El Paso Shooter’s Manifesto Echoes John Cornyn’s Tweet

After the deadly weekend shootings in El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio, the President’s hateful rhetoric and especially his hardline stance on immigrants has taken center stage. A recent tweet by Senator John Cornyn(R-TX) is also getting closer scrutiny because some claim the El Paso shooter’s manifesto echoed similar anti-Hispanic sentiments as Senator Cornyn’s tweet–that Hispanics are replacing Whites in Texas.

Now we can all agree that it is unfair to pin any national tragedy on a politician’s previous public comments and Yours Truly is certainly not suggesting here that the El Paso shooter read Senator Cornyn’s tweet and then decided to open fire on Hispanic shoppers at a Walmart in El Paso. What is fair debate however is that President Trump has a well documented history of stoking racial tensions using very incendiary language that has even garnered praise from White Supremacy groups. It is also well known that Congressional Republicans like Senator Cornyn rarely push back on the President when he engages in such hateful rhetoric, the subject of Yours Truly’s recent post “GOP Complicit In Trump’s Racism”

Therefore when a hate crime against Hispanic shoppers like the one that happened in El Paso takes place, it is fair to confront Senator John Cornyn and other Republicans about their decision to remain silent even when the President engages in race-baiting speech. In Senator Cornyn’s case in particular, his tweet pointing out the fact that the Hispanic rate of migration to the state of Texas outnumbers that of Whites by a 9 to 1 margin certainly raises justifiable questions in light of the El Paso shooting. Was Senator Cornyn pushing the “White Replacement” conspiracy theory that is very popular among White Supremacy Groups worldwide?

It is well known that one of the grievances raised by hate groups and especially White Supremacists worldwide is this idea of “White Replacement”—that somehow there’s a global conspiracy to replace the White race with other ethnic groups. You’ll remember during the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, that White Supremacy advocates could be heard chanting “Jews will not replace us”. This “White Replacement” hysteria is fueling the growth of anti-immigrant political groups in Western Europe and some political pundits argue is the same hysteria currently being pushed by President Trump and his GOP with their harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric. It is therefore perfectly in order for Senator Cornyn to be questioned about the motivation behind his 9 to 1 tweet.

It also cannot be left unsaid that during a recent Congressional hearing, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took Deputy FBI Director Michael McGarrity to task over why the FBI and other law enforcement agencies(like DHS) are not doing more to combat the rising threat of domestic terrorism posed by White Supremacy groups, a subject Yours Truly wrote about in “AOC Exposes FBI’s Terrorism Double Standard” . (AOC is always ahead of the curve folks).

Deputy Director McGarrity’s response was that there are no current laws/legal provisions that allow the FBI to vigorously go after domestic terrorists. The question then becomes, how does the same FBI and DHS currently target people they perceive to be “Black extremists” or “Black militants”? What current provisions/laws are they basing these surveillance practices on, that they are seemingly unwilling or unable to apply to White Supremacists? There have been numerous credible media reports that surveillance on “Black militants” is indeed happening as we speak in most major U.S. cities–some for reasons as mundane as anti-Trump/DHS social media posts, or even organizing,/participating in Black Lives Matter protests. Are these media reports “fake news”? These are some of the questions the public expects the mainstream media to pose to FBI and DHS brass in light of the two deadly weekend mass shootings.

Bottom line, the mainstream media fails the public miserably in the way it covers national tragedies. Specifically, the questions that need to be answered are often not answered because other incidents usually pop up and take the cameras/spotlight away. The El Paso shooting has raised two very important questions that needs to be addressed the first one being how surveillance capabilities of the FBI and DHS are being misused/abused. Are the FBI and DHS wasting surveillance resources needlessly chasing down perceived “militants” of color while totally ignoring the actual threat of domestic terrorism by White Supremacists? The second question (a no-brainer), is whether the hate-filled rhetoric emanating from President Trump and his Republican party is fueling the rise White Supremacy groups in the U.S.? These are two questions the mainstream media must seriously delve into in the aftermath of the two deadly shootings in El Paso and Dayton. The Mainstream media will likely give Trump and Senator John Cornyn a pass as they usually do with Republicans. However you can rest assured that Yours Truly, your trusted grassroots journalist, will not only hold Sen Cornyn’s feet to the fire regarding this racist tweet, but will also and make it the citadel upon which his 2020 reelection prospects fail. Stay tuned.

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GOP Complicit In Trump’s Racism

Ever since Trump descended the golden escalator at Trump Tower and declared his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, there have been questions about whether he is a racist. Political pundits agree that Trump’s very rise to political prominence is directly tied to his clamor for former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate even though he knew full well Obama was a born in the U.S.–the racist “Birther” movement.

Since then we’ve seen his attack on Mexican immigrants calling them among other things “rapists”, his defense of White Supremacists in Charlottesville, VA with the “good people on both sides” argument, his attack on African immigrants with the “shithole countries” remark and the latest, his attack on predominantly Black Baltimore as a “rat infested” city that “no human” would want to live in.

It appears at every turn Trump shows us his openly racist tendencies but for some reason, we are not yet ready to accept what we are witnessing. Folks, when it comes to Trump’s racism, there is nothing left to see. This is a racist President who has made a conscious decision that racial divisions will benefit him electorally in 2020.

More importantly, congressional Republicans who have steadfastly stood behind this President know about his racist tendencies but have likewise made the conscious decision that Trump’s race-baiting benefits them electorally. Congressional Republicans have therefore opted to either remain silent in the face of Trump’s racist attacks, or when they do  criticize it, they do so in the vaguest of terms so as not to upset him.

It is therefore time for Democrats and indeed the mainstream media to hold these elected Republicans accountable for aiding and abetting Trump’s racism. We need to disabuse ourselves of this notion that Trump is the big bad racist over there and over here we have his loyal congressional Republicans who support him in all his other agendas but his racism. It’s about time we adopted comedian D.L. Hughley‘s stance on Republican support for Trump which is that, they support Trump because of his racism.

Bottom line as we approach the 2020 elections, Democrats need to start saying it loud and clear that Trump is pursuing a racist campaign and start calling out Republicans running for office as being complicit in his racism. Democrats cannot just sit idly by and watch Trump as he runs his racist campaign. They must make it very clear to the voters in 2020 that Republicans are complicit in Trump’s racism and therefore don’t deserve to get elected. This especially applies to vulnerable 2020 Republicans like Senators Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner(Colorado), John Cornyn (Texas) and Martha McSally(Arizona)

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Trump Admin’s Flagrant Attempt At Dem Voter Suppression In North Carolina


As the media is engrossed with the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the Trump administration is engaged in an effort that can only be seen as a flagrant attempt to suppress Dem voter turnout in North Carolina.

Mother Jones reports that the Justice Department working in conjunction with Immigration and CustomsEnforcemnt(ICE) has issued wide-ranging subpoenas to 44 Dem-leaning counties in North Carolina seeking voter information going back 8 years. They are apparently trying to catch immigrants voting illegally–a repeatedly debunked charge Trump made after the 2016 elections to explain how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.


Because there is no “immigrants illegally voting” crisis, it is very troubling that DOJ & ICE would issue such wide ranging subpoenas to 44 counties right ahead of the midterms–counties that traditionally vote for Democrats. The county election officials have expressed concerns that this massive request for voter info right before the November midterms will negatively affect their preparedness for early and absentee voting for the midterms.  There is no other logical explanation as to why the Trump Admin would unnecessarily burden Dem-leaning states with such subpoenas this close to the midterms, other than they are trying to suppress Dem voter turnout.

Just recently there was a story about how the Trump Admin is denying passports to U.S. Citizens because their parents allegedly used “fake” birth certificates decades ago. One has to assume that there are a lot of similarly situated U.S. citizens in North Carolina and other states who for fear of being investigated for being a “fake” U.S. citizen will simply opt to sit out the midterms.

Bottom line this is yet another deplorable but not surprising move by the Trump admin against non-White immigrants. Dems and the mainstream media must call out this clear cut attempt at Dem voter suppression by the Trump Admin.

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GA GOP County Officials Plan To Close 75% Of Polling Stations In Black Area


According to a New York Times piece GOP election officials in Georgia plan to close 7 out of 9 polling stations in Randolph county, a predominantly black county that votes overwhwlmingly for Democrats.

The New York Times piece points out that the majority of residents in this majority black county are poor and therefore lack reliable transportation. Closing down more than 75% of the polling stations would require them to travel more than 10 miles to vote–a move that will almost certainly depress voter turnout.


It cannot also be left unsaid(and the NYT article catches it) that this shameful move by Randolph county GOP election officials is a direct result of decisions by the the Roberts Supreme Court which have rolled back Voting Rights Act provisions that required state election officials to get permission before making changes that affect how people vote. In essence the Roberts Supreme Court has literally given local state officials total control in election related issues, the result of which is this shameful episode in Randolph county, Georgia.

It also bears pointing out that Georgia, and its GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp in particular, has long been in the crosshairs of election integrity advocates and this latest incident in Randolph county will only make things worse.

This kind of chicanery by state GOP election officials is quite common in southern states and Yours Truly has repeatedly called on the DNC to take action against GOP election officials in Texas who have packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The DNC is yet to move a finger.


Bottom line even though the article points out that the Geoegia ACLU is going after Randolph county GOP election officials, grassroots Democrats would prefer the DNC to be on the forefront of these fights. There’s no earthly reason why the DNC continues to stay in the sidelines while local GOP election officials are actively scheming on how to steal the Dem vote!!

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Ted Cruz’s Ties To Racist Talk Radio Host Must Be Exposed

One of the visible effects of Donald Trump’s ascendancy to  the U.S. Presidency has been the rise in racial tensions in America. Numerous news articles have been written regarding this very topic. The racial tensions came to a head during the infamous Charlottesville demonstration where Neo-Nazi groups, professing their support for Trump clashed with counter-protestors denouncing their message of hate. It was during Charlottesville that Americans really came to terms with the racist elements that constitute a sizable portion of the Trump base.

As expected Charlottesville evoked a lot of national debate about race relations and whether Trump was taking the country back to its dark racial past. Some prominent Republicans even suggested that Trump’s constant stoking of racial tensions made him unfit to lead the GOP and the nation. As it usually happens in U.S. politics however, the race relations debate died shortly after Charlottesville as the Mainstream Media got consumed by other headlines.

On 5/29/2018 ABC TV star Roseanne Barr reignited that race relations debate when she sent out a tweet likening former President Obama's Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett to an Ape. Roseanne is a big Trump fan so naturally her racist tweet was met with huge outrage on twitter. ABC's response to Roseanne's racist tweet was bold and swift--the network immediately cancelled her show.

Roseanne's sudden fall from grace received a lot of media coverage and deservedly so. However what is conspicuously  absent from the coverage is that prominent Republicans have been courting known racists for years. One classic example is Senator Ted Cruz, whose close friendship with a Houston area talk radio host Michael Berry has raised eyebrows for years.

Senator Ted Cruz with Talk Radio Host Michael Berry

Talk radio host Michael Berry, host of the Michael Berry Show has been known to make a lot of openly racist comments against former President Obama, his wife Michelle, Congresswonan Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston,TX) and many other prominent African Americans. A lot of Texans have wondered why leading Republicans especially Ted Cruz continue to frequent his radio show even though he traffics in racially insensitive remarks.

At this time when the nation is engaged in a serious debate on race relations following Roseanne Barr's insults, it would be helpful if the Mainstream Media finally confronted Senator Ted Cruz about his close association with this controversial Houston talk radio host--especially now that he is running for reelection. Texas voters need to know where Senator Ted Cruz stands on race relations

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