weeks for her and acknowledged the pain she caused entire communities when her old tweets resurfaced.
“The last few weeks have been really painful, to be sure,” McCammond told Morning Joe co-host, Mika Brzezinski, “not just for me but for many folks in the AAPI community and others who are hurt by all of this, and I totally understand that, and I’m just really grateful to have the opportunity to be reporting again on the issues that I care about, to really try to help lift up minority voices and the voices of folks from marginalized communities who might not get the coverage that they deserve otherwise.”
Well, she seems to be quietly at work to live up to that commitment. In a recent segment, McCammond called out the Republican strategy for 2022 as doing nothing but keeping the country embroiled in ‘culture wars’ because they have no actual results.
Whatever lies ahead for McCammond, she seems to be trying to balance her expressed duty to the communities she hopes to uplift with the lessons from past harm.
Black Twitter Defends Flo Jo After A Karen Falsely Claimed She Died From Drug Abuse
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Step aside Karens, Claire has entered the chat. https://t.co/1Pnb70cfZ0— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) July 3, 2021
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Somebody quick! Put Claire the Expert on All Things Black Women Adorn Themselves With on the Olympic Committee... STAT! She's sure to catch some Black woman athlete sporting false eyelashes or suspicious lip gloss that make Claire uncomfortable, in the Karen sense... https://t.co/atXQUn7j7d— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) July 3, 2021
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Tell me you're racist without telling me you're racist. Claire will go first. pic.twitter.com/IWKDJkucZE— Jo (@pretendyelling) July 3, 2021
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OMG!— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) July 3, 2021
Claire, SIT ALL THE WAY DOWN!!
You don’t know a damn thing about Black women’s style. But if you seriously think the hair and the nails are real, and thus you can make a claim about “STEROID USE” you are batshit crazy.
Sha’Carri changes her hair and nails for every major https://t.co/eYPsws8bPe
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Florence Griffith Joyner, aka Flo Jo, died from an epileptic seizure caused by a congenital vascular abnormality that caused seizures, NOT FROM DRUG USE.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 3, 2021
CONGENITAL means the condition was present at birth.
Put some RESPECT on her name, you idiotic, racist, troglodyte.#FloJo https://t.co/lqEizFNlpA
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Let me say this again, for the people who came late and had to sit in the back of the church..— Master-Debator (@BRO_GROWUP) July 3, 2021
THERE WILL BE NO FLO JO SLANDER!! I don’t give AF who you are.. pic.twitter.com/Mq33XHIDul
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This crusade you’ve taken up against Sha’Carri and Flo Jo is nothing but white mediocrity and pure misogynoir. https://t.co/hLySxNolQ0— Vigilante Auntie (@hocialize) July 3, 2021
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Imagine being so racist that you stoop to call a Black Olympic Champion an “obvious drug user” with zero proof, since Flo Jo never failed a drug test. Also, these nails are fake. 🥴 HELP US! https://t.co/S0ti2lCHwl— MoneybaggHo (@KirkWrites79) July 3, 2021
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I’m just gonna keep RTing this post about Flo Jo. The disrespect is unbelievable. https://t.co/eL1no8mK8a— GC (@GNCordova) July 3, 2021
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