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Far-right activist Charlie Kirk was called out by former Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI) for spending years promoting Juneteenth, only to then decided maybe he didn't support it after all.
Among the tweets that Amash posted, just one year ago, Kirk was celebrating Juneteenth, saying that it was made possible by Republicans. That's actually factually incorrect, as there weren't enough Republicans in the House at the time to easily pass the legislation. Republicans needed a two-thirds vote to pass the law, requiring support from the border-state Democrats and members of the Union Democratic Party.
While the two parties have switched places with Democrats being the abolitionist party, even pro-slavery Democrats risked their careers at the time to pass the holiday. This week bipartisanship came again 156 years later, when racist Republicans who opposed the Juneteenth holiday stepped back to allow it to pass.
Another tweet from Kirk falsely claimed that Democrats are trying to take down President Abraham Lincoln's statue. The Democratic Party nor has any Democratic lawmakers supported this. He falsely assumes that all protesters represent the Democratic Party.
Kirk then attacked former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden for not passing Juneteenth as a national holiday. The question could easily be asked why former President Donald Trump and the GOP never passed the law either when they were in complete control of the House, Senate and White House.
Ultimately, Kirk spent the day after Juneteenth attacking the holiday as "an affront to the unity of July 4th. We now have 2 summer holidays— and one of them based on race Shame on the GOP for supporting this."
See the tweets below:
President Joe Biden signed legislation commemorating Juneteenth as a national holiday, but it comes against the backdrop of GOP voter suppression, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson explained on Thursday.
"Making Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day news of emancipation finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Tex., a national holiday is a victory. But it is a hollow one at a moment when the political party that won the Civil War and made that freedom a permanent reality is now moving heaven and earth to keep African Americans from voting," he explained.
"All but 14 House Republicans were happy to vote for the long-overdue legislation adding June 19 to the holiday calendar, signed Thursday by President Biden. Doing so allows them to portray themselves as opponents of racial oppression, which they prefer to leave in the past — rather than as contemporary racism's enthusiastic enablers," he wrote. "In the Senate, the Juneteenth legislation even had the sponsorship, no less, of the likes of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who infamously raised his fist in solidarity with the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. Their aim, which Hawley endorsed, was to overturn the 2020 election by invalidating swing-state votes cast largely by people of color in cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia and Phoenix."
The context matters.
"Supporting the Juneteenth holiday is a gesture that lets Republicans pretend to acknowledge the nation's original sin of slavery even as they insist that racism is confined to our national past. At the same time, however, Republicans across the country — egged on by Fox News and the right-wing media chorus — are trying to pass laws barring schools from teaching the factual history of racism and white supremacy in this country under the guise of attacking 'critical race theory,' a set of academic concepts they stripped of its original meaning and context," Robinson wrote. "If Republicans want to convince us they are sincere in their stirring words about the importance of Juneteenth, let's see them sign on to the voting-rights legislation that passed the House and now is being considered in the Senate. If they don't like that bill, let's see them come up with one of their own to protect the right of every American to vote. Speak up, Sen. Hawley. I can't hear you."
Read the full analysis.
Trump appointee complains to judge that spreading footage of his Capitol attack is making him look bad: documents
Federico "Freddie" Guillermo Klein complained in court Wednesday that the constant spreading of videos of his attack on the U.S. Capitol is making him look bad, according to the court documents.
Klein was a former Trump State Department official and a staffer on his 2016 campaign for president. According to a Washington Post report, a State Department spokesman confirmed that Klein served as a political appointee from 2017 until his resignation in January.
"This is being investigated by FBI, and they are the appropriate agency to answer questions specific to the charges," the State Department spokesman told the Post.
Klein's lawyers filed a request with the court that became public as all public court filings are uploaded to the internet.
"Even were the Court to conclude that it is in the possession of 'video evidence' that must be produced pursuant to Judge Howell's Standing Order, Mr. Klein respectfully requests the Court exercise its discretion in rejecting this request," the court documents say. "Mr. Klein has been the subject of significant media scrutiny since his arrest and initial detention and has routinely been characterized in an unflattering manner, bordering a presumption of guilt in the court of public opinion. The release of the videos referenced by the Government will most certainly be prejudicial to Mr. Klein in the preparation of his defense as well as in ensuring that an impartial jury can ultimately weigh the evidence in this case."
But issuing the complaint, Klein's lawyers are promoting his fear of the news being spread widely. It's reminiscent of the notorious case involving singer Barbara Streisand who attempted to have Google blackout her California home so people wouldn't know where she lived. By filing the court case, she inadvertently made her own address public through the court documents. Unfortunately, Klein almost guarantees that more people will hear his story through the court filing.
The Post recalled in initial posts about Klein's "alleged conduct throughout the siege of the Capitol, tracing his apparent movements and actions from using a police shield to try to pry a door open, to calling for reinforcements from the crowd, to losing his red 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap, looking for it amid the chaos, and then grabbing another red hat on the ground that turned out to be the wrong one."
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