Attorney General Bill Barr is under fire for what many are calling his racist remarks related to police shootings of Black men. Barr appeared on CNN Wednesday evening and made highly controversial and often false comments about race.
Among the most controversial, Barr said there are cases where Black people are treated differently in the justice system, but, “I don’t think that’s necessarily racism.”
Barr also insisted that it’s “very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer.”
He added that it’s a “false narrative” that the “police are on an epidemic of shooting unarmed Black men,” “I don’t think [racism] is as common as as some people suggest,” and “If anything’s been baked in [to the system] it’s a bias toward non-discrimination.” That last remarks left many wondering what he meant.
.@realdonaldtrump and AG Bill Barr stoke racism and their policies are the bedrock of systemic racism in our society.
Yet, magically, they think it’s a “false narrative.” pic.twitter.com/ZNKm1Eb4LB
— American Bridge 21st Century (@American_Bridge) September 2, 2020
Barr also insisted that systemic racism does not exist in U.S. police departments.
WATCH: Barr absurdly argues that there is no systemic racism in our criminal justice system and “if anything” there is “a bias to non-discrimination.” And goes on to say racism is “not as common as people suggest.”
A truly remarkable commitment to denying reality. pic.twitter.com/GkQkA4lzKs
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) September 2, 2020
AG Barr says its not racist… to be racist https://t.co/3dP6Qa7kVF
— Sam Karimzadeh (@KarimzadehSam) September 2, 2020
Barr was decimated on social media.
Barr on @cnn giving a master class in what racism is and isn’t. No wonder the country is in the state its in.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) September 2, 2020
George Orwell, 1984:
– WAR IS PEACE.
– FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
– IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Rudy Giuliani, 2018:
– TRUTH ISN’T TRUTH
Bill Barr, 2020:
– RACISM ISN’T RACISM https://t.co/LeCCdcDF49
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) September 2, 2020
BARR: “There appears to be a phenomenon in the country where African-Americans feel that they’re treated, when they’re stopped by police, frequently, as suspects before they are treated as citizens. I don’t think that that necessarily reflects some deep-seated racism.”
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) September 2, 2020
AG Bill Barr is a blatant liar. We have data: Black people are killed by US police at a rate 3x higher than white people killed by US police. Training is clearly not the answer for police who don’t see the humanity of Black people. https://t.co/3PpNM9fvZo
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) September 2, 2020
No, it actually is. I mean, it’s, like, the exact definition of racism. https://t.co/A2MpGVKDim
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) September 2, 2020
You didn’t need to watch Barr’s interview with Wolf Blitzer to know he’s a racist.
— Matt Rogers 🗳 (@Politidope) September 2, 2020
Ugh. Watching now. Barr is the poster child for white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/PwHAuhIG1X
— Laura Whitfield (@writerwhitfield) September 2, 2020
Bill Barr does not believe in systemic racism…. Three years ago, an officer was filmed beating up a handcuffed Black man. Now, he’s the police chief. https://t.co/HGb0mVgmk2
— Gale Turner Strong (@GaleTStrong) September 2, 2020
This is open white supremacy. Bill Barr cannot execute his job at DOJ if he openly espouses Black people are prone to criminality. He’s turned this Wolf Blitzer interview into racist propaganda https://t.co/J5kej8igbP
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) September 2, 2020
Rich people are treated differently but that’s not privilege.
Bill Barr is the poster boy for racism, misogyny & corruption. https://t.co/80kqZdrVQq
— Miriam (@Gr82BUs) September 2, 2020
AG Bill Barr must explain this statement. If Black men are treated differently and it isn’t racism, what is it? Every Black person deserves an explanation. Now.
— audubon (@audubon3514) September 2, 2020
Let me break it down. When Bill Barr said “black people are treated differently but it’s not necessarily racism,” what he meant was black people are treated differently bc black people deserve to be treated differently. He’s saying black people are criminals and we deserve it
— Kanova (@kanova) September 2, 2020
Barr is full on White Supremacy..
— akmk (@akmk) September 2, 2020
“Yes there’s racism but it’s not because of racism.” – Bill Barr https://t.co/J1arwWAu68
— Pablo Roa (@_PabloRoa) September 2, 2020
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‘Makes Me Want to Throw Up’: Investor in New Trump ‘Truth’ Network Is Out Now That He Knows It’s a ‘Fake News Business’
The launch of Donald Trump’s new social media company “TRUTH” has hit another bump in the road as some early key investors are pulling out after discovering he is one of the principals behind itwhich they were unaware of at the time they put money into the start-up.
As the New York Times reported, “The details of Mr. Trump’s latest partnership were vague. The statement he issued was reminiscent of the kind of claims he made about his business dealings in New York as a real estate developer. It was replete with high-dollar amounts and superlatives that could not be verified.”
According to a report from the Huff Post’s Ed Mazza, one hedge fund manager lashed out when he found out about Trump’s involvement.
As Mazza reports, “[Boaz] Weinstein’s Saba Capital had been a major investor in Digital World, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed for the purpose of acquiring another company. As is common in SPAC arrangements, investors put their cash in before the acquisition target was chosen. When Weinstein learned it would be with Trump’s firm, he bailed.”
“I knew that for Saba the right thing was to sell our entire stake of unrestricted shares, which we have now done. Many investors are grappling with hard questions about how to incorporate their values into their work. For us, this was not a close call,” he explained.
Another unnamed investor, who reportedly held a 10 percent stake in the company, was considerably more graphic when talking about being taken in by Trump’s latest venture and he “sold everything as soon as he could,” reports Mazza.
“The idea that I would help [Trump] build out a fake news business called Truth makes me want to throw up,” they said.
You can read more here.
Image by U.S. Dept. of State via Flickr
‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’
Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.
“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”
This statement is an act of war against America. ANY Republican who does not publicly rebuke this statement must be defeated. ANY Republican. pic.twitter.com/mVAsPXkqGK
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 21, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.
“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”
McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:
In debate on the January 6 investigation today on the House floor, Democrats are repeatedly bringing up this new statement from Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Clyburn D-SC says the “Big Lie” is just like the “Lost Cause” after the Civil War. pic.twitter.com/NDNHdjKrYq
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 21, 2021
Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.
S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”
Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”
Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”
ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”
A former president of the United States who took an oath to uphold the US Constitution: “The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” #DonaldTrump #ThisIsGoingWell NB: almost no evidence of voter fraud has been uncovered or confirmed.
— Priscilla Huff (@phuffdaddy) October 21, 2021
Trump’s New Social Media Site ‘Hacked’ Just Hours After Announcement
Donald Trump announced Wednesday night he is launching TRUTH Social, a new social media site next year to fight “Big Tech,” because “We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced.”
Within hours that brand new site, in a pre-launch state, was “hacked.”
“Trump announced he was launching a new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group, and its ‘Truth Social’ app,” Newsweek reports. “The ‘Truth Social’ app will begin a beta launch for ‘invited guests’ in November, with a nationwide rollout planned for early 2022, according to a press release.”
The Washington Post’s tech reporter, Drew Harwell, was hard at work late Wednesday night, revealing that accounts for Donald Trump and Mike Pence were either created by those who are not them, or those accounts were vulnerable and hacked.
The “donaldjtrump” account of Trump’s TRUTH Social has already been hacked. pic.twitter.com/LDQ5w24tcV
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) October 21, 2021
The Daily Dot’s tech writer says he is the one who created the Donald J. Trump account:
Was just able to setup an account using the handle @donaldtrump on ‘Truth Social,’ former President Donald Trump’s new social media website.
Although the site is not officially open, a URL was discovered allowing users to sign up anyway. pic.twitter.com/MRMQzjNhma
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 21, 2021
Apparently Trump’s TRUTH agents were able to cut access to the vulnerable site:
For those asking, the public domain for what appeared to be the mobile beta of Trump’s new social media platform ‘TRUTH Social’ has been taken offline.
I did manage to grab a screenshot of the Account Settings menu before access was blocked. pic.twitter.com/M8G3PE0JES
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 21, 2021
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