According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, a simple email sent out to employees of a California environmental agency offering a "safe space" discussion following the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin instead set off a flurry of racist comments that were shared with everyone on the email list.
The report states, that the "State Water Resources Control Board contacted the 2,376 staff members at the agency with the email that featured a subject line reading: "Employee Support Lunch Through Teams Friday 4/23/2021." In the email, a staffer at the Racial Equity Steering Committee and Working Group, "called for a voluntary lunch meeting for anyone who wanted to discuss Chauvin's conviction for murdering George Floyd, as well as more recent deaths of Black Americans at the hands of the police," with the text explaining, "We first and foremost want to acknowledge how rough the last few weeks have been on everyone's mental health with the senseless killings that have taken place all over the country. Secondly, we would like to let you know that you are not alone."
That resulted in an avalanche of responses that -- through a quirk in the way the email went out -- went to everyone on the list which exposed an undercurrent of barely disguised of racism within the agency.
In one exchange, replete with misspellings, a staffer wrote, "Killing occurs everyday in the United States and it is not all reported on. If the eater (sic) board actually wanted to make a difference they would or would not do this for everyone. The fact the water boards is doing this now, is just a sign of caving into the mob. Rome also was a great nation once before it feel (sic) to the mob."
That staffer, identified as a geologist, added, "intra racial killing of African Americans is much more higher and significant than white cops killing African Americans unnecessarily."
"I refuse to apologize or be victimized for immutable characteristics over which I have no control," wrote an employee from San Diego, while another added to what the Bee called a "Reply-Allpocalypse": "Shame on the waterboard steering committee for stoking the flames of division like this. How extremely inappropriate and unfortunate to distribute such egregious propaganda this way."
Another added, "I am really shocked to see all the hate mails — you may have opened a can of worms."
Despite pleas to "Please STOP replying all," the emails continued, the Bee reports, before adding, "The information technology office disabled the thread to prevent further reply-all responses," according to a statement from the agency.
You can read more here.
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) rallied supporters of Donald Trump on Friday at The Villages, a retirement community in Florida.
The two branded the event an "America First Rally" and were harshly criticized.
Here's some of what people were saying about the rally:
I'm really confused.... Why is Marjorie Taylor Greene doing the "America First" tour at The Villages with Matt Ga… https://t.co/E47SPhhEkb— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin)1620425174.0
Live footage of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz hosting the America First Rally with the Trump cult tonight a… https://t.co/f94OcWA8pd— Kate 🤍 (@Kate 🤍)1620428841.0
Matt Gaetz -- under investigation for sex with an underage girl -- jokes at rally: "Today is my birthday...I alre… https://t.co/kDUK4k9yWy— Will Steakin (@Will Steakin)1620431276.0
Looks like the crowd gathered at The Villages is slightly older than what Matt Gaetz prefers https://t.co/ucfq8PrrTq— Wu-Tang Is For The Children (@Wu-Tang Is For The Children)1620425227.0
As you can tell from the piano man photo, very little masking in this ballroom.— Danielle Kurtzleben (@Danielle Kurtzleben)1620425257.0
The lies get bigger by the day. https://t.co/Z6Zt13wVos— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1620432456.0
They are playing 'Tiny Dancer' at the Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene rally— Will Steakin (@Will Steakin)1620427718.0
This is the whitest thing I’ve ever seen https://t.co/qoPQv3y71I— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1620428082.0
The mostly elderly crowd seems to have brought their 2016 and 2020 MAGA rally gear with a few new additions - sever… https://t.co/aW6JfT8NbV— Vera Bergengruen (@Vera Bergengruen)1620428583.0
Matt Gaetz, speaking at his America First rally at the Villages: "I'm a canceled man in some corners of the interne… https://t.co/HPmo6nRjir— Catie Edmondson (@Catie Edmondson)1620430726.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene -- stripped of her committee assignments -- has spent her rally speech largely bragging abou… https://t.co/DYQfMrZJ2I— Will Steakin (@Will Steakin)1620429191.0
The loudest boos/anger in the “America First” rally audience tonight is directed at Republicans as Marjorie Taylor… https://t.co/AzKLBxpq9a— Vera Bergengruen (@Vera Bergengruen)1620429011.0
i'm not sure about the 2024 Republican presidential ticket https://t.co/8FSGAm9vXw— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1620431868.0
Big cheers as Gaetz brings up Liz Cheney, saying she’ll lose her leadership position https://t.co/dvnIDSe426— Christopher Heath (@Christopher Heath)1620432045.0
Moments ago @mattgaetz says: “It looks like @Liz_Cheney may no longer be the chair of the Republican Conference.” C… https://t.co/5WJtrMmw6t— Robert Sherman (@Robert Sherman)1620431464.0
"It actually feels like a Trump rally, and that's exactly what he wants," says @randikayeCNN, who is attending the… https://t.co/UI9DrnTBjS— The Situation Room (@The Situation Room)1620428150.0
@amandacarpenter: Sadly, conspiracy theorists Gaetz and Greene are the leaders of the GOP for now @ashleyrallison d… https://t.co/IRlPamomsH— The Lead CNN (@The Lead CNN)1620430785.0
The Speaker of the House of Representatives does not need to be a member of Congress and that fact reportedly intrigues former President Donald Trump.
"One adviser said some have urged Trump to withhold his support for McCarthy to be the next speaker of the House if Republicans retake the chamber in 2022, and the former president has appeared intrigued by the idea," The Washington Post reported Friday.
"Why not focus on the biggest, brightest brass ring in politics and the Republican Party between now and 2024, which is who should be speaker when, with Donald Trump's help, Republicans take the House?" the advisor said.
Other advisors don't know if Trump could pull it off.
"Others close to both Trump and McCarthy, however, said they believe Trump will ultimately have little choice but to support McCarthy for speaker should Republicans regain the House," the newspaper reported.
Some advisers are urging Trump NOT to support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker if Republicans win back the House in 2022… https://t.co/EnLL7c37RS— Ashley Parker (@Ashley Parker)1620424657.0
Marjorie Taylor Greene fires up Florida senior citizens with 'Big Lie' that Trump is still president
Controversial QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) pushed the "Big Lie" that Trump won the 2020 election during a Friday evening rally at a Florida retirement community with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
"God bless you guys," Greene said.
"Alright, I just got to check something, I just want to make sure I'm the right place," she said. "Tell me, who is your president?"
"Trump!" the crowd roared in response as Greene pumped a fist in the air.
"That's my president, too," she told them. "I just want to be sure I'm with friends and family, not with antifa or BLM or Democrat (sic) socialists.
"Did anyone in hear vote for Joe Biden? Do you guys really think he won?" she ask as the crowd shouting "no" despite the fact Joe Biden did, in fact, win.
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