Justice Antonin Scalia made remarks in court today that raised a lot of eyebrows and revealed what some are calling a racist point of view.Â
During oral arguments WednesdayÂ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggestedÂ affirmative action was actually harmful to Blacks because it allows them into schools that are too advanced for them.
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well,” Scalia said while hearing Fisher v. University of Texas.
“One of the [amicus] briefs pointed out that most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
The University of Texas has what is called a race-blind program that accepts 75 percent of incoming students without regard to race. Race is a factor considered for 25 percent of the other accepted students. Scalia suggested it would be perfectly OK if the University of Texas had fewer Black students.
“I’m just not impressed by the fact the University of Texas may have fewer [Blacks],” Mother Jones reports the 79-year old Reagan appointed Supreme Court Justice saying.
“Maybe it ought to have fewer. I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many Blacks as possible.”
The case was brought by a white woman who believes she was denied admission because a Black student was given preference over her.
Some responses via Twitter:
As a scientist, Scalia’s argument is objectively incorrect. As a principled human being, it’s intolerably loathsome. pic.twitter.com/EFyMKMt9X0
â€” John Borghi (@JohnBorghi) December 9, 2015
In related news, Scalia is on a “slower track” to acknowledging African Americans their humanity. https://t.co/lr5P0wGekB
â€” Benjamin Park (@BenjaminEPark) December 9, 2015
Dear Justice Scalia, Before affirmative action, we had a system that saw George W. Bush somehow matriculate to Yale. Is that a slow school?
â€” Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) December 9, 2015
Scalia evokes this particularly disgusting brand of racism that has deep roots in “compassionate” colonialism. Basically goes something+
â€” Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) December 9, 2015
Is overt racism grounds for impeaching a SCOTUS justice? Asking for a Scalia.
â€” Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) December 9, 2015
@lizcgoodwin Scalia sounds like Trump, all the way down to the stammering.
â€” Philip Stinard (@pstinard) December 9, 2015
A vote for Republicans in 2016 is a vote for 2-3 MORE Scalia’s on the SCOTUS.
â€” Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) December 9, 2015
#SCOTUS Justice Scalia says affirmative action sends black kids to schools that are too advanced for them. Is this:
â€” Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) December 9, 2015
If I listened to #Scalia I never would have applied to and graduated from 2 Ivy League schools. This level of ignorance is dangerous.
â€” Vanessa K. De Luca (@Vanessa_KDeLuca) December 9, 2015
@politicspodcast Scalia is a straight up RACIST & doesn’t even hide it. But sits on the nation’s highest court for life.
â€” Mike O’Hara (@mediumvillain) December 9, 2015
Jesus, Scalia really went there. Does he think Clarence Thomas was sent to a school too advanced for him?
â€” Gus Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯ (@Gus_802) December 9, 2015
So, Scalia thinks that some sort of “separate and unequal” college system is called for? Pure jiggery-pokery
â€” Fred (@freeloosedirt) December 9, 2015
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Trump Uses Crude Anti-LGBTQ Language – Aides Stunned by Obsession With Staffers’ Sexuality: New Book
Donald Trump often asked oddly personal questions about staffers’ sexuality and made homophobic remarks about those he perceived might be gay, according to a new book.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book, “The Decider,” reveals that Trump’s obsession with appearing to be masculine drives his startling behavior, such as a meeting early in his administration with vice president Mike Pence and campaign aide Jason Miller, whom he declared certainly “likes the ladies,” according to excerpts published by The Daily Beast.
“You know how sometimes someone turns out to be gay later and you knew?” Trump said, according to the book. “This guy, he isn’t even like one percent gay.”
Trump was preoccupied with speculation about who in his orbit might be gay, and often mocked Trump Organization executive Alan Marcus as “queer” and “bragged that he paid the executive less,” Haberman reported, and former employees said he would show off photos of women with whom he claimed to have know intimately.
“They also recalled Trump mocking gay men, or men who were seen as weak, with the words ‘queer’ or ‘f*ggot,’” Haberman wrote.
Haberman described one episode from a week before the second presidential debate in 2016, when then-adviser Reince Priebus asked Trump a hypothetical question from the point of view of a female transgender student about using the girls’ restroom — prompting a response that prompted stunned silence.
“C*cked or dec*cked?” Trump asked.
An unspecified individual broke the awkward silence by suggesting “dec*cked,” and Trump responded by making a chopping gesture.
“With c*ck or without c*ck?” he said, according to Haberman.
An adviser asked what difference that made, and Trump suggested that detail would determine how he answered the question.
“What if a girl was in the bathroom and someone came in, lifted up a skirt, and a schlong was hanging out?” Trump said, according to the book.
Watch: Cruz Only ‘No’ Vote After Railing Against Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Another Coup
The Senate Rules Committee voted 14-1 to advance the Electoral Count Act, legislation designed to prevent another coup like the one led by defeated President Donald Trump, and Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, on January 6, 2021. Every Democrat and every Republican except the junior GOP Senator from Texas voted for the legislation.
The bill is even supported by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But according to Sen. Cruz, who once bragged he was “leading the charge” to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, the bill is “all about” Donald Trump.
With so many stories published about the GOP’s efforts to keep Trump in the White House despite Joe Biden winning both the popular vote and the Electoral College by large margins, some may have missed The Washington Post‘s reporting back in March the shows “just how deeply” Sen. Cruz “was involved, working directly with Trump to concoct a plan that came closer than widely realized to keeping him in power.”
“As Cruz went to extraordinary lengths to court Trump’s base and lay the groundwork for his own potential 2024 presidential bid, he also alienated close allies and longtime friends who accused him of abandoning his principles,” the Post notes.
“Cruz’s efforts are of interest to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in particular whether Cruz was in contact with Trump lawyer John Eastman, a conservative attorney who has been his friend for decades and who wrote key legal memos aimed at denying Biden’s victory.”
On Tuesday Cruz railed against the Electoral Count Act, which would make the January 6 attempt to overturn the election at least more difficult, as his fellow Republicans seemed to ignore his outburst.
“This bill is all about Donald J. Trump,” Cruz declared, not realizing that he was indicting the former president by saying so. “And nobody in our lifetimes has driven Democrats in this body more out of their mind than President Trump.”
“This bill is a bad bill, this bill is bad law,” Cruz complained. “It’s bad policy and it’s bad for democracy,” he added, despite every other Republican on the committee voting for it and several Republicans voting for the House version.
What he did not say is that no Democrat has ever conspired to overturn an election and execute a coup.
Senator Angus King (I-ME) after Cruz’s rant, reminded the committee the bill does not “come out of the blue,” saying it is “a modification of a 150-year old law.”
“It’s not a new effort of Congress to intrude into the electoral process,” he said, taking a gentle swipe at Cruz.
“I watched this,” NPR’s Peter Sagal said of Cruz’s remarks, “and what’s remarkable is to the extent to which all the other Senators (with the exception of a mild correction from Sen King) simply ignore him.”
He went on to note the bill “merely intended to clarify” the existing law, “which virtually everyone … has agreed is archaic and confusing.”
Despite all his bravado, the bill did advance out of committee almost unanimously, with the exception of Cruz’s lone no vote.
Watch below or at this link.
Ted Cruz just became the only republican on the Rules committee to vote against the Electoral Count Act, which puts guard rails in place to prevent future coup attempts.
Cruz led the charge in the Senate to overturn the last election for Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/IY7ZZPavow
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) September 27, 2022
Highly-Anticipated J6 Committee Hearing Likely Postponed
Wednesday’s highly-anticipated hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, the first one since July, and possibly the final publicly-televised event, will likely be postponed due to Hurricane Ian which is ravaging Florida.
The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany and Josh Dawsey were the first to report the postponement. MSNBC has confirmed the likely postponement.
No new date has been scheduled yet.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
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