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‘I’ve got nothing’: MSNBC conservative left speechless after he’s scolded for denying white privilege

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Republican political strategist Jason Johnson, a former adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), claimed on Sunday that he does not have “white privilege” because he grew up in a trailer park.

The angry remarks came during an MSNBC panel discussion about the role of racism in the White House.

MSNBC media analyst Eric Deggans argued that President Donald Trump and White House aide Stephen Miller are “trying to expand the definition of what we would term acceptable discourse about issues that are connected to race.”

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“They want to narrow the definition of racism so that they’re able to talk about these policies and enact measures that normally, say, five years ago or ten years ago we would have clearly considered racist,” he pointed out. “If you look at the impact of their policies and the groups that years ago were advocating for these policies, you see their roots in prejudice and racism and you see why so many people of color are concerned about that.”

Johnson complained that Democrats have been calling Republicans racist for years.

“This is gone on for a long time,” he said. “It was laid out earlier in our conversation… because I’m white, I’m not supposed to have an opinion on this and I’m supposed to shut up. That’s the ultimate goal here. But I maintain my opinion, it’s not effective [to call people racists].”

“The default seems to be on the left that if you agree with a policy, yes, that may disproportionately impact a community of color that it’s automatically racist,” he continued. “And that’s just not so.”

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According to Johnson, it is unhealthy “for our discourse” to label people as racist.

“What word would you prefer instead of racist and bigoted, instead of white supremacists?” radio host Dean Obeidallah asked. “Is there a word you would like us to use to describe Donald Trump’s racist, bigoted things?”

“No one’s saying you can’t speak out because you’re white,” he added.

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Johnson interrupted: “You tell me that my growing up in a trailer park in northeast Texas, being the first person in my family to go to college, working two full time jobs to put myself through college and that’s white privilege?”

“Yes,” The Beat DC managing editor Tiffany Cross replied. “Because people look at you and see a white man. And I want to stress the point that nobody told you that you have to be quiet.”

“You did,” Johnson shot back. “You said you can’t have an opinion on this matter.”

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“I didn’t,” Cross replied. “I’m saying when people are saying things are not racist and you are not on the receiving end of of that, I don’t believe it is your place to tell millions of people of color that something or someone is not racist. When you are not on the receiving end of it.”

“It does seem a bit out of pocket to me,” she said. “Maybe because you don’t experience this, you don’t recognize it for what we do. Even the reaction is a level of privilege: ‘How dare you say I can’t weigh in on this.’ Well, yeah, kind of… I’m saying that your opinion is uninformed.”

“I’ve got nothing else to say,” Johnson grimaced.

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General Motors auto workers call strike in US

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The United Auto Workers union called a nationwide strike against General Motors Sunday, with some 46,000 members set to walk off the job beginning at midnight amid an impasse in contract talks.

The decision, which the Wall Street Journal described as the first major stoppage at GM in more than a decade, came a day after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

Local union leaders met in Detroit "and opted to strike at midnight on Sunday," the UAW said on its Twitter account.

"This is our last resort," Terry Dittes, the union's lead negotiator with GM, told a news conference after the meeting. "We are standing up for the fundamental rights of working people in this country."

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Saudi Arabia races to restore oil supply — drone strike blamed on Iran

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Saudi Arabia raced on Sunday to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US claims it was behind the assault.

The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday's strikes on two plants owned by state energy giant Aramco.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the "unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" was launched from Yemen.

"The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression," the top US diplomat added.

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Trump flip-flops on meeting with Iran with ‘no preconditions’– then blames it on the media

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President Donald Trump went off on the "fake news media" yet again, after his own appointees announced he was willing to meet with Iran.

"The Fake News is saying that I am willing to meet with Iran, 'No Conditions.' That is an incorrect statement (as usual!)," Trump tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1173371482812162048

In an odd twist, Trump announced just three months ago he'd be willing to meet with no preconditions.

“Not as far as I’m concerned – no preconditions,” the president said in a Meet the Press interview. At another point in the interview, he also said: “I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear.”

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