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Presidential historian lays out the reasons why George Floyd’s death sealed Trump’s fate as a one-term president
Historian Jon Meacham is great at explaining how modern events fit into the big picture and how events of the past offer insights on the present, and he did exactly that when — during an April 16 appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" — he weighed in on Derek Chauvin's trial and far-right evangelical Pat Robertson's response to it.
Chauvin is the Minneapolis police officer who has faced murder charges because of his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The defense rested its case in Chauvin's trial on April 15, and Robertson — the long-time host of "The 700 Club" and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network — shocked viewers by being highly critical of Chauvin and citing him as a glaring example of someone who never should have been in police work. Robertson is a very divisive figure who is disliked by many liberals and progressives as well as right-wing libertarians, but his comments on Chauvin have been applauded by some of his most vehement critics.
Meacham, an Episcopalian, said of the 91-year-old Robertson, "If somebody does something right, you welcome him — and you welcome it." And Meacham stressed that the videos of Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck were shocking even to Robertson.
Noting Robertson's influence on the Republican Party, Meacham explained, "Robertson was kind of the official embodiment of the rise of the Religious Right. I think it began with the school prayer decision in 1962. It was slow in developing. A lot of White evangelicals stayed out of politics in the mid-1960s because they were uncomfortable with civil rights, which was a space that was clearly associated with the Black church."
The historian told "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that Floyd's death intensified a "conversation" that Americans have been having for generations — a "conversation on race" — and served as a painful reminder that "systemic racism exists" in the United States and "police reforming is necessary." And Meacham also argued that Floyd's death led to the end of Donald Trump's presidency.
A week after Floyd's death, on June 1, 2020, nonviolent protesters in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square were demanding justice for him when they were violently removed by police so that Trump and his allies could walk from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church — where Trump gave a speech and had his much maligned "Bible photo-op."
That day, Meacham argued, sealed Trump's fate in the 2020 presidential election and convinced millions of Americans and "a lot of White people" to vote against Trump and reject "a culture of White supremacy."
"The death of George Floyd, in many ways — if you look back on the year of 2020 — in a lot of ways, Lafayette Square, the events that unfolded in that terrible period really brought home to people…. that the Trump era had come to manifest many, many of our worst impulses," Meacham told Scarborough and Brzezinski. "I have a theory that in the national mind, to some extent, Joe Biden kind of became president-elect during Lafayette Square."
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On Friday, New York City Police arrested a man in a subway station who was allegedly carrying an assault rifle.
"A teenager from Ohio was arrested after being found with an unloaded semi-automatic rifle and ammunition in a bag while at a busy midtown subway station," News 4 reported, citing law enforcement officials. "The man, identified by several law enforcement sources as Saadiq Teague, was apprehended by officers at the subway station in Times Square around 12:45 p.m. Friday near the A/C/E line, the officials said."
Adam Harding gave new details during the station's 11 pm report. It turns out that the suspects father was killed by police in Ohio only weeks ago and the suspect document getting a COVID-19 test prior to his arrest.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea identified the alleged firearm as an AK-47.
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Sharon Osbourne gives first interview to Bill Maher -- and of course the talk is on 'cancel culture'
Sharon Osbourne on Friday sat down for her first extended TV interview since leaving the CBS show "The Talk" last month under a cloud of scandal.
Instead of being interviewed by a reporter, Osbourne chose to be interviewed by HBO "Real Time" comedian Bill Maher. Kellyanne Conway made the same choice in January.
Osbourne had been accused of referring to then-co-host Julue Chen as "Wonton" and "slanty eyes." She also reportedly referred to former co-host Sara Gilbert as "p*ssy eater" and "fish eater."
The problems got worse when Osbourne defended Piers Morgan following his highly controversial comments on Megan Markle and the British Royal Family.
"I am with you," Osbourne said. "I stand by you. People forget that you're paid for your opinion and that you're just speaking your truth."
The problem is, Morgan's "truth" struck many as being a racist opinion.
Morgan resigned from "Good Morning Britain" and Osbourne ended up leaving "The Talk."
"See, they still love you," Maher said as she entered the stage and asked how she was doing.
"I'm angry, I'm hurt," Osbourne said. "I'm a fighter."
Although neither were fired, resigning was close enough for Maher, who framed the situation as one of "cancel culture" instead of racism. Maher has been on the topic for months in his crusade against accountability.
"So he was called a racist and lost his job and you were called a racist and lost your job," Maher summarized. "Do I have it right?"
"You've got it right, that's exactly how it went," Osbourne replied.
Maher said the criticism Osbourne as he described it sounded "insane."
The host suggested that the British Royal Family might not be racist, just "cold to everybody."
And then the conversation shifted to why Morgan had viewed one of Osbourne's breasts.
Maher mentioned the "Asian slur, lesbian slur" but did not mention what Osbourne was alleged to said. At which point Osbourne deployed the "women are bitches" defense and said it was just "disgruntled ladies."
As Maher continued to rant about holding people accountable, he shouted, "I don't need re-education!"
Maher also bragged about getting Osbourne's first interview, even though he is known for asking softball questions while focusing on his pet peeves like so-called "cancel cancel."
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