Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, Gregory Cheadle, a former supporter of Donald Trump who was once pointed out at a a rally by the president as “my African-American,” explained why he has turned on Trump, citing multiple issues he could no longer avoid.
“What led to you change your mind?” asked host David Gura. “What was it about these recent incidents that made you change your position?”
“A series of events,” said Cheadle. “If there was one more than another, it would be the Kaepernick taking a knee incident, where he called Kaepernick and others an SOB. He wouldn’t call Putin or the North Korean leader an SOB. That was something I could not tolerate.
Cheadle said that he still didn’t believe the president was a racist personally, but added, “I am more disappointed we are at this level today. We are in 2019 and race is a major issue with the president to be grandstanding the way he is, it is disconcerting and disappointing.”
“I don’t think the president is going to do anything to make a change,” he continued. “I think we the people have to come together and make a change. We have to get legislation and policies in order that will allow for a decrease in the wage gap … when you look at the sentencing of blacks, there is a great disparity. As it is right now, that spells a death note for black people in the criminal justice system.”
“There was a moment this week a reporter asked him about it,” said Gura. “He professed not to know you. In the face of being accused of racist, he goes to unemployment numbers, the state of the economy and how blacks and African-Americans are doing today. Your reaction to that?”
“The president knows who I am,” said Cheadle. “I corresponded with him. He sent me a letter. The whole thing with the way the president deals with reality is of concern. The black unemployment numbers — that is a perversion of data. We have more blacks unemployed today than ever. When you look at the incarceration of black folk, there are millions of black folk right now who cannot get a job or get benefits because of their record, whether it be drugs or whatever, because they were locked up. They can’t have access. We have millions of black men and women who cannot get a job.”
Florida Republican Governor linked to arrested Giuliani henchmen Lev Parnas in video
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has been outed for associating with at least one of the Rudy Giuliani associates arrested last week.
According to a video posted by Reuters reporter Joey Roulette on Twitter, Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas can be seen standing with DeSantis after his election night win last November.
"Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas, one of two Giuliani associates arrested last week and charged for scheming to funnel foreign money into various US elections, is seen (on the left) in this Nov 6 2018 video I took at Governor Ron DeSantis' election victory party in Orlando," tweetedRoulette.
In one fell swoop, Trump throws US goals in Syria into disarray
Since the outbreak of Syria's brutal civil war, the United States has stated several objectives -- destroying Islamic State extremists, easing from power President Bashar al-Assad and limiting Iran's influence.
In just one decision, President Donald Trump may have undone all three.
The mercurial leader pulled US troops out of northern Syria in the face of a Turkish invasion against Kurdish forces, who had led the campaign to crush the Islamic State group and with US protection had enjoyed effective autonomy.
The Kurds have reached out to Assad's regime -- allied with Iran and Russia -- to redeploy for the first time in years to northern Syria to face Turkey, which is trying to eliminate a force it links to Kurdish separatists at home.
US nuclear weapons are now being held as ‘essentially Erdogan’s hostages’ in Turkey: report
When President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of northern Syria, virtually giving Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to attack the region’s Kurds, he likely didn’t anticipate a key factor that might get caught in the crossfire: control of U.S. nuclear weapons.
Erdogan’s forces have been raining down terror on the Kurds, long considered to be key U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS, exactly the horrifying scenario that critics of Trump’s move predicted. Turkey even fired on an outpost of U.S. special operation forces. It’s a fraught scenario for the United States to find itself in, made all the more dangerous by the fact that Turkey, itself a NATO ally, is home to an estimated 50 American nuclear weapons. The New York Times reported: