A Texas doctor is resigning from his position as a county official after receiving backlash from a Facebook post many see as racist, 12News reports.
Dr. George Zuzukin still has not admitted that he's the one behind the Facebook posts, which attack the Black community and local city officials. Zuzukin oversaw the Jefferson County Employee Health Clinic, which was a position where his salary was paid by taxpayers.
Screenshots of his rant were posted to Twitter, showing his suggesting that Beaumont City Councilman Audwin Samuel was only getting votes because he is Black. He also shared a meme that disparaged the Black community.
#Beaumont doctor who oversees healthcare of Jefferson Co. workers under fire for Facebook posts that some say are r… https://t.co/2y8CnY5Ag4— Fox 4 (@Fox 4) 1623904560.0
"...your idol MLK would side with law abiding citizens and not with thugs of BLM and ANTIFA!!!" Zuzukin allegedly wrote on Facebook. "after all it were (sic) white Republicans who abolished slavery and made black race years ago prosperous."
The post also calls President Joe Biden an "idiot imposter."
"I pray for him," Samuel said in response to the rant. "That is an evil spirit."
Watch 12News' report on the story below:
Fox News Business anchor Charles Payne made a staggeringly false series of statements attacking the Biden child tax credit expansion, which goes into effect July 15. Parents could see up to $600 more monthly, with the federal government effectively paying forward the credit so families don't have to wait until they file their annual income tax returns to get the funds up to a year later.
Not according to Payne, who somehow managed to link the child tax credit to critical race theory, falsely claimed it is only for parents who are "not working," suggested it will breed a cycle of poverty for generations while "young ladies" to have more children so they can "make" more money, rather than develop their "God-given gifts."
Literally not one word of that is true.
"Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy introduced the segment, and appeared to be in support of the program. Payne quickly turned the conversation on its head, politicizing what most American families will welcome as extra money to help with child care, or food, rent, health care, or maybe even starting a business.
"This aims to pay people extra money for not working," Payne said, which is false. Fox News' sister outlet, the New York Post reports the expanded child tax credit "is available for couples who earn $150,000 or less a year, heads of households who earn $112,500 or less and individuals who earn $75,000 or less."
Payne immediately likened giving those parents – 36 million families – to what can only be described as the racist "welfare queen" rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. The chyron called it a "tax credit hike," which could easily be misconstrued by those not paying complete attention as a "tax hike."
"And this is where it becomes very dangerous," Payne alleged. "It doesn't replace anything. If you're on Medicaid, if you're on SNAP, if you're on WIC, if you're a food stamps, if you get Section 8 housing, it doesn't impact any of that. You don't have to work, you don't have to try to work. So what we're going to do is we're going to get young women, you know, young ladies who are going to be sitting around maybe saying, 'I'm not sure what my economic opportunities are,'" he claimed, which is false and sexist, given that the payments are to parents, not just "young ladies."
Payne went on to say the child tax credit "becomes a very attractive alternative to try to make it in a society and you guys have known these stories all morning long with CRT," he said, somehow linking it to child race theory, because that's the stated the goal on the right, to link critical race theory to anything conservatives don't like.
"But if I go down this path, every time I have another child, I get more money, every single time," he complained. Republicans for years have been falsely claiming that they are "pro-family," yet don't enact policies that support families.
"Now of course this is what breaks my heart because I saw it I saw the Great Welfare Society, firsthand, I lived in the midst of it," Payne said, calling it "a heartbreaking, insidious and evil thing."
There is no such thing as the "Great Welfare Society."
The Great Society was a set of programs under President Lyndon Johnson that expanded on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal."
Payne falsely claimed "the people that you argue that you're helping, you'd never give them an alternative to say, 'Hey, I was born with some God-given gifts. I want to dig in, I want to find what they are. I want to cultivate them. I want to I want to nurture them.' Now you'd never do that."
Except that's exactly what the child tax credit program does, helps parents focus on working and focus on their families.
Thanks to Media Matters' Bobby Lewis for the video.
Trump's 'months-long tantrum' about Mike Pence is crippling the former veep's political future: MSNBC analyst
With an eye on making a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, former vice president Mike Pence made a high-profile speech last week at the Faith & Freedom conference in South Carolina along with other GOP presidential hopefuls.
Unfortunately for Pence, his speech drew more attention after he was booed and called a "traitor" by supporters of ex-president Donald Trump who are reportedly still furious that Pence did not intercede and stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election win in 2020.
According to MSNBC political analyst Steve Benen, Pence has a rocky road ahead of him, not only because of the right-wing fury over the post-election proceedings that led to the Capitol insurrection but also because of Trump's recent comments about Pence that are keeping the anger alive.
In a recent interview, Trump attacked Pence, telling conservative host David Brody that he is still "disappointed" with Pence.
"I've always liked Mike and I'm very disappointed that he didn't send it back to the legislatures when you have more votes than you have voters in some cases, and when you have the kind of things that were known then," Trump explained before adding, "I think you may have found that you would have had a different president right now had he sent them back."
As Benen notes, Trump's unhappiness with Pence will likely continue to cast a cloud over the former vice president's political aspirations.
Noting that Trump is wrong about what Pence could have done during the certification process, Benen claimed the ex-president is continuing to poison the well for his former running mate.
"Tis isn't just a story about Trump being confused about governmental details he ought to understand. The greater significance is that this months-long tantrum from the former president is likely to carry consequences for Pence for the indefinite future," the MSNBC analyst wrote. "The right-wing outrage toward Pence was rooted in ridiculous lies -- ones that literally put the former vice president in harm's way on Jan. 6 -- but Trump appears determined to keep as many people confused as possible, for as long as possible."
Benen went on to point out that Trump -- still obsessing over his re-election failure -- will continue to spread the blame with Pence as a target.
"As Pence eyes another national candidacy in 2024, this mind-numbing drama is unlikely to end anytime soon," he predicted.
You can read the whole piece here.
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