Republican/Tea Party/Libertarian Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie said in an interview Thursday that he doesn’t believe there’s a prevalence of racism among police and added that he hasn’t seen “an articulate person” among the millions of people protesting for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality across the United States.
During The Tom Roten Morning Show, broadcast out of West Virginia Massie said “I don’t think it’s prevalent,” adding that he thinks police “have a few bad apples here and there” with the vast majority of them being “patriotic,” “pro-Second Amendment” and “pro-Constitution. “Occasionally you have a few bad apples, and then the media tries to conflate those circumstances and those actors with every policeman and I think that’s wrong,” Massie said.
Continuing Massie then went on to attack the Americans protesting against rampant police brutality in America against people of color.
What we do need nationally is to relook at our educational system. A lot of them (the protestors) are just violent looters, and lawless criminals at this point because they are engaging in violence. Most of them are young and I just wonder, who are their parents and what did they teach them? And how did they get educated to believe that this is an appropriate response? Contrast it to, you know, what Martin Luther King Jr. did. You know, isn’t there an articulate person among the group who are upset with the way things are going that could step up to the microphone and speak for all the people? I’m not seeing that person.”
Massie, a Pro-Life. Pro 2nd Amendment. Pro-Trump self proclaimed Libertarian who runs on the Republican ticket for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district is up for re-election in 2020. During his tenure Massie has voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and co-sponsored the republican anti-gay State Marriage Defense Act
The annual Fancy Farm Picnic started simply as a church picnic 139 years ago. Since then, however, it’s become Kentucky’s signature political event.
Kentucky political candidates from far and wide attend the event to stump speech exchange barbs and throw shade at their party rivals.
But this year national derision followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home as attendees taunted the GOP leader with T-shirts, signs and continuous chants of “Moscow Mitch” during his speech.
McConnell, who earlier this week publicly took offense to the nickname calling it “modern day McCarthyism” during a particularity whiny speech on the Senate floor, addressed the issue again Saturday.
Democratic candidate for Treasurer Michael Bowman who isn’t very well known fired back when he took the stage after McConnell.
“It was a little dangerous getting on the stage today because I nearly tripped over the leash that the Russians put on Mitch McConnell,” he said.
Bowman went on, “I see that the senator is no longer here,” he said noticing that McConnell left the event. “I’m sure the Russians needed him more than we did. Probably to teach him new tricks. I wouldn’t know what, he already knows how to roll over.”
The West Virginia senator, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, said that he believes the bill should allow more local control after talking to officials in his state. The bill extends federal protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance to the local officials who will be responsible for implementing it, particularly with respect to students transitioning between genders in public schools.”
The West Virginia Democratic Party was unenthused by Manchin’s remarks. In a statement, the party said “we simply cannot allow West Virginia to deny equality and protections for our LGBT community.”
And yes Joe, the Equality Act WILL override local laws. Just like the Civil Rights Act told every “local” Mississippi town that anyone can ride anywhere on the bus and local Jim Crow laws were abolished..
*CORRECTION: There’s is one other House Democrat who doesn’t support The Equality Act and that is Dan Lipinski of Illinois. Lipinski’s former primary challenger, Marie Newman, said. “Once again, he’s bucking the Democratic Party to stand against equality, something he’s done consistently throughout his 14 years in Congress.”