CNN host reveals the damning evidence that Republicans knew how dangerous Trump was all along

During the final days of his presidency, Donald Trump's critics are blaming him for the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6 by far-right extremists. But CNN's Brianna Keilar, in a blistering commentary this week, stressed that Trump was appealing to extremists long before January 6 — and she made her point by airing a supercut video devoted to Republicans who called out Trump as dangerous and unhinged in 2016 before they became obsequious Trump sycophants.

The video shows clips of Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Fox News pundit Kayleigh McEnany (who went on to became White House press secretary), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, then-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry lambasting Trump in 2016. All of them, Keilar noted, "went on to broadly support or work for Trump's administration — ignoring his nods to extremists, acting like they didn't see his tweets, playing whataboutism with liberals instead of acknowledging the uniquely troubling nature of President Trump. And all of that emboldened him to fulfill the predictions of these Republicans who sounded the alarm on Donald Trump and then pretended, for years, that it wasn't going off."

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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