‘I Think It’s Good That Mr. Trump Is Pointing That Out’
Kathy Miller has just tendered her resignation asÂ Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign chair in prominent Mahoning County, Ohio. Miller came under fire afterÂ 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 asÂ â€œa stupid waste of time,â€Â 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 campaignÂ 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.Â â€œGrowing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me. We were just all kids going to school.â€ She also said she never experienced segregation.Â â€œI never experienced it. I never saw that as anything.â€
â€œWe never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, thatâ€™s a big change, and I think thatâ€™s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.â€
â€œIf youâ€™re black and you havenâ€™t been successful in the last 50 years, itâ€™s your own fault. Youâ€™ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,â€ Miller told The Guardian’s Paul Lewis. Lewis appears stunned in the video interview.Â
â€œYouâ€™ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didnâ€™t have. You had all the advantages and didnâ€™t take advantage of it. Itâ€™s not our fault, certainly.â€
“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.”Â 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.Â
â€œI donâ€™t think thatâ€™s part of the way theyâ€™re raised,â€ she said. â€œFor us, I mean, that was something we all did in our families, we all voted.â€
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 donâ€™t care, itâ€™s the truth,'”Â The Guardian reports.
Image: Screenshot via The Guardian
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Trump Continues to Build the Jan. 6 Committee’s Case Against Him: Conservative
In a series of public hearings that began on Thursday night, June 9, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bipartisan select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection has been presenting an incredibly damning case against former President Donald Trump — showing how Trump and his authoritarian devotees took extreme measures to keep him in the White House despite the fact that he lost the 2020 election to now-President Joe Biden. Trump, 17 months into Biden’s presidency, continues to audaciously promote the Big Lie and falsely claim that the election was stolen from him. And according to Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter, Trump is still saying and doing things to build the committee’s case against him.
Carpenter, in a listicle published by the conservative website The Bulwark on June 21, lays out three ways in which Trump continues to prove that the committee’s arguments against him are spot on: (1) “Trump is still targeting Pence,” (2) “Trump is still defending the rioters,” and (3) “Trump is still using inciteful rhetoric.”
“Since the panel began its public hearings,” Carpenter argues, “Trump has responded by insisting the election was stolen from him, that former Vice President Mike Pence really had the power to keep Trump in office, and that Jan. 6th rioters are being unfairly prosecuted — all of which underscores the committee’s central point that the threat to democracy continues as Trump and his supporters still deny the outcome of the 2020 election and what took place on Jan. 6th. Trump may not be testifying to the committee, but his public reaction to the committee’s work should not be ignored. What Trump is saying basically makes him a witness against himself.”
When former Vice President Mike Pence refused to join Trump and his supporters in promoting the Big Lie, they were furious with him. The insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 believed that Pence had let Dear Leader down, and some of them even set up a hangman’s gallows while chanting, “Hang Mike Pence, hang Mike Pence.”
Trump, Carpenter notes, angrily railed against Pence during a speech at a Faith and Freedom Coalition event on Friday, June 17. The former president told the Christian Right crowd, “Mike Pence had the chance to be great. He had the chance to be, frankly, historic. But just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike — and I say it sadly because I like him — but Mike did not have the courage to act.”
During that June 17 speech, Carpenter adds, Trump vigorously defended the January 6, 2021 rioters.
Trump told attendees, “January 6 defendants are having their lives totally destroyed and (are) being treated worse than terrorists and murderers, despite most being charged with parading through the Capitol. Most people should not be treated the way they are being treated. And if I become president, someday, if I decide to do it, I will be looking at them very, very seriously for pardons. Very, very seriously.”
Carpenter points out that in December 2020, Gabriel Sterling — a conservative Republican and election official in Georgia — warned that inflammatory MAGA rhetoric could lead to violence. Sterling feared, “Someone’s going to get hurt, someone’s going to get shot, someone’s going to get killed — which, Carpenter laments, is “just what happened on Jan. 6th.” And she warns that Trump’s rhetoric hasn’t grown any less inflammatory since then.
In a 12-page response to one of the January 6 committee’s hearings, Trump wrote, “Democrats created the narrative of January 6th to detract from the much larger and more important truth that the 2020 Election was Rigged and Stolen…. This entire charade of the Unselect Committee is a brazen attempt to detract the public’s attention from the truth. The truth is that Americans showed up in Washington, D.C. in massive numbers (but seldom revealed by the press), on January 6th, 2021, to hold their elected officials accountable for the obvious signs of criminal activity throughout the Election. Those who are supposed to be public servants are using the power of government against the people who entrusted them with the power. We’ve been betrayed.”
Sterling is among the witnesses who is testifying for the January 6 committee.
“If he’d like to talk about Trump’s inciteful rhetoric and pressure on Republican officials,” Carpenter observes, “he doesn’t have to stick to events that took place before Jan. 6th. Trump keeps giving us more examples.”
‘I Can’t Imagine a Better Turnout Engine’: CNN Conservative Warns GOP About Roe Ruling Blowback
On CNN Saturday afternoon, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp insisted the Supreme Court ruling dismantling Roe v Wade after 50 years of allowing women to make choices about their reproductive freedom no matter where they live, will come back the haunt the Republican Party in the 2022 midterms.
As Cupp explained, combined with the battle over gun laws, the unpopular 6-3 decision by the conservative court could be a defining issue that increases voter turnout that will, in turn, cripple GOP efforts to reclaim both chambers of Congress.
Speaking with CNN hosts Christ Paul and Boris Sanchez, Cupp insisted the past week’s news has benefitted Democrats as they make their case for November 2022 and beyond.
“Yeah, I think the Roe ruling was a huge — they [Republicans] might like the outcome, but politically I can’t imagine a better turnout engine than this ruling for democrats,” Cupp claimed. “And you can make the argument that the Republicans’ legislative victories and the Supreme Court victory by a conservative court are regressive, they’re taking us backwards. Whether you like them or not, you can’t deny the fact that they’re going backwards, right? They’re taking us back to a different time when these weren’t rights.”
“Republicans are banning books,” she continued. “I mean, it really does feel anachronistic where the country is, so I think that’s a good message for Democrats.”
“You know, look, the economy is still going to be a huge driver for the election but I absolutely think the Democrats got a big boost from both of these rulings, I feel like, and they needed it, politically,” she added.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Flees Supreme Court Protest After Gloating About Abortion Ruling
Far-right Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia was rushed by her staff away from the protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday as angry pro-choice protesters yelled at her.
Greene celebrated the court’s decision overturning abortion rights nationwide. Smiling and stating, she said, “I am so happy. It’s a blessing. It’s a miracle.” Then, acknowledging the angry protestors, she said, “I think we have to worry about the radical left. They’re going to perform an insurrection here at the Supreme Court.”
Greene, a dependable troll, has used the word “insurrection” to describe any angry gathering of left-wing protesters. Meanwhile, she considers the actual insurrectionists arrested for ransacking the U.S. Capitol and trying to overthrow the 2020 presidential election “political prisoners.”
.@RepMTG outside the Supreme Court reacting to the court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: "I am so happy. It's a blessing. It's a miracle." https://t.co/xPU1cZIXui
video: @emilybrooksnews pic.twitter.com/OQH4OefTHR
— The Hill (@thehill) June 24, 2022
Greene’s celebratory moment was punctuated, however, by her staff rushing her off to a protected spot as protesters angrily shouted, “You are a traitor!” and “Lock her up!” One woman, holding an American flag and facemask tried shoving her way toward Greene while screaming, “My body, my choice!”
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) June 24, 2022
Greene later told The Hill that the court’s decision was “courageous,” adding, “It’s just taking it back to the states, giving the right back to the states to make their own laws regarding abortion, which is extremely important.”
An estimated 17 states are set to outlaw abortions soon after this ruling. Their criminalization will all but guarantee increased poverty for the poorest gestational parents carrying unwanted pregnancies as well as terrorist actions against abortion providers in adjoining states.
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