Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told CNN on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s senior policy advisor Stephen Miller –widely believed to be behind the purge at the Department of Homeland Security and architect of the president’s family separation policy– was a “white nationalist” who didn’t care about protecting “most Americans.”
Abrams made the comment during a discussion of Trump’s statement that he won’t re-implement the policy –a claim she didn’t believe– and said it was driven by the president’s “very strong xenophobia” that “writ large is directed at people of color.”
“What about the man who’s also really leading this for the White House, Steven Miller?” asked host Brooke Baldwin. “Congresswoman Ilhan Omar referred to him as a white nationalist. Do you agree with her?”
“I believe that what we have seen from Stephen Miller is vestiges of white nationalism,” Abrams said. “But the problem is we can’t investigate him or where he stands because he holds a position that is not subject to public vetting.”
“That’s one of the deepest concerns I have,” she continued. “This is a person who is directing the Department of Homeland Security, the third largest agency in this nation, that’s responsible for protecting us, but the person pulling the strings does not seem to care about protecting many Americans.”
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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.