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‘You Don’t Get to Tell Other People What Racism Is’: Conservative Pundit Sparks Fireworks on MSNBC



  • ‘This Is Not Racism’ Insists Conservative Matt Schlapp

  • Plays the Victim Card

  • Calls Mount on Twitter for MSNBC to Ban Schlapp

Conservative pundit Matt Schlapp is a frequent commentator on MSNBC. While the network rarely mentions it, Schlapp is also head of the organization that hosts the annual CPAC convention, where far right wing conservatives and Republicans come together and freely trash liberals and Democrats. 

Schlapp’s commentary on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Tuesday attack on reporter April Ryan drew the ire of Dr. Jason Johnson, a professor of political science and the politics editor for The Root. 

Spicer treated Ryan, a well-respected journalist, like a child, at one point scolding her for shaking her head, despite outright lying to her during the Tuesday press briefing while accusing her of not reporting the facts. His treatment of Ryan was so offensive Hillary Clinton in a Tuesday evening speech came to her defense.

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing played a clip of Spicer talking with another far right wing conservative, Hugh Hewitt, who frequently appears on MSNBC also. “To suggest somehow that because of her race or her gender that she’d be treated differently is, I think, frankly, demeaning to her,” Spicer said of Ryan.

Johnson responded, saying, “I don’t believe him. I think it was offensive. I think it was inappropriate. I think it was racist. I think it was sexist.”

He also recounted examples of the Trump administration, including Spicer on another occassion, treating people of color disrespectfully.

Schlapp, not surprisingly, didn’t appreciate Ryan’s questioning of Spicer, even though that literally is her job. He labeled it “too feisty.” 

He also insisted Spicer’s treatment of Ryan is “not racism.”

Johnson replied, “You don’t get to tell other people what racism is!”

“You don’t either!” was Schlapp’s response.

“You don’t experience it!” Johnson reminded him.

Screen_Shot_2017-03-29_at_11.30.05_AM.pngA veritable verbal “fight” broke out, with Jansing forced to repeatedly urge them to calm down.

“This is the exact kind of aggression and lack of respect that we’re talking about,” Johnson observed.

Schlapp then pulled the victim card.

“I think our country’s in a bad place because people like me are constantly shouted down for being racist, misogynist, hate his person, hate that person.”

Minutes later, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart, also an MSNBC contributor, posted this to Twitter:

On Twitter, there are many calls for Schlapp t be banned from returning to MSNBC, and rightly so.




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Madison Cawthorn Retains High-Powered GOP Attorney for Case Seeking to Disqualify Him as an Insurrectionist



U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing several six challengers to his seat in the House of Representatives this year. Two Democrats will face off, with one becoming their party’s nominee. Four Republicans are primarying the far-right freshman lawmaker, one of those five will go on to face the Democratic challenger.

But Congressman Cawthorn is facing an even great challenge, and he’s taking it seriously.

A group of attorneys is looking at both the 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and North Carolina law, in an attempt to have him declared an insurrectionist and therefore unfit to serve.

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,” the 14th Amendment reads, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

The New York Times Tuesday night reports “Mr. Cawthorn, 26, who is in his first term in Congress, has denounced the case as an egregious misreading of the 14th Amendment, but he has retained James Bopp Jr., one of the most prominent conservative campaign lawyers in the country, as counsel.”

Bopp, known as being one of the attorneys who won the democracy-damning Citizens United case at the Supreme Court, flooding American politics with millions (billions?) in dark money. He’s also been a vice-chair of the RNC, and is recognized as a top conservative lawyer.

The Times adds that “North Carolina’s election statute offers challengers a remarkably low bar to question a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office. Once someone establishes a ‘reasonable suspicion or belief’ that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the officeseeker to prove otherwise.”

Other Republicans are likely worried, which should have some wondering who’s footing the bill for Bopp.

“If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an ‘insurrectionist,’ that could have broader ramifications. Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear.”

Read the entire Times report here.



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Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’



Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”

Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”

“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”

Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”

The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”


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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy



White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.

At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”

“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.

“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.


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