Sen. Tom Cotton torches Google AI system as ‘racist, preposterously woke, Hamas-sympathizing’

by Jamie Joseph at

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., slammed Google’s AI chatbot Gemini as “preposterously woke” on Friday for its refusal to produce any images of White people. 

The company paused the chatbot’s image generation on Thursday after social media users pointed out that the system was creating inaccurate historical images that sometimes replaced White people, like the Founding Fathers, with images of Black, Native American and Asian people.

“Google deserves condemnation for creating a racist, preposterously woke, Hamas-sympathizing AI system,” Cotton said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter. “Republican lawmakers will remember this the next time Google comes asking for antitrust help.”

Cotton pointed out that “the problem also lies at the White House,” which pushed an executive order last year that bolsters “AI safety and security, protects Americans’ privacy, advances equity and civil rights,” according to an October Biden-Harris fact sheet.

“This debacle is a good reminder of why federal control over AI would be a disaster,” Cotton continued. “It would force every AI system to be as broken and as dishonest as Google’s.”