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Eric Trump and Don Jr. are planning to open ‘plantation-style’ luxury hotels in poor black areas

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The Trump brothers, Eric and Donald Jr. are investing in luxury resorts on one of the poorest corners in America as part of a program they’re calling an “American Idea.”

The actual “American Idea” is that the Trump Organization will be reopening two Comfort Inns and Rodeway Inns, but will bring them up to “Trump standards,” according to The Washington Post.

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“It is nearly unheard of for a national hotel company to debut hotel lines in one of America’s poorest corners, surrounded by cotton and soybean fields and lacking a commercial airport or even an easily accessed interstate,” The Post wrote of the 100-room Scion hotel.

Amid those cotton fields will rise the Trump Organization’s project designed like an “antebellum plantation” in towns near Cleveland, Mississippi. The town population is just barely over 12,000 people with a majority African-American citizenry. Located in the Mississippi Delta, it’s being pitched as a place where The blues can be celebrated. “A plan that some black residents view as Trump’s effort to monetize the threadbare music invented by slaves in the Mississippi cotton fields.”

The city also lists 53.3 percent of children there are living in poverty and 2015 census data shows 59 percent of households make less than $35,000 a year. To make matters worse, the closer of factories during the recession have left citizens desperate for work.

Investors for the project haven’t been revealed, but it is already expected to score city and county tax breaks over seven years for the project.

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“It shows he really doesn’t have a conscience. It’s about money,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) told The Post.

But, people in the depressed economic area are desperate for jobs. Ellis Turnage, a local attorney representing the town’s black residents in a voting rights lawsuit, said that it will put residents in the position of choosing between their politics and their economic need.

“People are looking for something that’s going to raise Mississippi up off the bottom,” he explained.

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He said that not one person in the area would admit to voting for President Donald Trump in the election, but the town is desperate for more economic investment.

Mississippi is desperately trying to attract tourism to a state known for being last in economic and education markers for success. They’re capitalizing on their best asset: it’s the birthplace of blues music. Museums and clubs have popped up on Highway 61, known as “the Blues Highway.” The local economy scored a massive $20 million economic boost last year when it opened a Grammy museum in Cleveland that focused on blues players like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. So, the town needs hotels.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Jr. met with the Chawla sons at a GOP fundraiser in Jackson, Mississippi. Suresh Chawla donated $50,000 to GOP candidates as well as $27,700 to the Trump campaign. Trump’s CEO of hotels, Eric Danziger, suddenly began considering the Cleveland project for their first Scion. The Trump brothers met with the Chawlas in June to announce the project.

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Since then, the press has been highlighting failed development projects like the Trump Farallon Estates at Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic.

“We are very hesitant to work with reporters at this point — everything we say, explain, do — is taken out of context,” Dinesh Chawla told The Post. “It’s frustrating that we seem to be used as pawns in a game.”

There’s a concern that the black community won’t be willing to spend money in the Trump-owned hotels given accusations of racism surrounding the NFL player protests, Charlottesville, attacks on Rep. Frederica Wilson and history of propping up white supremacists.

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“I think if the Trumps’ bottom-line profits for a hotel in the Mississippi Delta are predicated on black people coming and spending money, I think they are in serious trouble,” said Rep. Thompson.


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Kellyanne Conway lashes out at Democratic voters as ‘racist and sexist’ at Ohio GOP dinner

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Making an appearance at a Republican Party dinner in Columbus, Ohio, Kellyanne Conway accused Democratic voters of being "racist and sexist," in a diatribe as she tried to boost the fortunes of her boss, President Donald Trump.

According to a report from Cincinnati.com, Conway attacked the leading Democratic presidential nominees before making her claim.

“Their top three candidates are white, career politicians in their 60s and 70s, which I have nothing against except they (Democrats) certainly do,” Conway reportedly told the crowd. “I don’t know why the heck the Democratic party electorate is so racist and sexist. I can’t figure it out.”

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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