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Treated like a ‘novelty’: Black conservatives expose what it’s like being part of Trump’s ‘tone-deaf’ party

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In a look at the lives at African Americans who are tasked with defending the polices of President Donald Trump, several prominent black conservatives admitted that life is not easy as they are  treated as a “novelty” by the Republican Party and conservative organizations that are unsure how to use them.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, cable TV regular Crystal Wright — who blogs under the name “Conservative Black Chick” — explained that her dealings with fellow white conservatives can be awkward, saying she is considered a “novelty” to be trotted out for fundraisers.

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Wright added that she doesn’t approve of how the Democratic Party uses the black community, but also admitted that the GOP is “tone deaf” on race and still passes over conservative blacks who could help reach out to their community.

“The party just doesn’t cast the net wide enough. You can find plenty of black conservatives who are highly qualified and would love to work within these organizations and on the Hill and they’re not even considered,” Wright explained to the Caller. “And I’m not talking about hiring a black person to work on black issues. That is just so insulting.”

Pastor Demetrius Minor, who interned in President George W. Bush’s White House, has written that it is not easy being a black conservative, writing: “When I saw the reassertion of the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalism into the campaign cycle, in the year 2016, I’d realized that a painful past that I had previously tried to ignore, was resurfacing. My conservative friends, who are good people with big hearts, would dismiss it as media bias or the left playing the race card, but I saw friends of mine who were people color become truly terrified at what was taking place before their eyes.”

Speaking with the Caller, he expanded on his anxiety, saying, “A lot of the times in talking with white conservatives – and I want to be careful here and not paint everybody with the same brush – but they may have a perception of the black community, that is due to their lack of knowledge.”

The Caller states that Minor added, “it doesn’t mean that these white conservatives are racist or evil, but may not have experienced different cultural backgrounds.”

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High profile CNN contributor Paris Dennard explained that he gets a tremendous amount of push-back from the black community, while admitting that he doesn’t necessarily agree with conservatives who believe racism is non-existent.

“For those who do question my blackness, this is the reality of it: at the end of the day I am still a black man in America. I am acutely aware of that. There are pockets of this country where I have or may be discriminated against. It is what it is,” former White House Director of Black Outreach during the Bush administration stated. “I know the impact of certain policies on our community. I have experienced racism, I get it.”

You can read the full interviews here.

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‘A completely false narrative’: Defense secretary Epser snaps at CNN’s Tapper over firing of Navy captain and safety of sailors

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper was put on the hot seat on Sunday morning by CNN Jake Tapper over the firing of Captain Capt. Brett E. Crozier, who was relieved of duty helming the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt for writing a letter for expressing concern for his crew as the coronavirus began to spread.

Esper went out of his way to say that he backed acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly decision to relieve Crozier who was attempting to protect the 5,000 sailors under his command, saying, "First and foremost, we needed to take care of the sailors on the ship. Ensure their well-being and get that ship out to sea as soon as possible. I'm pleased to report, over half of the ship has been tested. 155 came up positive, those are mild to moderate, no hospitalization whatsoever. The crew is being taken care of. With regard to the relief of the captain, I think the acting secretary made a tough decision, a decision that I support. It was based on his view that he lost faith and confidence in the captain based on his actions. It's just another example of how we hold leaders accountable for actions."

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‘A mockery of independence’: Trump to nominate White House lawyer to oversee $4.5 trillion coronavirus relief bill

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A late Friday announcement regarding President Donald Trump's nominee to oversee the implementation of the recently-passed $4.5 trillion coronavirus relief bill was regarded by government watchdogs as the president's latest attempt to protect the interests of powerful corporations while Americans are focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House announced that Trump would nominate Brian D. Miller, a special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the White House Counsel office, to oversee the prevention of fraud and abuse in the relief program. The law includes minimal relief for the public and what progressives have derided as a $500 billion "slush fund" for corporations, allowing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to "bail out any corporation he pleases, with almost no conditions," as Patriotic Millionaires chair Morris Pearl wrote last month.

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Louisiana pastor grilled on CNN for plan to pack 27 buses full of worshipers and haul them to church during COVID-19 crisis

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A Louisiana pastor was put on the spot on Sunday morning by CNN's Victor Blackwell for his plan to load up his buses and haul worshipers to his planned Sunday service at a time when the highly-c0ntagious COVID-19 pandemic has claimed thousands of lives throughout the country.

Speaking with the CNN host, Life Tabernacle Church pastor Tony Spell said he was ignoring advice from local officials to not host the service because it would endanger the health of his followers.

Asked whether he planned to go forward despite warnings, the pastor replied, "This morning, yes, sir, 10:00 AM. We will actually run our buses. We have 27 buses that we cover in a 50-mile radius of our city. We bring people into the house of God, feed them natural food and spiritual food and then we go right back into our respective places. It takes us about eight hours to run into service on Sunday morning and then we come back in tonight."

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