‘Sessions Wasn’t Gonna Let a Little Job Insecurity Stop Him From Getting That Agenda Moving’
The Trump Dept. of Justice will launch an investigation into what its political appointees are suggesting is anti-white discrimination at colleges and universities, and is prepared to sue the schools if it finds it. The New York Times broke the story Tuesday night, leading people on social media to express anger and outrage. Some cited America’s history of slavery, others cited statistics proving there is no demonstrable anti-white discrimination, others ascribed the move to racism from the President and the Attorney General, and still others called it a political move to satisfy their alt-right base.
“The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Departmentâ€™s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants,” the Times’ Charlie Savage reports.
The DOJ will beginÂ â€œinvestigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,â€ an internal document obtained by the Times reads. The phrase,Â “intentional race-based discrimination,” the Times notes, “cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.”
Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.
The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It follows other changes in Justice Department policy on voting rights, gay rights and police reforms.
Vanita Gupta, former acting head of the Obama-era Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, told MSNBC Tuesday night (video above) the move is “part of a trend ofÂ seeing civil rights laws turned on their head, and being used to advance an agenda that they were certainly not created for.”
Gupta noted, as the Times also pointed out, that this project will be executed by political appointees, notÂ career DOJ attorneys who regularly focus onÂ discrimination.Â
“It is part of a political agenda that has been quite active inÂ this country for some time,” sheÂ told Joy Reid on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Gupta added that the mereÂ existence of the investigation will “chill” efforts by colleges and universities to ensure a diverse student population.
On Twitter, many expressed outrage.
Many, like Julia Ioffe, a staff writer for The Atlantic, and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, noted it was just a year ago candidate Trump specifically asked Black voters what had had to lose by voting for him:
Almost exactly a year ago, Trump told black voters: “What the hell do you have to lose?” https://t.co/GEWgh2Ls9q
â€” Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) August 2, 2017
Donald Trump to African American and Hispanic voters (Aug 2016). “What have you got to lose?” https://t.co/jA6ljO9Sm6
â€” Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) August 2, 2017
Journalist Jamil Smith:
The notion that white folks no longer have a fair shake in America is a big part of Trumpâ€™s appeal. Hence, this. https://t.co/aADlqTUR6T
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2017
A policy analyst for the advocacy arm of Demos, aÂ think tank:Â
modern conservatism has no organizing principle beyond imagined white victimhood pic.twitter.com/106Wmjqvv0
â€” sean. (@SeanMcElwee) August 2, 2017
U.S. Senator for California, Kamala Harris, did not specifically mention the Times report but Tuesday night posted these seemingly related tweets:
Black women are about 7% of the population, but make up just 2% of scientists and engineers. We need to fix that.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
We are a country founded on certain ideals that say we should fight for a free and independent press, justice, civil rights, and liberty.
â€” Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2017
Well-known attorney Lisa Bloom:
Remember that the majority of Trump voters think discrimination against white people is more prevalent than against black folks.
â€” Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) August 2, 2017
Mitt Romney’s 2012 top campaign strategist:
This group of current WH interns pretty much sums up the urgency of ending discrimination against white achievers. pic.twitter.com/zeSp1s9rKh
â€” stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) August 2, 2017
Civil rights activist Zach Wahls:
If you are a white person shocked by Trump admin investigating discrimination against whites, look at these charts. It is not a surprise. pic.twitter.com/CWHVRUbJ88
â€” Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) August 2, 2017
Tell us more about how affirmative action is discrimination against white people. pic.twitter.com/WL1XGb4iXB
â€” Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) August 2, 2017
I can’t wait to hear about affirmative action from the rich white man who can barely string a sentence together but somehow became POTUS
â€” Nathalie Baptiste (@nhbaptiste) August 2, 2017
Sessions wasn’t gonna let a little job insecurity stop him from getting that agenda moving
â€” Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) August 2, 2017
This DOJ white college discrimination move seems like a Fodder for the base and prolly came from Miller, Sessions, Bannon. Itâ€™s disgusting.
â€” Good Ol’Retweebs (@easttopekan) August 2, 2017
â€” Shoosh 1ðŸ¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸˆðŸŽ¼âœˆï¸ (@NewsJunkie60) August 2, 2017
Looks like the Trump gang is now planning to enact the white supremacist agenda in earnest.
â€” Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 2, 2017
DOJ efforts to undermine Aff Action bc of ‘anti-white’ discrimination shows Trump & Sessions are appealing to their alt right racist base.
â€” Michael Reisch (@MichaelReisch) August 2, 2017
â€” CNN (@CNN) August 2, 2017
So the @CivilRights is going to start investigating discrimination against white folks? It is too early for the jokes
â€” Liz (@Donkey_Lips87) August 2, 2017
Where have we come to? Jeff sessions is now suing universities over white discrimination? I really don’t remember any white slaves Jeff. pic.twitter.com/63OtOYXCNf
â€” Tom W (@spokanetom) August 2, 2017
There is NO appreciable “discrimination” against White people in America. Not in college, not in housing, not in employment. Period.
â€” Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) August 2, 2017
â€” Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) August 2, 2017
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‘Squashed Like a Bug’: Gaetz Smacked Down After ‘Rage-Tweeting a Slander on America’s Entire Military History’
“Buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent”
Congressman Matt Gaetz attacked the U.S. Armed Forces on Wednesday, suggesting America doesn’t win wars because of Generals like the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley. General Milley, who has worn an Army uniform since before the Florida Republican congressman was born, is being heralded for delivering a strong and intelligent rebuke of Gaetz’s attack on critical race theory and criticizing the U.S. Military for being “woke.”
Gen. Milley told Gaetz during a House committee hearing that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage,” which he implied was connected to Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection.
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there,” Milley told Gaetz.
Gaetz, whose district has a huge military presence including one of the largest air bases in the world, did not wait long to strike back, attacking General Milley:
With Generals like this it’s no wonder we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won. https://t.co/wt43YAs6cU
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
Attacking Americans who believe systemic racism is real:
I’m far more offended that they actually ARE woke… https://t.co/TWT4LhJ4iu
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
Attacking the U.S. Armed Forces:
We must defend our patriotic military service members against their woke leadership.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
And praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP):
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
It did not go well for him:
Sorry, didn’t realize that committing sexual assault on minors and then paying them off was a war. I mean Venmo can be a bit tricky but I wouldn’t call it “war”.
— Mandolyn Hicks 🏖 (@mandolynhicks) June 23, 2021
We? 🙄 Unless you count struggling with Venmo’s privacy settings as a war, “we” haven’t fought in a war.
— Jorge A. Caballero, MD (@DataDrivenMD) June 23, 2021
buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent
— kilgore trout, dna harvester (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 23, 2021
You got squashed like a bug today, boy. It was glorious.
Get these last tweets out before your human trafficking indictment tho. Daddy can’t save you this time, it ain’t some local yokel cops and your DUIs
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) June 23, 2021
Matt was so thoroughly embarrassed that he decided to rage-tweet a slander on America’s entire military history.
— 👤 (@9teen80four) June 23, 2021
You got owned today and you damn well know it.
— 𝓖𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓭𝓸 (𝓝𝓞𝓣 𝓡𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓪) 💧 (@gvravel) June 23, 2021
It’s time you show the Generals how it’s done. Take a break as a lawmaker and go overseas and represent our great nation in battle. Win us a few
— antony sparza (@antonysparza) June 23, 2021
Way to attack your voting base and district, Matt. Keep going, though. Show your district how you “support” the military.
— SSton (@SharinStone) June 23, 2021
Gaetz is an ignorant ass and belongs in prison. He couldn’t carry any military member’s water. https://t.co/5gfwJb3g1R
— Dr. Steve Woodsmall, Major, USAF-Retired (@SteveWoodsmall) June 23, 2021
This needed to be said. Glad it was one of our military leaders.
And Matt Gaetz is a punk. https://t.co/VlDhb34AxQ
— Paul C. (@TheFeistyFinn) June 23, 2021
Look at Matt Gaetz. This general has more decorations than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and yet that clown shakes his head.
Don’t ever believe, for a second, all this “we love the military” and “blue lives matter” stuff.
It’s all roses until they aren’t convenient covers https://t.co/U1g0wPqmwO
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) June 23, 2021
Hey, @mattgaetz, see those stripes on Gen Milley’s right sleeve? Each one represents 6 months in combat. SecDef Austin has more, but they aren’t on his suit. You really want to do this? https://t.co/vwiSfm1aNc
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) June 23, 2021
I don’t ever want to hear how the GOP respects the military ever again https://t.co/cHHlEzNY0U
— abk_kyle (@AbkKyle) June 23, 2021
Watch: Joint Chiefs Chairman Incinerates Matt Gaetz With Epic Lecture on Critical Race Theory
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley blasted U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for mocking and opposing critical race theory during what was supposed to be a budget hearing. He left the Florida Republican Congressman speechless and only able to shake his head.
Milley, a General in the U.S. Army who has been in uniform since 1980 decimated Rep. Gaetz, his supporters, and conservatives in general for mocking the idea that systemic racism exists, while adding that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage.”
“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory, etc,.” Milley began. “A lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform, to be open minded and be widely read, and the United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train, and we understand, and I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it.”
“So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building, and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out,” Milley, who has degrees from Princeton, Columbia, and the Naval War College, declared. “I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it, it’s important that we understand that because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Guardians, they come from the American people. So it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it.”
“I’ve read Mao Tse Tung, I’ve read, I’ve read Karl Marx, I’ve read Lenin: that doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there. That was started at Harvard Law School, years ago, and it proposed that there were laws in the United States, antebellum laws prior to the Civil War that led to a power differential with African Americans that were three-quarters of a human being, when this country was formed, and then we had a civil war and Emancipation Proclamation to change it, and we brought it up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – took another 100 years to change that. So look it I do want to know, and I respect your service and you and I both Green Berets, but I want to know. And it matters to our military in the discipline and cohesion of this military, and I thank you for the opportunity to make a comment on that.”
Strong reaction from Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley on the issue of critical race theory before House Armed Services.
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our noncommisioned officers of being quote ‘woke'” pic.twitter.com/otWBw3YdPK
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) June 23, 2021
‘Pray for the Christians’: Graham Urges School Boards to Fight the ‘Godless Socialist Agenda’ of CRT
Evangelical and anti-LGBTQ activist Franklin Graham is urging Americans to “pray for the Christians” who are fighting what he calls a “godless socialist agenda,” an agenda he says now includes critical race theory and “concerning transgender policies.”
Pointing to an article about Loudon County, Virginia, currently a hotbed of controversy over transgender students’ rights and the teaching of critical race theory (which is not actually being taught in public schools, only in colleges and universities,) Graham patted himself on the back for traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to urge Christians to run for office, especially school boards.
He says those local boards’ decisions “impact our children and our grandchildren’s lives, and they impact the future of our country, so it is vitally important. I’m thankful for the parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, who are speaking up and working to keep things like critical race theory and concerning transgender policies out of their schools.”
“We have to stand up against the godless socialist agenda trying to divide us and take over this country,” he claimed.
“Pray for the Christians in Loudoun County, that they would stand strong and speak the truth in love. And pray about how you can get involved in your city and make a real difference. Will you?” Graham urged.
Conservatives have been infiltrating local school boards, where they have the opportunity to indoctrinate children at a young age into far right wing extremism, the pro-Trump MAGA movement, white nationalism and white supremacism, and an anti-science agenda.
In April TIME reported, “QAnon Candidates Are Winning Local Elections,” and asked, “Can They Be Stopped?”
And earlier this month the National Education Association (NEA) asked: “Is QAnon Radicalizing Your School Board?”
“Proponents of QAnon allege that Satan-worshipping pedophiles are secretly running the country, and they also have spread false information about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, the recent election and more,” the NEA article revealed. “When they get elected to local offices, they endanger citizens because their potential decisions—around budget, safety, school curriculum and more—aren’t grounded in reality.”
And in 2017 Media Matters reported on “How The Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Is Infiltrating Public Schools.”
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