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Virginia Governor's Strategy is 'Straight Out of the Trump Playbook,' Says Don Lemon

"Wait for the next big story to push this scandal out of the headlines," said Lemon. "It's a strategy that's worked for the president."

CNN host Don Lemon is calling the switch of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's stories something straight out of President Trump's playbook.


Lemon referred to Trump's apology for his "grab 'em by the p***y" comments, and then his later dismissal of it as "locker room talk," as a prime example.

Northam, after admitting on Saturday that he was in a racist photo on his medical yearbook page, did an about-face in a press conference on Saturday and denied it.

"I take credit for recognizing that this was a horrific photo that was on my page, with my name, Ralph Northam, above," he said. "I looked at it. My first impression, actually, this couldn't be me."

He also acknowledged that he put shoe polish on his face when competing in a dance contest as Michael Jackson.

In his latest column, DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti wrote that Northam has to go because it's "impossible to trust him.

"The fact that Governor Northam did not reveal these flaws to the public and apologize for them years ago makes it impossible to trust him now. I'd imagine he must have spent some sleepless nights knowing that it was just a matter of time before this blew up."

Lemon said both versions of Northam's story "can't be true."

"You have got to wonder about a man who while denying he had anything to do with one racist blackface incident, admits to another one," he said.

"Why would Governor Northam contradict what he said less than 24 hours before? Why would he think that would work? It's very simple, it does work, it worked over and over and over."

Apparently, the art of alternative facts and distraction has worked quite well for Trump.

Many have argued that Trump's Twitter battles and rallies that spew heaps of inaccuracies, and attacks on democracy of Americans, particularly on people of color and the poor, are keeping us from addressing important issues at hand.

Lemon questions whether or not Northam will have the same advantage of misdirection:

"Ralph Northam's strategy is straight out of the Trump playbook, just double down, triple down, wait for the storm to pass, wait for the next big story to push this scandal out of the headlines. It is a strategy that has worked for the president but the question is, will it work this time?"

The Conversation (2)
votetocorrect07 Feb, 2019
Don Lemon is right, Trump lied and still has his base and is still in office, so Northam will do the same!
Rose Smith05 Feb, 2019

The Governor is a pathetic person. He is desperate. He will do anything to keep this job. He must have failed as a doctor. Did he leak the story about the Lt. governor??That is a 45 move.

Middle School Student Arrested After Refusing to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

Ana Alvarez, a substitute teacher, asked the student why he continues to live in the U.S., "if it's so bad here."

An 11-year-old boy was arrested for not following orders and "causing a disruption" when he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class.

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TV Station Reports on Michigan Governor's 'Curves' and Gets Slammed on Twitter

"I've got a message for all of the women and girls like mine who have to deal with garbage like this every day: I've got your back," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) gave her first annual address to the state on Tuesday focusing on infrastructure, education and bipartisanship to reach effective solutions. But a local TV station chose to focus more on Whitmer's curves in her dress. It's "a cheap, sexist and indefensible shot at a strong woman in leadership," said State Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes.

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U.S. Citizens Detained for Speaking Spanish Sue Border Patrol

"It's unconstitutional to detain people just because of their language, accent, or color of their skin," says the ACLU.

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Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez, American-born Latinas, are suing US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers for racial profiling.

They were detained at a gas station convenience store in Havre, Montana, last year, by an officer who asked the women where they were born after hearing them speak Spanish.

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Senate Backs Legislation to Make Lynching a Federal Hate Crime

"Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House," Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted.

It's 2019 and lynching still hasn't been properly outlawed. A bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), was cleared on Thursday in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime. The measure will now go to the House. Harris, Booker and Scott are the only Black members of the Senate.

Harris tweeted on Thursday:

Congress has tried more than 200 times to pass an anti-lynching law, but has failed. The Senate passed a resolution in 2005, apologizing to lynching victims.

The bipartisan bill acknowledges the harms of lynching, which is a form of domestic terrorism, and the federal government's failure to stop it.

It defines the crime as "the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person."

In December, the Senate also passed the bill. But it was days before the 115th Congress went out of business, and the measure never reached the House floor.

"It's not the first time we've come down to this body to try to right the wrongs of history," Booker said on the Senate floor.

"For too long we have failed, failed to ensure justice for the victims of history and failed to make clear in the United States of America, in this great country, lynching is and always has been not only a federal crime but a moral failure."

According to the NAACP, "From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States."

"Of the total, 3,446 of the victims were Black, accounting for approximately 72.7 percent; and 1,297 were white, which is 27.3 percent."

"These numbers seem large, but it is known that not all of the lynchings were ever recorded," the organization stated.

Don Lemon and April Ryan Debate Intensely Over Kamala Harris' 'Blackness'

CNN analysts April Ryan and Don Lemon were up in arms over Sen. Kamala Harris' ethnicity.

White House correspondent April Ryan and CNN anchor Don Lemon got into an intense debate over 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris' ethnic identity.

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Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers Call Kaepernick 'Controversial' and Remove His Name From Black History Resolution

"Beyond outrageous that we, as the Legislative Black Caucus, had to get the permission of our white colleagues to pass our Black History Month resolution," tweeted Rep. Shelia Stubbs.

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick is so "controversial" to GOP lawmakers in Wisconsin that they refused to include his name in a resolution to honor prominent Black Americans during February. But for members of the Legislature's Black caucus, Kaepernick, who was born in Wisconsin, is anything but controversial.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player in 2016 to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Kaepernick, along with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and baseball legend Reggie Jackson, are some of the more than two-dozen names suggested by the Black caucus to include in the resolution.

Republicans refused to support a resolution naming Kaepernick "for obvious reasons," Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna said during a news conference on Tuesday. He added, "Colin Kaepernick is obviously a controversial figure."

Steineke and others in the GOP are following the lead of the head of their party, who has called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem "sons of bi***es."

Kaepernick is currently pursuing a grievance against the NFL. He claims that ever since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in early 2017, team owners and executives have colluded to keep him out of the league.

Wisconsin Republicans initially blocked the Black caucus' resolution. But then they amended it to delete Kaepernick's name on a 61-34 party-line vote. Democrats had to decide whether to go against their own resolution or accept it without Kaepernick. They wound up agreeing to remove his name, and the state Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, the Republicans, who are all white, in the Wisconsin Legislature objected to how Black lawmakers wanted to honor — Black History Month.

One of the Black lawmakers who authored the resolution, Democratic Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee, called the incident "a textbook example of white privilege."

Wisconsin's population is 87.3 percent white, a much less diverse population than average.

Crowley also said that Kaepernick, who is a philanthropist, was included, in part, because he gave a $25,000 donation to a nonprofit for teens in Milwaukee called Urban Underground.

Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) tweeted on Tuesday:

State Sen. Lena Taylor said on Wednesday, that she would offer an amendment to include Kaepernick to the resolution.