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Go Nats!


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When Donald Trump was booed during game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park in Washington, the crowd wasn’t booing the president of the United States. They were booing Donald Trump.

While a lot of people, even many on the left, are upset the president of the United States was booed, others like myself found it appropriate. Presidents have been booed before, and at Nationals’ baseball games. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were both booed by Nationals fans. But neither of them got a “lock him up” chant. Neither saw banners inside the park blaring “Impeach!”

There are a lot of reasons to boo Donald Trump. He’s destroying this country. He aims to be divisive. He only wants to be president for the worst Americans. He caters to Russia. He’s a narcissist engaging in corruption as we speak. He promotes nepotism. He’s a sexist. He’s really stupid. And…he’s the worst president in American history. But maybe the best reason to boo Donald Trump is because he’s a racist. The man has publicly stated he’s a nationalist.

Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and former Virginia attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli got into a heated exchange with Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz during a committee hearing Wednesday. Wasserman Schultz accused Cuccinelli of pursuing a “white supremacist” ideology.

She said, “You want to block all immigration and make life harder for immigrants and you have demonstrated that you will pursue this heinous white supremacist ideology at all costs, even if it means making critically ill children your collateral damage in the process.”

The Cooch was upset and said her comments were “defamatory.” She shot back, “there’s nothing defamatory about it.”

Cuccinelli said, “I am not a white supremacist, as you alluded, nor is the president.”

If Ken Cuccinelli is your character witness that you’re not a racist, you’re gonna want to find another character.

Wasserman Schultz said “facts matter” when Cuccinelli argued he’s not a white supremacist. She’s right. It’s not defamatory to call a racist a racist. Donald Trump is pursuing a white supremacist ideology.

If Donald Trump doesn’t want to get booed, then he may not want to invite the Washington Nationals to the White House. If he wants to be in a warm, loving, sycophantic atmosphere that makes him feel squishy inside, then he needs to invite like-minded people, like white nationalists. I’m sure Stephen Miller will want autographs.

You need to boo Donald Trump. I need to boo Donald Trump. The people who aren’t booing him are the ones wearing sheets.

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Did You NAZI The News?


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Donald Trump demands complete and total loyalty. He believes any attacks on him are attacks on America because he’s America. He doesn’t want independent thought in the Republican Party, deeming those who criticize him as “Never Trumpers” and “human scum.” It’s as if not being a member of his cult takes away the critic’s credibility. The truth is, there are still people who respect the office and hate to see a racist, narcissistic, sexist, sophomoric, dumbass destroy it and all our cherished institutions.

In demanding loyalty, Donald Trump believes the press should only report favorably about him. Recently, he’s taken issue with Fox News. After the network reported a fact, Trump tweeted, “There’s something going on at Fox News.” He totally lost his shit when Fox published a poll showing a majority of American voters think he should be impeached. Trump lashed out in another tweet, saying, “Whoever their pollster is, they suck.” He complained that Fox is much different than it used to be in the “good old days.” I’m assuming the “good old days” when it was run by sexual harassers and assaulters. At least he still has Hannity, Tucker, Jeanine, and the morning gaggle of buttpoodles, Fox & Friends.

Trump really hates legitimate news outlets. He banned CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House until a court ruled he can’t ban reporters. He’s labeled that network as “fake news,” along with several others. He’s screamed at and bullied reporters, especially if they’re black and female. He refers to The Washington Post as the “Amazon Washington Post,” and has sought to punish Amazon by having federal agencies not grant government contracts to the company. He calls his hometown paper The “failing” New York Times. He’s accused journalists and publications of “treason,” and he’s talked about taking away the First Amendment which protects a free press.

Now, Trump has ordered the White House to cancel its subscriptions to the Times and the Post because of their factual reporting. He ordered other government agencies to follow suit and terminate their subscriptions as well.

Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association said, “Pretending to ignore the work of a free press won’t make the news go away or stop reporters from informing the public and holding those in power accountable.”

John Kennedy got fed up with the coverage by The New York Herald Tribune and ordered that it not be delivered to the White House. A Republican congressman said, “It might be well to remind President Kennedy that on Jan. 20, 1961, he was inaugurated as president, not coronated as king.” It was revealed years later that while the subscription was canceled, Kennedy had “bootleg” copies brought to the White House until he eventually restored the subscription.

Retired four-star general Barry McCaffrey compared Trump to Mussolini and said, “The White House Trump statement telling the entire Federal Government to terminate subscriptions to the NYT and Wash Post is a watershed moment in national history. No room for HUMOROUS media coverage. This is deadly serious. This is Mussolini.”

I’m fine with Trump not reading real news. In case you’re a Republican, there is no such thing as “fake news.” If it’s fake, then it’s not news. Donald Trump, upon insisting on only reading lies and conspiracy theories, is a fake president.

But it’s in his best interest to read the Times and the Post, as they’re the two best newspapers in the country. If he doesn’t read them, how will he know how the impeachment process is really going? How will he know when he’s been impeached?

Trump’s move is further proof that we need a strong, independent, free press exposing the truth now more than ever. It was a newspaper, The Washington Post, that took down President Richard Nixon.

The Washington Post’s motto is, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” But one can argue, it’s been dark at the White House for a while now. It takes a stupid president to choose to remain ignorant.

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Trump Lynching


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Yesterday, in one of his greatest reaches to paint himself as being unfairly victimized, Donald Trump used what might be the worst comparison in his presidency. That’s saying a lot because he’s made a lot of terrible comparisons.

Donald Trump equated his impeachment to a lynching. He tweeted, “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”

What the Democrats are doing is legal. It’s in the Constitution, which Donald Trump calls “phony.” Lynching is not legal and I don’t believe it ever was in this nation, though it was allowed.

White Christian conservative men (let’s just pretend Trump’s a Christian since he claims it) are the biggest whiners about victimization where there isn’t any. In this instance, one of them is appropriating actual victimization, something that brutally happened to hundreds of Americans. Most of those Americans who were lynched in the past were black men, hung by white, Christian, conservative men.

Hey, Trump cultists. Guess what. Worse things have happened to people than being impeached. What will Trump appropriate next? Slavery? Japanese internment? The Holocaust? No, Donald Trump. Your impeachment is nothing like a lynching, especially since most lynching victims were only guilty of being the wrong color in a hateful society. Donald Trump is guilty of violating his oath of office. Nobody is hanging him because he’s orange.

That’s exactly why Donald Trump is going off the rails and lashing out in every direction. It’s because he’s guilty and America can see the evidence. Asking a foreign nation to investigate a political opponent isn’t just violating his oath of office, it’s illegal. It’s illegal even without a quid pro quo, but we have that, too.

In the summary of the phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president, Trump is asking him to investigate his opponent. Later in front of the press, Trump admitted it. He asked China to investigate his opponent in front of the press. The terms and quid pro quo are in the texts between U.S. diplomats. Trump’s idiot lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, said he brought up investigating the Bidens to Ukrainian authorities. Trump’s own chief-of-staff explicitly described the terms of Ukraine receiving U.S. military aid in their war against Russia was dependent upon them announcing an investigation into a conspiracy theory over Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election and investigating Joe Biden’s son. Multiple witnesses have testified before Congress about those terms and there being a quid pro quo.

Yesterday, Bill Taylor, a career diplomat and acting-ambassador to Ukraine, testified before Congress that the White House had threatened to withdraw much-needed military aid unless Ukraine’s president announced investigations for Trump’s political benefit. In a 15-page opening statement, Taylor repeatedly (in case you’re a Republican, “repeatedly” means a bunch of times) expressed his shock and bewilderment as he watched U.S. policy toward Ukraine get overtaken by Trump’s demand that newly elected president Volodymyr Zelensky “go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Joe Biden and 2016 election interference.” By the way, that 2016 election interference by Ukraine is a debunked conspiracy theory. For some weird reason, Republicans like Trump believe the DNC server, which is still in Washington, is in Ukraine.

Because they don’t have anything to contradict his testimony and the fact that everything is true, Republicans engaged the strategy of attacking the accuser. They cried that since he’s a career diplomat, who’s served under Republican and Democratic presidents, he’s a member of the swamp and deep state. One Republican even complained that he’s unelected. Uh, he’s appointed just like every member of the president’s cabinet. Do you know who was never elected or appointed to serve in the Trump administration? Rudy Giuliani. Fuckers.

In the movie Liar, Liar, Jim Carrey’s character, a lawyer who is magically cursed not to lie by a birthday wish (it’s a stupid movie), objected during a trial and the judge asked why. He said, “because that testimony is hurting my case.”

As for the “lynching” comment, the most Republicans were willing to say against it was, “That’s not the language I would use,” which is what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who’s from a state where at least 147 lynchings occurred, agreed with Trump and used the term himself and said the House actions amount to a “lynching in every sense,” and it’s “literally a political lynching.” He went on to say, “It’s not just racial, my friend. I’m from South Carolina. I understand it very well. Here’s what you don’t get. Mob rule is what lynching is all about. You grab somebody because you don’t like them. This is what happened to Kavanaugh. You’re guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent.” Graham couldn’t stop saying “lynching.”

I think the mob consists of the guys defending Trump and going after everyone who’s ever said anything truthful about him.

Donald Trump could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue, release a summary of a phone call boasting about the shooting, go before cameras and brag about the shooting while promising to do it again, have his chief-of-staff say “he shot someone on 5th Avenue,” put Giuliani on Hannity to say “he shot someone on 5th Avenue,” and have multiple witnesses go before Congress and testify they saw him shoot someone on 5th Avenue, then have the shooting victim’s corpse paraded in front of them and Republicans would say, “I don’t see any evidence of a shooting on 5th Avenue.” That’s what’s happening here. The evidence is piling up and Republicans are refusing to see it.

Republicans have refused to see Trump’s racism, his stupidity, his inability to do the job, his divisiveness, his collusion with Russia, and even his paying off a porn star. Now, they have direct evidence in their face and they still say it’s not there. Right now, they’re walking into a wall and the wall’s not moving.

Donald Trump is guilty and he should be impeached. So far, his best defense is a horrible, racist comparison that he’s being “lynched.” But Donald Trump is not going to be lynched. In fact, he’s going to stand trial in the Senate. He will possibly stand several trials in the future. He will be judged fairly, not just by his peers, but by people better than he is. Even with impeachment and imprisonment, Trump will receive better than he deserves.

Donald Trump is a repulsive, stupid, whiny, narcissistic, lying human being. And yesterday, he presented one of his greatest examples of the fact he’s a racist. The House will impeach him and the Republicans should join in.

History shows there’s a big difference between lynching and impeachment. History will also show that everyone who is still supporting Trump through all his corruption and racism is on the wrong side of it.

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Feel The Endorsements


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Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to do anything newsworthy for Republicans to obsess over her. They haven’t stopped talking about her on a daily basis since 2016. Donald Trump’s not over her and continues to tweet and talk about her at his hate rallies. Last week, I saw at least three cartoons by Republican political cartoonists, and that was before news about the investigation into her server came out. But after her comments on a podcast hosted by former Obama adviser David Plouffe, even Democrats are going a bit bonkers.

On the podcast, Clinton said Russians may be using a current Democratic presidential candidate to swing the 2020 election to Donald Trump, much like they used Jill Stein in 2016. She didn’t name the candidate she referred to as a female, but everyone knows she’s talking about Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard.

Clinton said, “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate.” Gabbard responded by calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” In the process, she failed to deny it.

While a lot of Democrats are defending Tulsi, calling Clinton’s attacks unfair on a veteran and sexist, many believe Clinton’s comments are important and provide a warning for the nation. I do too.

The New York Times published an article last week titled, What, Exactly, is Tulsi Gabbard up to? In the article, they point out how she’s co-opted the Republican conspiracy theory that the Democratic Party is “rigging” the primary with help from the media, and how she’s become a star of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists, and Russian bots.

Gabbard has received praise from Steve Bannon, white nationalist Richard Spencer, Trump-loving televangelist Franklin Graham, Libertarian Ron Paul, and far-right conspiracy theoriest Mike Cervonich.

She’s become popular on 4chan where right-wing trolls and anti-semites call her “mommy,” and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that endorsed Donald Trump, takes credit for her qualifying for the first two Democratic debates. The Kremlin-backed Russian news outlet RT can’t stop talking about her. Additionally, there appears to be a Russian-bot campaign promoting her on Twitter.

While she hasn’t actually rejected any of that support, she finally snagged one endorsement that she felt she did have to denounce. That was the endorsement of former Grand Wizard David Duke. Gabbard said, “I have strongly denounced David Duke’s hateful views and his so-called ‘support’ multiple times in the past, and reject his support,” and tweeted, “U didn’t know I’m Polynesian/Cauc? Dad couldn’t use ‘whites only’ water fountain. No thanks. Ur white nationalism is pure evil.” Nevertheless, Duke changed his Twitter page banner to a picture of Gabbard with text reading, “Tulsi Gabbard for President. Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!” Whether she likes it or not, Tulsi has been coopted like the Confederate flag.

Tulsi’s first media appearance in attacking Clinton didn’t help kill the impression that she’s fishing for far-right, conspiracy-loving, right-wing support, as it was Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.

Donald Trump also attacked Clinton, but mostly for her claims that Jill Stein is a Russian asset. Trump, the Russian asset, defended Stein from being a Russian asset and encouraged a third-party candidacy.

Only an idiot can’t see what David Duke, Donald Trump, Tucker, 4-chan, RT, The Daily Stormer, and Russian bots are doing. While Gabbard has rejected a third-party candidacy, if she were to run, it would probably give Donald Trump four more years.

Personally, I think when Nazis start supporting you, you should go home.

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Condemning Racism


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Donald Trump issued a statement denouncing hatred and white supremacy in a prepared speech written by someone else who is probably not Stephen Miller.

Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must renounce, racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.” In other news, David Duke is now celebrating Kwanza.

Donald Trump denouncing white supremacy would be like him denouncing men who assault women. Wait, he did that. It’ll be like him calling someone else “crooked.” Crap. OK, it’ll be like him calling someone else a “fat pig.” Damn. It’ll be like him going after people who insult veterans. Last try…it’ll be like him criticizing men who assault women. Shit. I tried. Anyway, the point is, I’m not buying it.

It’s kinda hard to believe you’re serious about denouncing racism when you’re the KKK’s poster boy and candidate of choice. Or, when you say a man of Mexican heritage isn’t fit to be a judge over one of your lawsuits. Or, when you refer to immigrants as an “invasion,” or “rapists and murderers,” or “animals,” or an “infestation.” It’s hard to believe you when you say there were good people marching among those chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” It’s hard to believe Trump is serious about confronting racism when he says four female representatives of color should “go back to where they came from.” I can’t take him seriously when he refers to Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

At one of his recent hate rallies, the crowd started chanting “send her back” after he made comments about Representative Ilhan Omar, who is black and a refugee from Somalia. Trump acted surprised and claimed they didn’t get the slogan from him. He has issued similar denials about white supremacists who echo his words before their mass shootings.

The Pittsburgh shooter attacked a synagogue and used Trump’s term “globalists” for Jews and referred to immigrants as “invaders” in web posts.

The mass shooter in Gilroy referenced a white supremacist manifesto and wrote online about “hordes” of mixed-race people “overcrowding” towns.

The El Paso mass shooter used the word “invasion” or “invader” seven times in his anti-immigrant manifesto. Trump has often wailed about “migrant invasions.”

The shooter in New Zealand who killed 51 people at two mosques said Trump is a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” During his campaign, Trump called for a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the country and for government surveillance of mosques.

And while it wasn’t about racism, the MAGA pipe bomber was a huge Trump fan and mailed pipe bombs to people his hero has attacked at CNN, MSNBC, and members of the Democratic Party. The guy was even tooling around in a van covered in pro-Trump propaganda emblazoned with bullseyes and conspiracy theories.

Donald Trump is a racist and he’s motivating violence from his supporters. Don’t take my word for it. Even in 2016, a Pew Research Center poll found that 54 percent believe Trump has done too little to distance himself from white nationalists groups. Other polls from 2017 through 2019 found that 54-59 percent of Americans think Trump’s decisions and behavior encourages white supremacists groups. A YouGov/HuffPost poll from last March said more Americans believe he outright supports white nationalist groups.  Trump has described himself as a nationalist.

Another disturbing factoid is that hate crimes have steadily increased since Trump started his campaign for president. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, hate crimes across the country have increased by nine percent over the last year, mostly against LGBTQ people, Jews, and people of color. A study from the University of North Texas found that “counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes.” Remember, Trump recently held a rally in El Paso to highlight the “migrant invasion.”

With hate, assaults, and murders following the white-terrorists-recruiter-in-chief around, it’s no wonder Dayton and El Paso doesn’t want him to visit their communities today. Don’t be surprised to see other communities ask the Trump campaign not to hold campaign events near them during the 2020 campaign. The man is toxic.

Donald Trump continues to claim he’s the “least racist person,” something non-racists never say. I know I’m not a racist but I would never claim I’m the “least racist person” you could ever meet. I don’t feel the need to sell how non-racist I am. But then again, I wasn’t endorsed by the official newspapers of the KKK and neo-Nazis.

Donald Trump wants us to believe he’s not a racist while at the same time, he believes his supporters are racists. They’re proving him right because it’s his supporters who are shooting up Wal-Marts and garlic festivals in their quests to kill brown people. We can say the same thing about Trump that former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said about his Trump-loving Republican opponent in 2018.

It’s not that I or liberals believe Trump is a racist. It’s that the racists believe he’s a racist. I’m not buying his denouncement of racism. I bet the racists aren’t buying it either.

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Leaving The Hurd


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The Republican Party has been exercising racism for decades, but until now, there were always people like Will Hurd among its members, other than the black thing of course. For example, before Donald Trump came along, you could easily get a hell of a lot more than four votes from Republicans in the House of Representatives to condemn a racist comment.

The Grand Old Party has now become the party of Trump, resembling a cult more than a political party. The GOP is less a party of issues and more about the cult of a personality, a rotten, horrible, vile, stupid, racist personality. It only makes sense that the party is dead on details since they worship a man who won the presidency without any specifics to his proposals. He promised to build a wall that Mexico would pay for, without telling us how he would make Mexico pay for it. He promised to replace Obamacare with “something better.” On foreign policy, his position was that he knew more than the generals. Now, the party’s policies are Trump, Trump, and Trump. Any member who defies that will suffer the same fate as Mark Sanford.

The fear of being the next Mark Sanford, a congressman who criticized Trump and then was primaried for his crime, has cost the Republican Party the House of Representatives. Now, they have to explain Trumpism. Ask a Republican how tariffs are not taxes. Ask a Republican how Canadian cheese is a national security threat. Ask a Republican about why increasing the national debt is now a good thing. Ask a Republican how a treaty preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is bad but a treaty with North Korea that doesn’t say anything is good. Ask a Republican why we shouldn’t be concerned about Kim Jong Un testing ballistic missiles. Now, ask a Republican how racist comments are not racist comments.

Except for Will Hurd. Hurd will tell you a racist comment is a racist comment. He was one of only four representatives in the House that recognized Trump’s “Go back to where you came from” tweet was racist. Now, Hurd, who is the only Republican representing a district on the border with Mexico, will not run for re-election next year. Hurd is the only African-American member of the House. Unless another black Republican is elected in 2018, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina will be the only one left in Congress.

Hurd was considered the future of the party, which has been a lie all along. He was the Republicans’ pipe dream of their future. The future of their party is not diverse when your leader attacks four female members of Congress for being minorities, talks about brown people from “shithole countries,” calls inner cities “rat-infested,” and attacks black representatives and civil rights leaders. The future of your party is not diverse when hate crimes increase upon the election of your racist leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader was endorsed by the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and by the founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. The future of your party is not diverse when the KKK holds parades in honor of your party’s leader. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader retweets neo-Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when your leader defends Nazis. The future of your party is not diverse when you refuse to confront your leader on any of this.

Five other Republicans have announced they will not seek re-election to the House. Currently, there are only 13 female Republicans in the House and two of them are also retiring. The GOP hopes to retake the House in 2020, but it’s an effort made even more difficult by incumbent retirements, especially from districts like Hurd’s, which went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Hurd won re-election in 2018 by a little over 1,100 votes.

In a speech last June, Hurd said, “The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of the country. Why is that? I’ll tell you.” Then he told us.

“Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist. Don’t be a homophobe. These are basic things that we should all learn in kindergarten.”

The kindergarten president, who is now well into his 70s, still has not learned it. The Republican Party probably learned it, but they’ve chosen to abandon it. Now, when you talk to Republicans, they don’t see how telling brown people to “go back to where you came from” is racist. Their future isn’t Will Hurd. It’s defending the use of the N-word.

That’s why the future of their party does not look like Will Hurd. It looks like Donald Trump. It looks like a a bunch of white guys wearing sheets carrying tiki torches.

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Appeal Of Gerrymandering


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The majority of Americans do not vote Republican anymore. The Republican party is outdated, racist, for the rich and corporations, and stuck in the past. Most Americans have moved forward. As evidenced by the 2016 presidential election, they can’t win the presidency by getting the majority of votes.

The GOP knows this which is why they cling to power through voter suppression, dirty tricks, fear, disinformation, and help from Russian troll farms. But, one of their greatest tools in winning and retaining congressional and legislative seats is gerrymandering. The gerrymandering isn’t coordinated to shift voters politically, but racially, which is illegal.

Even in states that do vote majority Republicans, the Republicans cheat with racial gerrymandering. North Carolina is currently being sued for racial gerrymandering.

In Virginia, my home state, Republicans in the House of Delegates redrew 11 districts, each having at least 55 percent black residents of voting age. The Democrats sued and won. It was appealed to the Supreme Court where the lower court’s ruling was upheld.

Basically, Democrats argued that these eleven districts were unlawful because they featured too many black voters, diminishing their power across the state and in other districts. That’s a trick Republicans have been using for decades. They group as many black voters into a district as possible, give themselves a medal for allowing black voters to elect one of their own while diluting their vote across the rest of the state, thus creating more conservative and white representation. It’s a shell game.

It’s the job of the state Attorney General to fight for Virginia in court. Currently, Virginia’s AG is Mark Herring, a Democrat. He did his job in fighting for the gerrymandered districts but he refused to appeal. Then, Republicans took over and spent millions of taxpayer dollars taking it to the highest court in the land…where they lost.

The majority opinion was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and she was joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayer. What was surprising is that they were joined by conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Trump appointee and owner of Merrick Garland’s seat, Neil Gorsuch. But, don’t feel jubilant that these two justices voted for what was right racially. They voted on procedure.

They ruled that the House of Delegates did not have the legal authority to appeal the case and that the only one who did was the state Attorney General.

Ginsburg wrote for the majority, “The House, we hold, lacks authority to displace Virginia’s Attorney General as representative of the state. We further hold that the House, as a single chamber of a bicameral legislature, has no standing to appeal the invalidation of the redistricting plan separately from the state of which it is a part.” That’s what we call an RGB mic drop. Basically, they were speaking for their party, not the state. They didn’t even include the Senate side of the General Assembly.

Virginia AG Mark Herring said, “It is unfortunate that the House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts.” Basically, Virginia Republicans used millions of taxpayer dollars to fight for racism.

Last year, there was a huge turnout of Democratic voters, not just nationwide, but also in Virginia. The GOP holds the state House by only one vote, and that’s because they won a coin toss. Seriously. Now, there’s another statewide election this year and the new racially neutral districts will stand. When the deck is even, Republicans lose.

Democrats are in a strong position to win more seats. If they can continue the enthusiasm and momentum from 2018, election day will be huge for them. What they have going against them is it’s an off-year election and that entire blackface thing with the governor and the rape charges against the Lieutenant Governor.

Republicans didn’t have the right to appeal this case. And, much like Donald Trump, they don’t have much appeal to the majority of Virginia’s voters…even when they’re not wearing their hoods.

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