Author: Eugene Scott

Sen. Cory Booker’s statement reflects the sentiments of many black Americans in the Trump era

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spoke out on Jan. 16 against President Trump’s comments calling African nations “shithole countries,” and Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s silence about them. (Senate Judiciary Committee) Following reports that the leader of the free world called the Caribbean and African nations from which many black immigrants hail “shithole countries” — or  “shithouse countries,” depending on whose report you believe — multiple Trump surrogates sought to defend the president. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday, while testifying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the president used “tough language” during a conversation on immigration policy in an Oval Office meeting last...

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Republicans often point to Rep. Mia Love as proof of their inclusivity. But she thinks Trump’s comments are racist.

Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., in February 2015. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) The Republican Party has had a problem with black voters for decades. This is something that many party leaders began to acknowledge more openly after Mitt Romney’s poor performance among black voters during the 2012 presidential election. This concern appeared to magnify after the election of President Trump, who received a higher percentage of the black vote than Romney but has since made headlines for comments that black Americans have generally deemed offensive. As a result, Trump’s approval rating among black voters...

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Trump’s history of making offensive comments about nonwhite immigrants

The Fix’s Eugene Scott explains how Trump’s “shithole countries” comment is the latest example of his history of demeaning statements on nonwhite immigrants. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) President Trump appears to have a habit of making offensive comments about nonwhite immigrants. And while many of his surrogates argue that the president is not against this particular population, there is a trail of comments that tell a different story. The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey reported Thursday that Trump made a comment about wanting more immigrants from places like Norway rather than from “shithole counties” like Haiti and those in Africa. “Why are...

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Pastor’s admission of ‘sexual incident’ has evangelicals calling for their own #MeToo moment

During a Jan. 7 church service, Memphis pastor Andy Savage admitted to and apologized for a “sexual incident” that occurred between him and a teenage woman in 1998. Highpoint Church leaders have faced criticism for keeping Savage on its staff. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post) A Memphis congregation’s response to reports that a pastor sexually assaulted a woman when she was a teenager is forcing some evangelicals into their own #MeToo moment. After Jules Woodson posted a detailed allegation that her then-pastor, Andy Savage, sexually assaulted her as a teenager, the pastor admitted to a “sexual incident” with a high school...

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Some conservatives who backed Trump claim Winfrey’s lack of experience disqualifies her from office

This image released by NBC shows Oprah Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP) Following a speech condemning one of the most-discussed social ills in our time — sexual assaults on women — conversations about media mogul Oprah Winfrey launching a presidential run against President Trump dominated social media Monday. These discussions seemed to gain traction when two anonymous sources told CNN that Winfrey’s confidants have been encouraging her to run for office for months. And Brad Anderson, the Iowa state director for President Barack Obama’s reelection, tweeted his...

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Despite White House denial, some find Trump's comments about black immigrants believable

President Trump signs a tax-overhaul bill into law in the Oval Office of the White House on Dec. 22. The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump previously made stereotypical comments about black immigrants in an Oval Office meeting. (Mike Theiler/Pool via Bloomberg) The White House is disputing a New York Times report that President Trump allegedly made offensive comments about black immigrants — specifically Haitians and Nigerians. But low confidence in the president combined with his history of controversial comments about immigrants and black people have led some to approach the White House’s denial with disbelief. During a June Oval Office meeting attended by top White House officials, the president was supposedly angered by just how many immigrants had received visas to enter the U.S. in 2017, according to six officials who attended or were briefed about the meeting. Trump had won the 2016 presidential election after promising to be tough on immigration, and his immigration ban was constantly facing pushback and criticism from activists, some members of his own party and the courts. Many Haitians took to the streets to protest President Trump’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status granted after the deadly 2010 earthquake. (Reuters) The Times reported that Trump had read a list revealing the number of immigrants that had entered the country: Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who...

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Trump and Moore aren't the only ones to blame for how some perceive 'evangelicals'

Faith leaders pray over President Trump as he declared Sept. 3 a national day of prayer for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (The Washington Post) After Roy Moore lost Alabama’s special Senate election, despite running a campaign on what he called Christian values, some evangelical voters seem to be considering that their label has been co-opted. There’s a growing concern that aligning with people such as Moore and President Trump has hurt evangelicalism in the public eye. But others connected to the movement say evangelicals, particularly white evangelicals, had a perception problem long before Trump and Moore became the faces of the community’s politics. Moore’s promise to bring Christian values to the nation’s capital helped him win 80 percent of the white evangelical vote, similar to Trump in the 2016 election. But Moore was highly unpopular with people outside of evangelicalism, in part because of his incendiary comments about Muslims, gay people, people of color and people he perceived did not share his Christian faith. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, told The Fix: “This did not start with our recent national scene. The term ‘evangelical’ as applied to this movement was meant by Billy Graham and Carl F.H. Henry to carry a specific theological and missional content. For years, though, evangelicalism has been defined by the market, not by the...

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