by Yvette Carnell
It’s only so long that you can call an elected official a traitor before uttering the word impeachment. That’s the evolution that we are watching in real time with the attempt by Democrats to cast President Elect Donald Trump as illegitimate. First Congressman John Lewis said he wouldn’t be attending Trump’s inauguration due to his belief that the president elect is illegitimate.
“I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” Lewis told NBC News.
Lewis also told NBC that he would skip Trump’s swearing in on Friday.
“It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress,” he continued. “You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong, is not right.”
As it turns out, Lewis was wrong about this being the first inauguration he’d missed. Lewis acknowledged skipping George W. Bush’s inauguration after Trump called him out on Twitter. Lewis spokesperson Brenda Jones responded in a statement:
Black Lawmakers Shouldn’t Be Out Here Calling Trump Illegitimate. Here’s Why.
“His absence at that time was also a form of dissent,” Jones said. “He did not believe the outcome of that election, including the controversies around the results in Florida and the unprecedented intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected a free, fair and open democratic process.”
Now Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is joining the increasing chorus of Black lawmakers who are making the dangerously consequential charge that Trump might not be a legitimate president.
Watch the clip below:
WATERS: Well, here’s what I’m trying to get to. If we discover that Donald Trump or his advocates played a role in helping to devise strategy, if they are the ones who came up with ‘Crooked Hillary,’ if they are the ones who came up with ‘she’s ill,’ ‘something’s wrong with her energy,’ and the way that he basically described her in the campaign, I think that is something that would put the question squarely on the table whether or not he should be impeached.
MATTHEWS: So you think you could have an impeachable offense before you take office.
Discussing impeachment of any president is a dangerous affair, especially when even our intelligence agencies admit that there is no smoking gun here:
And there are also a lot of moving parts as well:
We should also ask whether Blacks want to be the ones who lead the charge against Trump. During the campaign, Trump directed most of his criticism to Muslims and Latinos, so why are Black lawmakers shouldering the burden of delegitimizing this incoming president?
Blacks comprise 26 percent of food stamp recipients, but we’re only 13 percent of the population. We have nearly no land and no cash reserves. This is the economic consequence of being the descendants of slaves, but it places us in a perilous situation nonetheless. If this attempt to render Trump illegitimate goes off the rails, which it could, we’re not prepared to bear the brunt of it. So Black lawmakers should put their constituents first and focus on them and their needs, not the desires of their Democratic paymasters.
Blacks do not stand to gain anything by antagonizing an incoming president. We should organize against Trump where his interests conflict with our own, such as reducing the federal workforce, and support him on issues where we benefit, such as ending TPP. A coup d’etat is not on any black agenda that I’ve ever seen.
Nat Turner would have left most of you intellectualized distractors behind.
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Now, this article is making sense and is proving to me these politicians never had our best interest at heart. The truth is coming out now that these guys are willing to sink an entire ship due to their disgruntled feelings about America's new president. And I also believe Trump will be a better president than Obama, can't believe I am texting this but America has always been Black and white and with Trump in office it may be this again so build the wall to prevent the Democrats to use illegals to steal opportunity for born Americans
BreakingBrown I am the daughter of immigrants. 1st gen American. Do you have an issue with folks like me (or my parents - from the Caribbean) Am I welcome on your page? I'm asking because of something I read on http://muslimbushido.blogspot.com.
America has alway stopped the flow of Dark immigrant coming into America what you are witnessing isn't new, these Democrats use the Mexicans for lower wages and other tricks against the citizens. Breaking Brown is only reporting the news, the only people with issues toward you are the Democrats
I do not support the "sore-loser" marches held over the weekend, and in all likelihood were hyped up by the anti-Trump Establishment "fake news" media to have greater significance than their actual manifestation.
As I've stated before, and will reiterate again, I did not vote for either Trump or Clinton. But I have sense enough to know that the things Trump said in his inaugural address, where he spoke directly to African Americans, not as "minorities" -- or the ignorant all inclusive "people of color" nonsense -- but as "Blacks" and "African Americans" are more beneficial to the socioeconomic needs of Blacks than marching in the streets following highly paid fake white feminists. I feel sorry for those Blacks who did so.
What was in these marches that Blacks can benefit from? Nothing! In fact, I doubt if 5% of those marching even know why they were protesting. While the highly paid via Ford Foundation and George Soros leaders of the NGO led marches can spout incoherently about their motives, many of the followers were there because TV has frightened them out of their minds. (As the highly astute "Watchful" has said many times on this site -- people should stop watching TV.)
It is politically impossible for Black women to participate in a Women's Movement with white women as equals because society is socioeconomically unequal in quantifiable terms relative to Black and white women. Like Blacks in general, Black women lag behind white women in all socioeconomic indices. For example, as regards hourly wages as of 2015, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) white women typically earn a median hourly wage of $17 to Black women's $13. While white men out earn in hourly wages white women $21 to $17 respectively, white women ($17) out earn both Black women ($13) and Black men ($15). If we use any socioeconomic metric, from household wealth, male / female available mate ratio, per capital poverty and incarceration rates, etc., white women have the clear advantage over Black women.
So why did Black women join the sore-losers protests? Why did Blacks protest the election lost of a racist (based on her record) white woman, who herself was rejected by over 53% of white women voters? One explanation is the lack of political clarity that is rampant throughout Black America. This lack of clarity is what makes it possible for Blacks to be emotionally played by Dem Party hustlers posing as leaders (elected and unelected) time and again. It also makes it possible for some Black women, uninformed and/or uncaring, to join in other people causes that, regardless of outcome, will not benefit Blacks (women or men) one iota.
While his plans for Black economic empowerment are flawed, and may even be too akin to Nixon's "Black capitalism" ruse of the early 1970s, I still believe that Blacks should give the man a chance. After all, he is reaching out and didn't have to. Blacks need to be making recommendations to improve the plan. No one has offered Blacks anything in modern political times except Trump and Bernie Sanders.
The fact that these same people opposed Sanders just as they are now doing Trump is clear enough proof to me that their primary objective is not to improve the material lives of Blacks socioeconomically, but to fill their own bank accounts with Dem money at the expense of the suffering collective.
While I would never prescribe Blacks voting GOP as a solution, because neither Dem nor GOP hold the future Blacks deserve and need, the days of the Black Dem misleaders, and media anointed (independent of history) Black "icons" are nearing a close.
Everywhere Blacks are questioning these "rebirthed" voices, latent for the past eight years as the Black community was being destroyed. Now they are critical of the office of president again, pointing to "wealth transfers" they claim Trump will facilitate (as if there's much left that wasn't given to the rich over the past eight years). They've suddenly learned about the dangers of school privatization (as if school privatization was not on steroids the past eight years). Indeed, they suddenly can see again, hear again, as they pretend to speak up for Blacks again. But it's probably too late. One thing's for sure, it will be a long time before they forget the cursing out and threats of firing they got as consequences of their failure to deliver Black votes in sufficient numbers last election.
The challenge for them will be in resolving their own internal cognitive dissonance. For example, they argue -- sometimes in the same sentence -- on the one hand how much President Obama helped Blacks, then they argue on the other hand that the reason he didn't do anything for Blacks is because he was "blocked."
Meanwhile, I'll be waiting for some one to tell me what the Black community got from the weekend protests. And, whatever it was, was it greater than what Trump promised Blacks in his inaugural speech. What I interpreted him to be saying to Blacks is "Hold on, help is on the way."
The question is, does he mean it. The answer is, only time will tell. Already, with the stroke of his executive pen, he has stopped perhaps tens of millions of people from having to pay a fine for not being able to afford RomneyCare (AKA ObamaCare). Lots of Blacks will benefit from that pen stroke. ("What Trump's ObamaCare Executive Order Means," Money, 1-21-17.)
@Johnw11 "Hold on, Help is on the way"--- Don't hold your breath.
@mshuler70 Re-read my post. I never said I was "holding my breath." I gave my interpretation of the African American directed message of the speech. Naturally, the speech embarrassed the "do-nothing" Dem employed Black misleadership cadre (including Obama) as it very well should have. They have led at least two-thirds of Black communities into ruins.
Actually, my views are quite consistent with the comment you made below.
It would be pathological denial, however, to insist that Trump did not reach out to Blacks in his inaugural speech in a way that is almost historically unprecedented. It would also be intellectually dysfunctional to believe that Blacks can reap more from a sore-loser "don't lock her up" fake protest than they can from the outcomes Trump proposed. What I look for when determining a person's sincerity is a "pattern" of behavior. In that regard, Trump's inaugural speech was consistent with what he said during the campaign.
Lastly, as I've said before, his plan for Blacks is flawed. But it is the responsibility of Black elected officials to assemble a team of experts, meet with Trump and make corrective recommendations. At least Trump is willing to meet with them. Obama refused to meet with them for three years or more.
@Johnw11 I guess @mshuler70 doesn't realize that people dealing with absolute facts interpret his statement, "Hold on, help is on the way", as holding his breath. He should probably switch that mix from oxygen to nitrogen.
The sooner Blacks realize we are special interest group and should act accordingly, we will, as we always do (every single year), complain about democrats, republicans etc,, NONE, and I repeat NONE of them, have our best interests in mind. Only those who are well connected, get the crumbs of their master's table. Neither a Trump, HIllary, Bernie et al, will ever stop my hustle.
@mshuler70 This statement alone is everything," Blacks realize we are special interest group ." I don't believe many of us realize the truth too damn brainwashed by this society fake emotional love toward everybody
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Finally someone with some form intelligence for African Americans!
Not all blacks are descendent of slaves a small number are.
So how in the hell black people get here woman, Africa wasn't a continent written in the original seals for the colonies. Black people fled from Israel into Africa; captured by Africans sold to white merchants shipped to this land to build wealth for the future America through slavery. Proof is in the bible Deuteronomy 28: 68 "The LORD will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, 'You will never see it again!' And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer." So, Black people are the original Jews and descendants of slave that the bible spoke of
Do you perceive being 26% of food stamp recipients, having no land or cash reserves as being on the rails or as not bearing a brunt?
'If there were no runaway slaves, there would be no first black president.' Dr Boyce Watkins.
Didn't hear any "Brown" scream help the Blacks but since Trump wants to build a wall I hear Brown and Black should unity. People only want Black folks power when it benefits them
F*** that we survive before foodstamps
I totally missed your article on White Lawmakers Shouldn't Have Been Out There Calling Obama Illegitimate. For 8 years white lawmakers called Obama illegitimate, and never heard a mumbleling word from BreakingBrown when Obama was constantly being called illegitimate.
You missed it because I disagreed with that 5 or 6 years ago. I'm at least consistent. -yc
Have these people all gone mad, or were they insane all along?
What's needed in this situation is critical thinking. If Clinton was so concerned about "Russian hacking," then why did she use an unsecured email server for nearly five years while secretary of state? It just makes sense to me that Russians would be more interested in her communications as secretary of state, than they would be interested in conversations at DNC.
While I did not vote for Trump, I'm glad he won. At least the chance of nuclear war with Russia is less likely. Most people, relying on the "fake news" MSM, are totally unaware of the exigent threat of WWIII -- the nuclear war that will end all life on planet earth. The strange part is, the white right, usually the most ignorant voters in the country -- before some Blacks replaced them in that regard -- are now the very ones knowing better than believe the Russian hacking fairy tale.
As far as John Lewis goes, his claim of a moral stance in not recognizing Trump as president is simply another con game. I find it impossible to determine upon what moral ground could he possible stand, after disrespecting not only the many thousands of people who actually participated in the Civil Rights Movement -- but Dr. King himself -- when Lewis consciously lied by falsely claiming that he'd seen the Clintons in that movement (she was actually an anti-civil rights activist --Goldwater Girl"-- at the time). After making that false attribution, Lewis will never convince me that he has any moral convictions of any kind, except pleasing "Miz Hillary." And that's what he's trying to do with his latest stunt. Frankly, after he told that lie, I have lost all respect for him. Moreover, he told the lie to disparage the man who indeed had a civil rights activist record -- Bernie Sanders.
There was a time when Rep. Maxine Waters was a heroine to freedom and justice loving people. For example, she was on the frontline in the fight for Haitian rights. How times have changed. Who would have thought a few years ago that it would be Trump, and not Maxine Waters, who informed the world about the alleged $ billions missing from the Haitian earthquake relief funds. Trump told "Miz Hillary" to her face during a world-wide televised presidential debate that she'd stolen the money (this very point Haitian activists have been trying to tell the world for years). She replied that she'd given the Haitians "$30 million." But when one subtracts $30 million from $5 billion, the difference is four billion, nine hundred and seventy million. In round numbers, that equals $5 billion -- just as Trump said.
Whose "core" has that "touched"?
The strategy is to keep Blacks emotional and unfocused so they will be available to be "played" by Dems in future elections. The fact is Dems know the socioeconomic devastation most African Americans are experiencing, but obviously couldn't care less. They only care about Black votes. They also know that Trump is the first president-elect in many decades to offer African Americans a specific plan to address their policy issues albeit a flawed plan. While his "Ten-Point New Deal" for African Americans is flawed, primarily because it is economically grounded in a neoliberal market based model, and its community safety component looks too much like the Clintons "mass incarceration" for my comfort, I can think of no better qualified person to meet with Trump and discuss the flaws of his plan than Rep. Maxine Waters.
But the Dem Establishment has the minds of the CBC now. That doesn't mean they are not worried. That establishment knows fully that Blacks will drop the Dems for economic reasons in this post-modern era just as they did the GOP beginning with FDR's two New Deals of the 1930s. It is also fully understood by them that the Dems of the 1930s had the same racist reputation as the GOP now has. But that didn't stop Blacks from voting Dem in order to work and support their families in the 1930s and it will not stop them now. So the plan is to keep Blacks visceral and anti-intellectual, following mannequins and sore-loser clowns that are presented to Blacks as their leaders and heroes.
African Americans should pressure their elected officials to meet with Trump and point out the flaws in his plan, offer corrective recommendations and report back to the community what they said, his responses, and a time-line when the socioeconomic suffering can be expected to begin ending. The reason for this is clear, there is no other option at the present time. If they refuse to do so, then it will be clear to even a rat that these people work for the Dem outfit and not their constituents. Calendars should then be marked for their own re-election dates.
I have never seen such sore losers in my life. They want to abolish the electoral college. But wouldn't it be easier to abolish "super-delegates"? They want nuclear war with Russia. But wouldn't it be easier to wait until the next election?
The point is if u cashing it in like John Lewis has on some symbolic crap then you're not fighting on behalf of to people
Some black lawmakers are doing what their constituency wants them to do.....in California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is doing just that staying in California working on policy instead of celebrating in Washington with Trump
So it was okay for this racist bigot who ran his campaign on the birther movement. To call into question President Obama's legitimacy both as an Amerikkkan citizen and as a president. But not for black lawmakers? You clowns and cowards with this slave mentality mindset are exactly the reason why. This bigot was able to ride the wave of white supremacy right into the white house. For once black lawmakers need to stand up to the "Bigot and Chief". Because he's made it crystal clear by his actions over the last 20 years that he don't give a damn about black people.
The fact that the writer of this article says we should not antagonize Trump because he did not target Blacks during his campaign, the way he did with Muslims and Mexicans is cowardly! This illegitimate president will eventually come for the black community as well, and then what will you say to those you did not stand with in defiance when you need them to stand with you!
"and then what will you say to those you did not stand with in defiance when you need them to stand with you!"
I think your transition is off, I think "we" already stood in defiance for "them". Especially the "them" who arrived after 1965. So I would say, "you're welcome".
Illegitimate? Based on what? Don't worry.... I'll wait. -yc
Based on that the election was tampered with that is a fact and if that had happened in any local election it would have been ruled invalid. Also if the candidate had encouraged the tampering as Trump did they would have been disqualified. Do you need anything else, or is this site only about encouraging those who have been discriminated against for decades to just lay down and take it as you have encouraged for them to do?
No mam. Trump employs a lot of black women in management positions. Stop listening to CNN they are lying to you.
I didn't see any Mexicans or Muslims fighting for black ppl when Obama was President.
Eboni Jones I'm with you. I check so many things before I post and I don't rely on one source. These things you wish for are common sense for conservatives but liberals seem to have lost them.
Sharon Rachel tell em, girl!! I'm soooo tired of passive learners jumping on the bandwagon!! I don't trust ANY major network news source. Hell, I don't trust any "information" until after I have checked and cross-referenced for myself. Hate and anger are über contagious. I wish intelligence, tolerance, and love were as easy to spread. I can't even be sad about it anymore.
Actually Carolyn, Willie Horton was used in 1988 when Bush 41 ran for president, but I get your points. Also, we should look up Greg Palast's reporting on Crosscheck.
Congratulations to you for overcoming psychological bondage.
Ignorance is not limited to "conservative" or "liberal." There is truth in your observation, however, when ones considers the fact that many so-called liberals are now spewing things they are supposed to know better than believe.
On the other hand, conservatives, at least those not blinded by their racism, sometimes amaze me with their new-found perceptions of socioeconomic understanding.
Perhaps this is a result of both the new economic realities of many, as well as the change in strategy adopted by the vile right-wingers about a decade ago to go where the "left once reigned." Perhaps that's why some of them now make sense on "hacking" and related matters, while many of those claiming to be on the left amount to what are clearly "easily influenced pseudo-intellectuals."
BreakingBrown has valid points. What you need to understand, Cris Torres, is Democrats have been doing this bass-ackwards. Democrats sure don't like "trickle down economics" but also they like "trickle down justice" They figured we'll give white women rights, then we'll give Asians rights, then Hispanics and eventually it will trickle down to blacks and Native-Americans. If you can't acknowledge people who were wronged during the formation on the country's own soil--you expect other non-whites to go this long unscathed? Hispanics, Arabs, Muslims and Asians thought that white supremacy only meant anti-black--forgetting that it means "pro-white." The problem is immigrants got too comfortable because the silent white majority was lagging so they assumed "we have honorary white status". Remember Civil Rights was only 50 years ago and there was been a large influx of immigrants within the last 15-20 years. This was white America rallying and saying "enough is enough". If you understood American history you knew this was imminent. But non-black minorities thought they were white for 20 years. The dream is over and this was the wake up call. Welcome to our world. Another problem is you expect blacks to advocate for you-- but where were the non-black minorities when officers were playing "Call of Duty: Black Men"?
Jasmine Roberts you obviously do not know the level of discrimination that the Mexican people have faced in this country especially in rural south Texas from where I am from. The Mexican people were enslaved by rich white ranchers, they were hung from trees when they tried to run away to gain their freedom. My people have been shot in the streets by police offers just like your people have been. This is not a competition on whose people have suffered more at the hands of the white rich elite people of our country, but if we do not stand and fight together none of us will ever truly be free and be able to live the "American dream". I am sorry but if your mindset is one of I will not help other minority groups because we have had it much worse than them, then the fight is over because you are then doing the work for the elites by fighting against your brothers and sisters of color, for the crumbs that the elites give to you!
Cris Torres I never said I do not understand. Yes, Mexicans are treated horribly in border states. Japanese internment was one of America's most disgusting acts. But this doesn't change the facts. When the term "people of color" gets used in America, black people get the short end of the stick. I never told black people to not advocate for other races. But black people need to be aware as soon as the other races get theirs they spit on us. Mexican people face discrimination undoubtedly, but as someone from Southern California, Mexicans heavily discriminate against blacks and deny blacks jobs and treat black students in the public education system unfairly. You sound like a white Liberal when you think this is only about money. This is a race issue first--not a class issue. The Americas are unique because throughout history race has been linked wealth--intentionally.
Again. Mexicans are nowhere to be found when something negative happens to blacks. Instead middle class black people's tax dollars in border states is paying for sanctuary for illegals. When these illegals will not hire blacks. No backlash? When Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando--no backlash. When Mexican gangs want to ethnically cleanse blacks from LA. No backlash. When Mexicans have an ingrained racist ideology of "mejorar la raza". No backlash. Blacks don't have any friends or allies.
Cris Torres - Where have the Mexicans been in terms of supporting Blacks??? Answer - MIA. You've had no problems being exclusively hired for construction, restaurant, call centers, warehouse, agriculture and other jobs. Now, there is a contingent of you coming after government jobs because Blacks are strongly represented there. Further, your folks have been consistently racist towards Blacks - both within the US and without. You ride our asses like a wart always ready to suck up anything that we fight for but missing in the battle. And, just FYI, you should reassess your willingness to side with Muslims. Most Hispanics claim to be Christians; those are infidels in Muslim eyes. I wholeheartedly embrace all Blacks who are finally waking up to the fact that we have been used and abused by every group and have NO ALLIES among any. We never should have been entangled in any of you all's crap in the first place. We aren't immigrants nor have we ever received support from any of you. Most importantly, what you all do is WRONG and we should always be serving what is right.
So this article is basically saying just be happy with the crumbs that are thrown your way by the white elite ruling class? I may not be black, but I am brown (Mexican-American) and this type of advice only ensures that people of color will always remain under the thumb of racist and bigots like our new illegitimate president Trump. I am sorry but like one of my heroes from my cultural background once said (Emiliano Zapata) "I would rather die on my feet than begging for my life on my knees!"
Black font care about statistics they are driven by fear, ignorance and desperation!!
I don't know who wrote this caption but I wish they write more. I totally agree.
Ha. It's not the lawmakers who will suffer either.