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This week, a Donald Trump supporter managed to somehow surpass even Donald Trump himself in sheer, unadulterated ignorance of our nation’s history regarding race.

Meet Kathy Miller. She is — or was, until this week — Donald Trump’s campaign chair for Ohio’s northeast Mahoning County, and she’s got something to tell you about America and American history: Racism is a relatively new thing. It’s only been around for the last 12 years or so, and that’s President Barack Obama’s fault. That’s right. The nation’s first African-American president is the one who’s really to blame for racism.


…“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” she said.

“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”

…Asked about segregation and the civil rights movement, she replied: “I never experienced it. I never saw that as anything.”

Miller added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”

Miller made her comments during a taped interview with the Guardian. For good measure she called the Black Lives Matter movement a “stupid waste of time,” and said that low voter turnout among African-Americans could be due to “the way their raised.”

After the interview went viral, Miller resigned as county campaign chair for Donald Trump. That doesn’t mean she was sorry. Miller told NBC News that she was being unfairly attacked as racist.

“I’m thinking, ‘What did I say that was racist?’” Miller told NBC News. “I didn’t murder anybody, I didn’t kill anybody, I didn’t steal from anybody, I didn’t call them a liar — what did I say that was racist, other than you should take responsibility for yourself? But that’s not racism … I don’t know, maybe I’m clueless.”

Clueless doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Donald Trump: Don’t Know Much About History

In the same week that two more allegedly unarmed black men were shot and killed by police officers, Donald Trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in North Carolina that African-Americans are “in the worst shape they’ve ever been in.”


“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever,” Trump said at the Duplin County Events Center.

Let’s see. Worse than slavery? Worse than Jim Crow? Worse than lynching? In one sentence, Trump literally wiped away centuries of history. Fortunately, President Obama stepped in to provide the necessary history lesson, twice. Obama addressed Trump’s remarks at a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, saying, "You may have heard Hillary’s opponent in this election say that there’s never been a worse time to be a black person. I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow.”


The President returned to Trump’s remarks in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts while walking through the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Even an 8-year-old could tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t good for black people,” president Obama said.


Republican Congressman: Blacks Jealous Because “White People Are Successful And They’re Not”

North Carolina Republican Rep. Richard Pittenger took a called in from the 1950s to tell us what the unrest in North Carolina was all about. No, it’s not about the police-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Small. It’s just jealousy. That’s what he told the BBC

Pittenger later apologize, and blamed his “anguish” over what’s happening in Charlotte right now for his answer, saying that his intent was “to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies.” That’s what he meant. Glad we cleared that up.


Law professor and USA Today columnist Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit, had some advice for folks in Charlotte on how to deal with protestors who blocked a highway over the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man shot and killed by police.

Twitter preceded to run Reynolds down, calling on both USA Today and the University of Tennessee to fire Reynolds.

Twitter suspended Reynolds’ account shortly after he called for the murder (okay, vehicular homicide, if you want to split hairs). Conservatives, who can’t muster any outrage when police kill black men (despite having new opportunities almost every week), quickly launched a #FreeInstapundit hashtag. Because he’s the victim here, of course.

Trump Jr. Does It Again

Sometimes you just have to shake your head in wonder and awe at the utter cluelessness and stupidity of some people. It’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re in for one of those times just about every time Donald Trump Jr. opens his mouth or is left alone with a keyboard. This time Trump the Younger stepped in it all the way up to the hassles on his loafer, when he compared Syrian Refugees to Skittles in a Tweet earlier this week.

Wrigley, the company that makes Skittles, was not amused, and said so in a statement purposely kept brief to avoid even the appearance of using the suffering of 65 million forcibly displaced people to market their product. Junior, when a giant corporation has more of a sense of decency than you do, it’s time to delete your account.

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