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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 08:28 PM

"I did not fully appreciate just how damaging and degrading a Trump presidency could become. "

“Repulsive though he is, nominee Trump’s character defects aren’t what make him a threat. What does sicken and alarm, and what ought to concentrate African American minds, is the thought of Trump with the powers of the presidency in his hands. Therein lies the danger.”

I admit that, at the time, I did not fully appreciate just how damaging and degrading a Trump presidency could become. Trump’s two years of shameless and cynical exploitation of fears and anxieties within the ranks of his white base of support, and his unprincipled governance, have left this country more fractured along racial lines than at any time since the civil rights revolution.

The Trump effect has drawn the attention of The Post, the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League and other entities concerned about the hatred he has let loose in the land.


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And it’s being demonstrated through his federal judicial appointments. Trump’s racial animosity can’t get anymore obvious than his choice of Thomas Farr to be a district court judge in North Carolina.

Farr is well known for his work as a lawyer defending a 2013 North Carolina voter ID law ruled discriminatory against African Americans. The federal appeals court that struck down the law called it “the most restrictive voting law North Carolina has seen since the era of Jim Crow,” saying it targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision” because the forms of voter identification North Carolina deemed acceptable were ones disproportionately used by white people.

Farr also worked on the reelection campaign of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) in 1990 that the Justice Department said sent more than 120,000 postcards to African American voters telling them that they were ineligible to vote and might be arrested if they tried.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and two other members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote in a letter last year to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Farr’s nomination that “it is no exaggeration to say that had the White House deliberately sought to identify an attorney in North Carolina with a more hostile record on African-American voting rights and workers’ rights than Thomas Farr, it could hardly have done so.”

There it is. Trump knew what he was doing, and what the nation would be getting, when he chose to put Thomas Farr on the federal bench — a voter suppression advocate after Trump’s own heart.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/who-knew-just-how-damaging-and-degrading-a-trump-presidency-would-be/2018/11/30/4a30f536-f4bb-11e8-aeea-b85fd44449f5_story.html?utm_term=.24d76bc1d184

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Reply "I did not fully appreciate just how damaging and degrading a Trump presidency could become. " (Original post)
Demovictory9 Nov 30 OP
Solly Mack Nov 30 #1
Turbineguy Nov 30 #2
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 30 #3
littlemissmartypants Nov 30 #4
Blue_Tires Nov 30 #5
ChoppinBroccoli Nov 30 #6

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 08:32 PM

1. K&R

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 08:42 PM

2. I visited one of his hotels.

Not my cup of tea. But I had a choice. Now we are all inmates at his hotel.

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 10:25 PM

3. Just as despicable was another of Farr's 1990 campaign strategies.

Helms was squaring off against Harvey Gantt, the former mayor of Charlotte. Gantt was the first Black man to attend Clemson University, where he graduated with honors before going on to M I T. Gantt was also the first black mayor of Charlotte, NC, where he did an admiral job.

When Gantt was up in the polls by 8 points, Farr started lobbing gutter balls at Gantt. Things proceeded to get U G L Y. In addition to the last minute post-card ploy, Farr also put out a press release in Helms' name two days before the election that stated that if Gantt got elected, he would apply affirmative action mandates and that white men would be out of work before the end of the year.

Today we would brush off such obvious racist pandering, but back in 1990 . . .

Harvey Gantt would have been a great Senator. It's just a damned shame that he never got the opportunity to serve.

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 10:59 PM

4. Biographical Conversation with Harvey Gantt, video

Part One

https://video.unctv.org/video/biographical-conversations-harvey-gantt-episode-1/

Harvey Gantt: Episode 1: The Young Pioneer
Season 2016 Episode 2501 | 56m 45s

Episode one of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt traces the future Charlotte mayor’s path from his childhood in Charleston, SC, to his solo integration of Clemson University, at the age of 20, in January 1963.


Part Two

https://video.unctv.org/video/biographical-conversations-harvey-gantt-episode-2mayor-charlotte/

Harvey Gantt: Episode 2: Mayor of Charlotte
Season 2016 Episode 2502 | 56m 45s

Episode two of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt explores the political path that led him to become a City Council member and the Mayor of Charlotte.

Part Three

https://video.unctv.org/video/biographical-conversations-harvey-gantt-episode-3-trailblazing-designs/

Harvey Gantt: Episode 3: Trailblazing Designs
Season 2016 Episode 2503 | 56m 45s

Episode three of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt retraces his bid for a third Mayoral term of Charlotte to his two political races against Jessie Helms for the US Senate.


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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:06 PM

5. Hell, I saw it coming so I'm not even shocked...

And I still don't think we've seen the half of how bad it's going to get before it gets better...

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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 11:25 PM

6. I Always Thought The Other Branches Would Rein In A Maniac

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision a lapdog Congress that would bend over for a guy the vast majority of them didn't like simply because they had the same letter after their names. And after watching the carnage of the mid-terms, there is still a huge chunk of them who will STILL back him every step of the way, even if it means going down with the ship. I truly don't get it.

I never thought I'd see Republicans stoop lower than when they all lined up behind Bush and pushed through everything he wanted. This Republican Party is infinitely worse. They're actively supporting TREASON now. At what point do they wake up and realize that this isn't a game, and "do it to make liberals mad" isn't good governance that leads this country to prosperity? I mean, if watching your colleagues get slaughtered in the mid-terms won't do it, what will?

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