President Donald Trump has faced criticism over an event he was to hold on criminal justice reform at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, a historically black school, just after referring to his impeachment as a “lynching.”
On Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” economist and author Julianne Malveaux pulled no punches while blasting him for using the institution as a “prop” to excuse his own racism.
“Talk to us for a moment about the significance of how he has used race in this country and why he is now being honored at this university,” said anchor Ayman Mohyeldin.
“Well, first of all, the university did not honor him,” said Malveaux. “This organization honored him, whatever they are — the Second Step Organization, that’s looking at criminal justice. So, the university itself did not honor him. So that’s really important to note. The other thing that’s important to note is that students were sequestered in their dormitories. It’s so outrageous. So, you had seven students attend. Only ten were invited. But the rest of the student body could not leave the dormitory. They were sitting in the dormitory, even through the lunch hour, and they gave them snacks as opposed to a lunch. If I were a parent, I would be suing.”
“Now, I will say that, having been a college president myself, college presidents always stuck between a rock and a hard place,” continued Malveaux. “It’d be hard to say, no, the president of the United States cannot come to my campus, but the campus did not invite him. This organization invited him. They first leased the college or said, can we have this presidential thing on criminal justice on your campus, and later, after the fact, they brought 45 on. He has used black people consistently as props. He has used HBCUs as props. Remember two years ago, when he had about 70 present in the Oval Office. It was a horrible picture. And some of my friends were there, but they said, how do you say no?”
“Understand, this South Carolina meeting at Benedict, they flew black Republicans from all over the country so that they had a full house, but they didn’t have students there,” said Malveaux.
“So, basically, Benedict College allowed itself to be used as a backdrop, but that’s just like the folks who show up — you know, this was a college-based Trump rally. Really, he’s had a rally on campus and he used the campus.”
“He always talks about low black unemployment rates, but the fact is that the black unemployment rate is twice that of whites, so he’s normalizing inequality,” she added. “He’s constantly talked about what he has done, but there was a piece of legislation that provided permanent extension of HBCU funds, it got through the House and he did not use his influence to get it through the Senate, so it died. So, he basically just tells lies, big lies, and big, big lies.”
‘People died in Ukraine’: Democrat lectures Doug Collins for Trump’s abuse of power costing lives
During Thursday's impeachment hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) laid bare the human cost of President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine to force them to hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's family — something that ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) spent the previous day denying.
"In my colleague's efforts to defend this president, you want him to be someone he's not. You want him to be someone he is telling you he is not," said Swalwell. "You're trying to defend the call in so many different ways, and he's saying, guys, it was a perfect call. He's not who you want him to be. And let me tell you how selfish his acts were. And ranking member Collins, you can deny this as much as you want. People died in Ukraine at the hands of Russia," said Swalwell. "In Ukraine, since September 2018 when it was voted on by Congress, was counting on our support. One year passed and people died. And you may not want to think about that, it may be hard for you to think about that, but they died when the selfish, selfish president withheld the aid for his own personal gain."
Trump administration heavily redacted documents concerning their withholding of Ukraine aid
The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget reacted to President Trump’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine.
On Nov. 25, federal district court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the administration to produce records reflecting what these officials said to one another about the legality and appropriateness of Trump’s order. The Center for Public Integrity sought the information in Freedom of Information Act requests filed in late September.
Donald Trump Jr laughs at the prospect that Bill Barr will eventually lock up Trump’s political enemies
On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a video of Attorney General William Barr saying that he is constantly asked when Democrats are going to prison for their treatment of President Donald Trump, and he jokingly responded "these things take time."
Trump Jr. repeated that particular line in his tweet, accompanied by a series of laughing face emojis:
These things take time. 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/TX7DuYgAsr
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 13, 2019