Dem Rep Cohen: Antifa Violence Not Comparable, They Are Opposing Nazis, Confederates

Sunday on MSNBC, when asked about President Donald Trump saying “both sides” were responsible for violence in Charlottesville, VA, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) said the violence coming from those on the left was not comparable. He explained that if Antifa “was there and did things, they were there because of the Nazis and Confederates.” Cohen said, “I think it was clearly not on display with the president and in response to Charlottesville. The president is supposed to be a leader for American values. Naziism and the Confederate KKK successors and interests are not American values. They are for terrorism. They are for Holocaust type annihilation of people. They are for destruction and death. The president should unequivocally stand up to those type of groups, and he didn’t do it. It was an unbelievable failing of moral leadership in our nation and one I don’t think he has a psychic anchor, a moral base from which to operate.” He continued, “He has not become president. He’s continued to be Donald Trump in need of attention, Donald Trump in need of approval, Donald Trump looking at ratings. He’s always in campaign mode. He’s unlike any other president, I think, that’s ever existed. He
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Trump Diversity Coalition Head: Bannon Was ‘Catalyst’ for Trump’s Voter Outreach to African-Americans, Hispanics

Sunday on MSNBC, Trump National Diversity Coalition executive director Bruce LeVell said Steve Bannon was a “catalyst” for voter outreach” to African-Americans and Hispanics. LeVell said, “I can judge Steve Bannon because I know him. I see a lot of guests on various shows try to articulate him that don’t know him. I will tell you, during the campaign he was a catalyst in terms of helping the National Diversity Coalition, which is in D.C.——in terms of how we were able to engage our voter outreach in terms of our African-American vote and Hispanic vote, which you know as well as I do was historically high since Richard Nixon and climbing. ” He added, “And I will say this, regardless of what anyone says, based on my personal experience at the Trump Towers working with him and Kellyanne Conway. I’ve never seen any of this particular, you know, the person that this mainstream media is trying to make him out to be. Honestly, if it really wasn’t for him, I don’t think we would have been as successful with the coalition with Pastor Scott and Michael Cohen as we went through the campaign. So I’m judging it based on what
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Dem Sen Kaine: We Should Replace Robert E. Lee Statue With Pocahontas

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)  said the state of Virginia should replace the statue of Robert E. Lee at the Capitol in Washington D.C with Pocahontas. Kaine said, “In Washington D.C. every state gets two statues to put in Statuary Hall or throughout the Capital. Using Virginia as an example, the state gets to choose two people to represent the entire scope of the state’s history. Virginia obviously chose George Washington, the father of the country. But the second choice that was made in 1909 has never been changed is Robert E. Lee. I think as you look at the scope of Virginia history here in 2017 and if you want there to be two people to really stand for who Virginia is.” He added, “Why wouldn’t you think about Pocahontas had she not saved John Smith’s life we wouldn’t even be here, possibly? Why wouldn’t you think of Barbara Johns who led a school walkout in Prince Edward County that ultimately became part of the Brown versus the Board of Education in the desegregation decision? Or why wouldn’t you think about Governor Wilder the grandson of a slave, decorated Korean War combat veteran who
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CNN’s Stelter Questions Trump’s Mental Fitness — ‘Is He Suffering From Some Kind of Illness?’

Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Brian Stelter asked if President Donald Trump was fit to serve as president of the United States. Stelter said, “People are questioning the president’s fitness.” He continued, “Questions that feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV. Questions like these: Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he’s unfit, then what?” He added, “Since President Trump’s inauguration, there’s been a lot of tiptoeing going on. His actions have been described as unpresidential, unhinged and sometimes even crazy. That word crazy can be interpreted several different ways. It gets said more in private than it gets said on TV.” He concluded, “This brings me back to the questions that are tough to ask out loud on national television. Is the President of the United States suffering from some sort of illness? Is he racist? Is he fit to be commander in chief? And one more, is it time for objective journalists, I don’t mean opinion folks I mean down the middle journalists to address these questions head on and how do they do it?” Follow Pam Key
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Jeh Johnson: Confederate Monuments Are ‘Rallying Points for White Nationalism,’ They Should Come Down

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” President Barack Obama’s former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Confederate monuments were “rallying points for white nationalism, for Neo Nazis, for the KKK.” Therefore, they should be removed for safety concerns he argued. Johnson said, “President Trump said this week that Jefferson and Washington were slave owners, where does it stop? Where does it end? I think most Americans understand, most African-Americans understand that many of the founders of our nation were slave owners. But most of us are not advocating that we take them off the currency or drop Washington’s name from the nation’s capital. I have first cousins, cousins whose names are Washington. They’re not changing their names. They’re proud of their name.” He continued,” What alarms so many of us from a security perspective is that so many of the statues, the confederate monuments are now modern-day becoming symbols and rallying points for white nationalism, for neo-Nazis, for the KKK. This is most alarming. We fought a world war against Nazism. The KKK rained terror on people for generations. People are alarmd. I salute those in cities and states taking down monuments for reasons of public safety and security. That’s not
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Jerry Falwell Jr: Trump ‘Does Not Have a Racist Bone in His Body’

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” when asked about President Donald Trump ‘s comments on the violence in Charlottesville, VA, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. explained Trump “doesn’t say what’s politically correct. However, he said that Trump “does not have a racist bone in his body.” Falwell said, “One of the reasons I supported him is because he doesn’t say what’s politically correct. He says what is in his heart, what he believes. Sometimes that gets him in trouble. He does not have a racist bone in his body. I know him well. He is working so hard to help minorities and people in the inner cities up through — he says school choice is the civil rights issue of our time.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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