New York Magazine columnist Frank Rich on Sunday asserted that Republican presidential candidates were making a mistake by not offering serious outreach to the black community while their party planned to hold the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a city suffering from systemic poverty and racism.
During a panel discussion on CBS, Rich pointed out that both the Republican and Democratic conventions were being held in cities — Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively — where the police departments have been investigated by the Justice Department for abuses “much the way the Baltimore department is now.”
“Both of these cities have an enormous amount of poverty and unemployment, which is as much a piece of this as race,” he explained. “We’re going to see two conventions, I think, in a very tone deaf way — I suspect in both cases — partying there. And it’s sort of going to dramatize, I think, a big domestic problem we have.”
“Cleveland, you know, is where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed for carrying a toy gun,” the columnist reminded CBS host Bob Schieffer. “All of this is going to be front and center in 2016. It’s not going away. It’s never going away, even before recent years.”
Schieffer speculated that the problem went beyond policing.
“What we are reminded of here, and what we’ve been seeing is that African-Americans can look at one set of facts and white people can look at the same set of facts, and sometimes come up with entirely different conclusions,” the CBS host observed.
“We talk about having a national discussion about race, but I don’t think that cuts it,” Rich replied. “This is 50 years of riots in America, often for the same causes, the same triggers. And I think there’s going to have to be a real mobilization. And I hate to use this cliché, but it’s going to take a leader.”
“Imagine for instance if one Republican candidate — we have 15 to 20 Republican candidates — imagine of one of them, doesn’t even matter which one, really decided in a real way to talk to black America,” he offered. “Not make a cameo appearance at Howard University or turn up at one convention of the NAACP or whatever. Really rolled up his or her sleeves and made some kind of interesting leadership statement about digging into this.”
“But it’s not even on the radar screen of one of our two major political parties.”
Watch the video below from CBS’ Face the Nation, broadcast May 17, 2015.
Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.
During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.
Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."
"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."
MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."
The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.
"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"
"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.