‘Restoration’ of Trump’s ‘Moral Authority Will Be Based on Americaâ€™s Reaction’
The only Black Republican U.S. Senator for months has been asking President Trump to talk with him about race relations. SenatorÂ Tim Scott, after months of refusals, finally got his chance when the White House agreed, and the two talked Wednesday afternoon. The White House was interested in the president speaking with the Republican from South Carolina after Sen. Scott chastisedÂ Trump over his comments after the Charlottesville violence.
It is not known how long the conversation lasted.Â
â€œWe discussed everything from legislative remedies for those living in poverty, to the incident in Charlottesville, to some of the other issues that are important â€” diversifying staff,â€ Senator Scott told USA Today.
Scott also told reporters afterward that he was “encouraged” by the conversation and said “it was nice” President Trump “was very much listening and he had spent some time thinking about those comments and responded in fashion with what he thought was a better frame for his comments.”
After Trump’s horrificÂ Charlottesville remarks, Sen. Scott last monthÂ said the president’s “moral authority” had been “compromised” by them.
“The restoration of moral authority will be based on Americaâ€™s reaction,” Scott said Wednesday after talking with Trump, Bloomberg reports. “And that will take time.”
Scott also appears to have given a history lesson to Trump.Â
“I shared my thought of the last three centuries of challenges from white supremacists, white nationalists, the KKK, neo-Nazis. So thereâ€™s no way to find equilibrium when you have three centuries of history versus the situation thatâ€™s occurring today,
But he also appeared to cover for the Republican president.
The Hill reports that “pressed if Trump specifically expressed regret for how he handled Charlottesville, Scott said Trump tried ‘to explain what he was trying to convey.'”
“We certainly revisited the comments just to start the conversation with great clarity on the importance of why we were meeting,” Scott added.
Meanwhile, the White House released a statement, at one point calling Senator Tim Scott “Tom,” along with the above photo.
The statement says the two “met today to discuss the Administrationâ€™s relationship with the African AmericanÂ community, the bipartisan issue of improving race relations, and creating a more unified country.”
“President Trump remains committed to positive race relations and looks forward to continuing the dialogueÂ with Senator Scott, the African American community, and leaders from diverse communities across the country, all of which have a wealth of perspectives and experiences with respect to this issue.”
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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights
“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.
Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.
“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”
“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”
She begins her dissent by explaining the case:
“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”
“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”
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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021
Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference
A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.
Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.
“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”
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