This Unhinged Trump Campaign Chair Broke the Racist Trump-o-Meter
An Ohio country chair for Republican candidate Donald Trump, whose campaign has been marred by racism, xenophobia and bigotry, single-handedly confirmed her own racism and bigotry, claiming in an interview with the Guardian that there was never “any racism until Obama got elected” and that Black Lives Matter is a “stupid waste of time.”
Neglecting our nation’s 200 years of racial history (and the 200 years before that), Mahoning County's Kathy Miller launched into a rant about the state of race relations in the United States, opining, “If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault.”
“You had all the advantages going to college, you had all the advantages because they got into schools without the same grades as white kids,” Miller said. “I think that, when we look at the last 50 years, where are we and why?”
According to Miller, we’re where we are because of “three generations of all [black people] still having unwed babies,” “[black] kids that don’t go through high school,” and a black community that doesn’t “take responsibility for how they live.”
“I think that’s good Mr. Trump is pointing that out,” Miller added, while simultaneously rebuffing the suggestion Trump courts racism with his divisive campaign rhetoric. “The media making stuff up,” Miller asserted.
Miller said that as a career real estate broker, she never experienced racism in her industry. Yet her real estate tycoon presidential candidate was sued by the federal government in 1973 for labeling applications from black would-be renters with a “C” for “Colored,” ensuring they would be denied the rentals. But no, no racism in the real estate industry.
Miller also called the Black Lives Matter movement a “stupid waste of time,” and said black people don’t turn out to vote because it’s not “part of the way they’re raised.”
“For us, I mean, that was something we all did in our families, we all voted,” she added.
Miller made no mention of the institutionalized systems in place that routinely strip black people of their right to vote, like North Carolina’s voter ID law, which was struck down in July by a federal appeals court for, as the court wrote, “target[ing] African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”
Miller also said she “never experienced” and “never saw” racism growing up in a Mahoning County, Ohio, with a black population of 16 percent. “Growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me,” Miller said. “We were just all kids going to school.”
“I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected,” Miller continued. "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.”
In case you’re wondering, Miller doesn’t care if people think her opinions are racist. “It’s the truth,” she insisted.
Watch the whole video at the Guardian.