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Black women candidates did extremely well during the midterm elections. All over the country judges, congresswomen, mayors, sheriff’s, city councilman, county commissioners, school board chairmen etc. A lot of them were first time campaigners.
Letitia James became the first African American woman to be elected as New York’s Attorney General in the “blue wave” (better known as the 2018 midterm elections). Her new position gives her oversight on President Donald Trump’s business, his finances, and his now defunct “Donald J Trump Foundation”.
Her predecessor began investigating The Trump Organization early last year but the new AG campaigned on expanding that investigation. She was not shy at all when reporters would ask about her plans. She highlighted a few areas of interest:
- Any potential illegalities involving Trump’s real estate holdings in New York.
- The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian official.
- Examine government subsidies Trump received, which were also the subject of Times investigative work.
- Whether he is in violation of the emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution through his New York businesses.
- The use of the Trump Foundation to funnel money to Trump and his other businesses.
Newly elected NY Attorney General said,
“We want to investigate anyone in his orbit who has, in fact, violated the law”. (If I were Don Jr, Ivanka, or Jared this statement would scare the hell out of me.)
We all know the saying “elections have consequences”. That is a truth we all need to recognize. Trump is about to learn that lesson from a Black woman. If that doesn’t make you smile then I don’t know what will.
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CNN does panel discussions with Trump voters sometimes and I try my best to avoid them. Partly because I’m tired of hearing journalist treat them like they’re a huge voting block when in reality they are a small group who’s numbers are dwindling day by day according to most polls. I also hate the way the host has to treat the nonsense some of the panelist say as something that deserves serious consideration. Like in the video clip here where one of the ladies says she likes Trump because she’s a Christian and she saw him on a Christian TV network. If I was hosting that panel I think that would be the day I walk off set and seek a new profession. Trump voters get coddled on most mainstream media outlets and it drives me crazy.
It’s also incredibly difficult for me to watch Trump supporters explain why they support him. Watching the people on this panel makes me question the intelligence of my fellow Americans. That leads me to a very dark and cynical conclusion; we’re getting exactly what we deserve with Trump and his circus.
If we can’t tell the difference between the truth and a lie even when the lie is obvious, maybe we deserve Trump. If we can’t tell the difference between someone speaking with intelligence and someone who sounds like a moron, maybe we deserve Trump. If we watched him call Nazi’s fine people after Charlottesville, and called the Puerto Rican victims of hurricane Maria lazy and ungrateful, maybe we deserve Trump. If we watched him retweet racist white nationalist memes about black crime statistics, and watched while his administration put South American children in cages after ripping them out of the arms of their parents as a punishment for seeking asylum in America, maybe we deserve Trump.
If we allow republicans to point to the economy whenever we bring up legitimate concerns about Trump and his chaotic presidency, maybe we deserve Trump. As if good job numbers makes his many failures and bottomless pit of shortcomings ok. If that’s the only metric we’re going to use to judge Trump’s job performance as president, then we most definitely deserve every horrible atrocity that he has already committed, and without a doubt we’ll deserve every future atrocity his abhorrent leadership will most certainly produce.
The good news is, we have a chance to finally get some badly needed oversight done on the executive branch. The midterm elections are only a month away and us democrats are expected to win back the house of representatives and maybe even gain a few seats in the senate. All we have to do is turn out and vote. That means there is hope… hope you’ll get off your ass and vote.