A Utah state attorney is under fire after he lashed out at an Asian American political candidate who allegedly woke him up from a nap while campaigning door-to-door, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Darin Mano was doing door-to-door campaigning over the weekend for a City Council position when he rang the doorbell of assistant attorney general Steven A. Wuthrich. Mano then later received an expletive-laden email from Wuthrich saying he and his wife were taking a nap when the doorbell rang and woke up their dogs -- an email that Mano shared a screenshot of to his campaign Instagram account.
"I will do everything in my power to see you never get elected to any office higher than dog catcher," Wuthrich wrote in the email, going on to tell Mano that he hates him. "Kindly die and go to hell motherf*cker," he wrote.
Mano addressed the incident.
"After a day of canvassing and trying to reach my constituents in District 5, I came home to this hateful email. As an Asian American and member of the LGBTQ+ community, I must stand up against hate speech and call it out when I see it," Mano wrote in his Instagram post. "As a City Councilmember and a candidate running for election, it's my duty to reach my constituents, listen to what is important to them and make informed decisions. There's no room for hate in our city."
After news of the email circulated, Wuthrich issued a public apology, saying he reacted with "undue anger" when he was woken up. "Since then, I have regretted the ferocity and language of that email," he added. "My words were uncivil and unprofessional. From me personally, I apologize to Salt Lake City Councilman Darin Mano and his family."
Far-right activist Charlie Kirk was called out by former Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) for spending years promoting Juneteenth, only to then decided maybe he didn't support it after all.
Among the tweets that Amash posted, just one year ago, Kirk was celebrating Juneteenth, saying that it was made possible by Republicans. That's actually factually incorrect, as there weren't enough Republicans in the House at the time to easily pass the legislation. Republicans needed a two-thirds vote to pass the law, requiring support from the border-state Democrats and members of the Union Democratic Party.
While the two parties have switched places with Democrats being the abolitionist party, even pro-slavery Democrats risked their careers at the time to pass the holiday. This week bipartisanship came again 156 years later, when racist Republicans who opposed the Juneteenth holiday stepped back to allow it to pass.
Another tweet from Kirk falsely claimed that Democrats are trying to take down President Abraham Lincoln's statue. The Democratic Party nor has any Democratic lawmakers supported this. He falsely assumes that all protesters represent the Democratic Party.
Kirk then attacked former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden for not passing Juneteenth as a national holiday. The question could easily be asked why former President Donald Trump and the GOP never passed the law either when they were in complete control of the House, Senate and White House.
Ultimately, Kirk spent the day after Juneteenth attacking the holiday as "an affront to the unity of July 4th. We now have 2 summer holidays— and one of them based on race Shame on the GOP for supporting this."
See the tweets below:
President Joe Biden signed legislation commemorating Juneteenth as a national holiday, but it comes against the backdrop of GOP voter suppression, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson explained on Thursday.
"Making Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day news of emancipation finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Tex., a national holiday is a victory. But it is a hollow one at a moment when the political party that won the Civil War and made that freedom a permanent reality is now moving heaven and earth to keep African Americans from voting," he explained.
"All but 14 House Republicans were happy to vote for the long-overdue legislation adding June 19 to the holiday calendar, signed Thursday by President Biden. Doing so allows them to portray themselves as opponents of racial oppression, which they prefer to leave in the past — rather than as contemporary racism's enthusiastic enablers," he wrote. "In the Senate, the Juneteenth legislation even had the sponsorship, no less, of the likes of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who infamously raised his fist in solidarity with the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. Their aim, which Hawley endorsed, was to overturn the 2020 election by invalidating swing-state votes cast largely by people of color in cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia and Phoenix."
The context matters.
"Supporting the Juneteenth holiday is a gesture that lets Republicans pretend to acknowledge the nation's original sin of slavery even as they insist that racism is confined to our national past. At the same time, however, Republicans across the country — egged on by Fox News and the right-wing media chorus — are trying to pass laws barring schools from teaching the factual history of racism and white supremacy in this country under the guise of attacking 'critical race theory,' a set of academic concepts they stripped of its original meaning and context," Robinson wrote. "If Republicans want to convince us they are sincere in their stirring words about the importance of Juneteenth, let's see them sign on to the voting-rights legislation that passed the House and now is being considered in the Senate. If they don't like that bill, let's see them come up with one of their own to protect the right of every American to vote. Speak up, Sen. Hawley. I can't hear you."
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