Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Disgusting Fraud


Members of the Congressional Black Caucus criticized the way Donald Trump delivered his admission, that President Obama was born in the United States.  They insisted it was insufficient and demanded an apology for the years Trump promoted his "birther" claim.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina and the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus said: "Donald Trump is a disgusting fraud."
Butterfield and many other members, made comments at a news conference on a noisy Washington street corner, just outside a convention center where many were attending events for "Congressional Black Caucus Week."

One by one, members called Trump names, that included "hater," "bigot" and "racial arsonist."  They stressed that they were speaking on behalf of the group's political action committee, which endorsed the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and not the caucus itself.

They were outraged, when Trump concluded a campaign event at his new hotel, with a few blunt sentences that admitted that Obama was born in America. 

Virgin Islands delegate Stacey Plasket claimed that Trump only addressed the matter because "he was forced to address it.  Did he address in the a manner that showed him incorrect?  No.  He has moved on."

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York urged voters: “Run to the polls to make sure this hater is not elected as the next president of the United States of America." 

Trump is considered the leader of the birther movement.  He took credit for Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate five years ago.  He is trying to boost his popularity among minority voters by traveling to places like Detroit and Flint, Michigan, and promising to address inner-city crime and expand education opportunities in urban areas.

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Trump had only 3 percent support among African-American voters.  

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