'I Think It's Good That Mr. Trump Is Pointing That Out'
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Kathy Miller has just tendered her resignation as Donald Trump’s campaign chair in prominent Mahoning County, Ohio. Miller came under fire after telling The Guardian racism did not exist until President Obama took office, Black people are solely responsible if they are not successful, attacking the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time,” and claiming Black people vote at lower rates than white people, blaming that on how they are raised.
Miller, a real estate agent, resigned her position as Trump campaign chair, but stands by her remarks, except to say she should have said "discrimination," not racism.
"I don't think there was any racism until Obama got elected," Miller told The Guardian. “Growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me. We were just all kids going to school.” She also said she never experienced segregation. “I never experienced it. I never saw that as anything.”
“We never had problems like this ... Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”
“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” Miller told The Guardian's Paul Lewis. Lewis appears stunned in the video interview.
“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”
"I mean, when do they take responsibility for how they live?," she asked. "I think it's good that Mr. Trump is pointing that out." Miller also claimed it is an advantage, not a disadvantage, to be Black in America, and blamed upbringing for what she claims is low voter turnout among African-Americans.
“I don’t think that’s part of the way they’re raised,” she said. “For us, I mean, that was something we all did in our families, we all voted.”
In fact, however, Blacks and whites vote at approximately the same rates. Education and age are much better predictors of voting participation.
The Guardian also notes Miller "dismissed the suggestion that Trump was exploiting racist or prejudiced views among some voters as 'the media making stuff up.'"
"When it was pointed out that some people might find her remarks offensive, Miller replied: 'I don’t care, it’s the truth,'" The Guardian reports.
Image: Screenshot via The Guardian