Mark Meadows’ Black Friend

    One of the low points of Michael Cohen’s open testimony to the House was when Mark Meadows trotted out Black Republican Lynn Patton as proof that Trump could not be racist because a lack woman would not work for a racist. Patton stood mute. Rep. Rashida Tlaib was outspoken about calling Meadow’s use of a black woman as a prop was a racist act. The WaPo notes that because Meadow’s went into his wounded white boy “How dare you call me a racist” act, people of color on the committee had to placate his feelings.

    here’s what happened:

    1. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), head of the Freedom Caucus and a close ally of the president, brought in Lynne Patton to stand up behind him awkwardly for a few moments, thereby attesting by virtue of her presence that Trump cannot possibly be a racist. Because look, here’s a black person who worked for Trump at his company and was given a high position in the administration.
    2. Multiple Democratic representatives made critical comments about Meadows bringing Patton to the hearing, noting that you can have a black friend or a black employee and still be a racist. That this needs to be said in 2019 is rather remarkable, but in any case, it culminated with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who called out Meadows this way: "The fact that someone would use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee is alone racist in itself."
    3. Meadows then interrupted to ask that Tlaib’s words be “taken down,” a procedure by which a member can be rebuked for a personal insult to another member. “If anyone knows my record as it relates — it should be you, Mr. Chairman,” he said with rising emotion, referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is black.
    4. Tlaib reiterated that as her words had made clear, she was referring not to the contents of Meadows’s heart but to his decision to parade Patton in front of the committee. That’s the most appropriate and persuasive way to deal with something like this, by putting the focus on what he did, not who he is. “I am not calling the gentleman, Mr. Meadows, a racist for doing so,” she said. “I’m saying that in itself it is a racist act.”
    5. With Meadows getting visibly angry and beginning to shout, Cummings asked Tlaib to repeat for a second time that she was not calling Meadows a racist. “You were not intending to call Mr. Meadows a racist, is that right?” he said. She responded, “No, Mr. Chairman, I did not call Mr. Meadows a racist.”
    6. Meadows was not placated. “There’s nothing more personal to me than my relationship — my nieces and nephews are people of color,” he said, his face reddening and his voice rising. “Not many people know that. You know that, Mr. Chairman. And to indicate that I asked someone who is a personal friend of the Trump family, who has worked for him, who knows this particular individual, that she’s coming in to be a prop? It’s racist to suggest that I asked her to come in here for that reason!” He went on: “Mr. Chairman, you and I have a personal relationship that’s not based on color.”
    7. Cummings then felt it necessary to offer his personal testimony attesting to his friendship with Meadows, acknowledge and validate his anger (“I could see and feel your pain”), and give Tlaib the opportunity to repeat for a third time that she had not called Meadows a racist.

    Just to be clear, there’s no doubt that Patton was at that hearing to be a prop, no less than the giant poster with a picture of Cohen and the words “Liar liar pants on fire” that Republicans on the committee displayed at one point (yes, that actually happened). Patton wasn’t testifying; she was there to be photographed, her blackness a supposed rebuke to the idea that Trump is a racist.

    Here is what Tlaib said

    He blew up only when Ms. Tlaib said his use of Ms. Patton was a racist act: “Just because a person has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist,” she said, referring to Mr. Trump. “And it is insensitive, and some would even say the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself, ” Ms. Tlaib concluded, meaning Mr. Meadows. 

    That’s when Mr. Meadows lost it, insisting that Ms. Tlaib’s comments about him be stricken from the record and whipping out the “some of my best friends are black” defense.


    Here is Mark Meadows in full Birther mode in 2012 vowing to send Obama back to Kenya. This is the man who had to be placated.

    Lynne Patton appeared on FoxNews to defend Trump and rejecting the idea that she is a prop.


    Patton is Trump’s black friend.








    Juan Williams got a bit too uppity for FoxNews’ Gregg Gutfield and Jesse Waters when he suggested the two were in the tank for Trump.

    I’m moving home to western North Carolina in a couple of weeks and when I get there my top priority is going to be making sure this is the last term for racist and non-NC native @RepMarkMeadows

    — Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) March 1, 2019

    Offended Mark Meadows Reminds Colleagues He Never Once Complained About Capitol’s Integrated Drinking Fountains

    — The Onion (@TheOnion) February 28, 2019

    In some fun news, a tweet of mine calling Mark Meadows a racist made USA Today.

    — Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) March 1, 2019

    I'm proudly running against Mark Meadows in #NC11

    — Steve Woodsmall (@SteveWoodsmall) February 28, 2019

    1. Mark Meadows owes Barack Obama an apology.
    2. He should unequivocally condemn his past statements.
    3. If you wonder how Trump got elected, watch this video.
    The ignorance and racism contained in the question, the audience laughter and the candidates’ response is horrifying.

    — Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 28, 2019

    I wrote about Mark Meadows’ hissy fit during yesterday’s Cohen hearing, and the excitement of watching Rashida Tlaib, a woman of color, defend the idea that racist acts are more important than accusations of racism. h/t @nytopinion

    — Kashana (@kashanacauley) February 28, 2019

    Although I was a kid, I also remember Sen. Howard Baker-a Republican who asked pointed, appropriate questions, & didn't let anyone get away with any crap. Once upon a time, the Republican Party was a political organization, not a repository for racists, con artists and traitors.

    — veronicalpw (@veronique_1106) February 27, 2019

    On behalf of native North Carolinians, our deepest apologies ... Meadows was not Tar Heel born or raised.

    — Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) February 27, 2019

    Lynne Patton’s willingness to side with the racists reminds me of a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. We all know that Malcolm X once labeled King an Uncle Tom.

    LOMAX: Reverend Martin Luther King teaches a doctrine of nonviolence. What is your attitude toward this philosophy?

    MALCOLM X: The white man supports Reverend Martin Luther King, subsidizes Reverend Martin Luther King, so that Reverend Martin Luther King can continue to teach the Negroes to be defenseless–that’s what you mean by nonviolent–be defenseless in the face of one of the most cruel beasts that has ever taken people into captivity–that’s this American white man, and they have proved it throughout the country by the police dogs and the police clubs. A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing. Just as Uncle Tom, back during slavery used to keep the Negroes from resisting the bloodhound or resisting the Ku Klux Klan by teaching them to love their enemies or pray for those who use them despitefully, today Martin Luther King is just a twentieth-century or modern Uncle Tom or religious Uncle Tom, who is doing the same thing today to keep Negroes defenseless in the face of attack that Uncle Tom did on the plantation to keep those Negroes defenseless in the face of the attack of the Klan in that day.

    Now the goal of Dr. Martin Luther King is to give Negroes a chance to sit in a segregated restaurant beside the same white man who has brutalized them for four hundred years. The goal of Martin Luther King is to get the Negroes to forgive the people the people who have brutalized them for four hundred years, by lulling them to sleep and making them forget what those whites have done to them, but the masses of black people today don’t go for what Martin Luther King is putting down.

    We forget what Martin said about Uncle Toms.

    From a sermon  “The American Dream” delivered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 4, 1965.

    Now there’s another thing that we must never forget. If we are going to make the American dream a reality, (Yes) we are challenged to work in an action program to get rid of the last vestiges of segregation and discrimination. This problem isn’t going to solve itself, however much [word inaudible] people tell us this. However much the Uncle Toms and Nervous Nellies in the Negro communities tell us this, this problem isn’t just going to work itself out. (No, sir) History is the long story of the fact (Yes) that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges without strong resistance, and they seldom do it voluntarily. And so if the American dream is to be a reality, we must work to make it a reality and realize the urgency of the moment. And we must say now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to get rid of segregation and discrimination. Now is the time to make Georgia a better state. Now is the time to make the United States a better nation. (Yes) We must live with that, and we must believe that.

    I think King would have criticized Lynne Patton.


    Martin and Malcolm we’re coming closer to eac other as time went on. Martin was becoming more militant and Malcolm was becoming more moderate

    In one interview, Malcolm X dismissed King as “a 20th-century or modern Uncle Tom.”

    King ignored the criticism. “We still advocate non-violence, passive resistance, and are still determined to use the weapon of love,” he had said earlier during a March 22, 1956, news conference in Montgomery. “We are still insisting emphatically that violence is self-defeating, that he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.”

    Although the two men held what appeared to be diametrically opposing views on the struggle for equal rights, scholars say by the end of their lives their ideologies were evolving. King was becoming more militant in his views of economic justice for black people and more vocal in his criticism of the Vietnam War. Malcolm X, who had broken with the Nation of Islam, had dramatically changed his views on race during his 1964 pilgrimage to Mecca.


    and maybe MLK would be happy to know that by 2019, a black woman could be in the position of being able to proudly hang with and support right wingers and a nutty president, another black woman could make money writing a book turning on the same, a dense right wing black man with a kooky white right-wing activist wife could sit at the Supreme Court table, another black woman and a black man could be a warmongering Secretary of State under a Republican ....

    Maybe maybe maybe,

    maybe if he lived forever he would see that things had changed from 1965 and would have different, new opinions about things that were no longer just race-based opinions. Maybe he didn't intend 1965 statements to be a bible that had to be followed and decoded for eternity. Maybe he would be able to see that now that a person of color had served as president ,and more people of color running for president, and in the current situation there were things like a conservative anti-abortionist black neurosurgeon doing a career switch running for president and ending up serving as HUD Secretary, all kinds of people of color in elected office, time to pivot from talking all the time about people being judged for the color of their skin. Maybe he would realize that there will always be some racists and tribalists among any population and in a democracy some would be elected along with non-racists and they would be part of society just like people of color. Maybe he would move on to judging more about political opinions.

    I just really don't think the 1965 bible tells us what his political opinions in this day and age would be. I do strongly suspect he would not be into dissing blacks for making a choice to be a conservative Republican, but I am not sure. That's because I did take him at his word that it was real important that black people were assimilated and integrated into society and not forever having to be on one tribal team with one unified and certified litmus-tested political opinion. And that those of color who deviated from majority political opinions would not be treated as traitors to tribe but instead debated for their opinions.

    Interesting. In your world, King would have no problem with black people who sided with a racist president?Do you really think that King would be rebuking Reverend Barber? Conservatives have actually argued that King would be on their side. Even the Pentagon said King would support their actions

    Every year, right around the time between Martin Luther King Day and the beginning of Black History Month, the effort to distort Dr. King's life and legacy seems to intensify. Some years, we see conservatives preposterously assertthat if Dr. King were alive today, he would join today's neo-confederate Republican Party. Other years, it is deception via omission—we see replays of Dr. King's 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, but do not see any of his speeches about war and poverty..

    A Denver newspaper wanted us to celebrate King while its editorial page opposed the ability of workers to unionize. King was assassinated fighting unions.

    The attempt to change King’s message is common. The idea tat he would celebrate a black woman being used as a prop is laughable. The person closest to him, his wife Coretta, was carrying his banner when she opposed the appointment of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to the federal bench.


    King would not be supporting Patton’s use as a prop. 


    Edit to add:

    The only concrete evidence we have on King is what he said when he was alive. We judge the founding fathers as slave owners. The King we know from the historical record would not have supported Patton.

    Here is how her resume reads via Wikipedia 

    An Eric Trump Foundation staff biography of Patton states that she was involved in casting the 2012 and 2014 seasons of The Celebrity Apprentice.[9][15]

    Patton was one of 16 unpaid directors at the Eric Trump Foundation, though her position did not appear in the Foundation's 2014 tax filings.[16] Her HUD financial disclosures stated that she had been a vice president and a board member at the Eric Trump Foundation from January 2009 to January 2017, and she speaks of being with the Trump family since 2009.[17][18][19]

    In May 2016, during Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, Patton narrated a YouTube video called "The Trump Family I Know – A Black Female Trump Executive Speaks Out," in which she defended Trump against accusations that he was racist.[2] She spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention; the official convention program listed her position as "Vice President of The Eric Trump Foundation and Senior Assistant to Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump, Jr."[20] In her convention speech, she acknowledged historical racism, but said that Donald Trump knows that black lives, LGBTQ lives, veterans' lives, and police lives matter.[21] Later in the campaign, Patton joined other campaign spokeswomen on the Trump-Pence Women's Empowerment Tour.[22]

    She is a director of National Diversity Coalition for Trump

    Patton was a diversion. The issue is the clear racism of Donald J Trump


    It’s hard to say what’s a bigger taboo in American politics: being a racist, or calling someone one.

    Sure, the Republican Party will occasionally try to distance itself from one of its more egregiously hateful members, like Representative Steve King of Iowa, who lost committee assignments after seeming to defend white nationalism. But mostly, right-wing politicians and their media allies pretend, to the point of farce, that the primary racial injustice in America involves white people unfairly accused of racism. This makes talking openly about the evident racism of our president harder than it should be.

    Racist jokes were common in the Trump Organization hierarchy according to a former Trump construction executive. This was in the 1980s.

    “Everybody joked and, I’m gonna be honest about it, people laughed,” she said. “This was 1981, 82, 83 and that’s almost 40 years ago. And people sort of laughed.”

    “And by the way they weren’t as mean-intended back then,” Res added. “It was more less kinda like racism was like accepted. It wasn’t like ‘oh I hate black people,’ it’s just this is the way people are and this is the way we talk.”


    Yes! Yes! Yes! Thanks for writing about this!

    Thanks Danny. Hope that you are doing well and surviving in Virginia. Those of us outside VA are hearing about the First Lady, cotton, and black children. I don’t know if you feel that things have improved. 

    Now we have a delegate in Maryland who refuses to step down.

    1619-2019. There is still a lot of work to do.

    The deceptive thing was that the first lady gave cotton only to some black children - she gave it to every child afaik. Sure, when I was a kid we were handed raw cotton to get an idea what the cotton gin saved and why the manpower intensive cotton industry expanded, leading to the expansion of slavery.

    I'm also used to kids touring concentration camps and gas chambers to understand atrocities of the past.

    Would it be better if the First Lady ignored Virginia's slave past and the history it's still dealing with? What do you expect should be done instead?

    [She could of course tell the black kids, "see those white kids over there? They owe you." That would be socially helpful.

    Yep cotton is the only way to discuss slavery after your husband just had a blackface scandal. 

    I know she should call you and clear every shit she takes for potential faux pas.

    Nice attempt at diversion from her dropping feces on the healing process. Hopefully, November will be a referendum on Trump, not Northam.

    You don't want a healing process - you want an eternal embitterment process. Who you gonna judge tomorrow? Who'll let you down tomorrow?

    The reason the story is out there is because she screwed up. I am making comments on a blog. I don’t live in Virginia. I have no impact on the First Lady of Virginia. The parents of the students involved voiced their displeasure. Those words may have impact.

    Personally, I think that it is selfish for Northam to stay in office. He bungled his response. Republicans will Hae a field day. Fair fax got a pass because Northam remained in office. The Black Caucus wasn’t going to go after Fairfax if Northam stayed. Fairfax is going to be reviewed by Republicans in the legislature. Northam stayed.Fairfax stayed. Black women’s complaints were pushed aside by the Democrats who did the political thing instead of the moral thing. If Northam/Fairfax are the issue in November, Republicans will control the Virginia legislature.

    I am Afrocentric. Northam should be gone. Who are the two guys in the photo and what impact are they having on minorities today? Northam stands mute. I am Afrocentric. Fairfax should have been investigated by the Democrats. If the stories of the two black women are credible, Fairfax should be impeached. Black women should be respected. This is a core principle of Afrocentrism. If Fairfax was accused by two white women, he should be investigated. The basis of the original concept of identity politics is intersectionality. Women should not be abused by men.

    Northam was told not to come to Virginia Union University by the student leadership. I don’t attend Virginia Union. I don’t think that I know anyone at Virginia Union. You can rant at me for voicing an opinion, but it is Virginians expressing their feelings about the Governor and First Lady forcing the issue.


    Personally, I think that it is selfish for Northam to stay in office

    You say your litmus tests are about getting the GOP out of power and keeping the GOP out of power, but you leave out all about # 3 and # 4 in line for the governorship. Simply as a matter of fact and reasoning, it's not at all clear to me why you think that having a Republican governor who won the tied race for a legislative seat by having his name drawn from a bowl, would help Dems win the legislature in Nov. Seems quite a zany way of winning over the populace.

    The  problem with #3 and #4, as explained by Philip Bump of WaPo, Feb. 6

    [....] Attention then turned to the person who’s third in line in the chain of succession to the governor’s job, state Attorney General Mark Herring, D.

    Guess what.

    On Wednesday morning, rumors started to swirl after Herring held a closed-door meeting with members of the legislative black caucus. In short order, he released a statement: During a college party in 1980, he and some friends dressed as popular rappers, including having “put on wigs and brown makeup.”

    This is different from Northam’s yearbook photo, certainly – but almost identical to what Northam admitted during a bizarre news conference over the weekend. In 1984, he said, he attended a dance contest in San Antonio in which he dressed as Michael Jackson, coloring his face with shoe polish.

    With Herring facing new scrutiny, even close observers of Virginia politics were suddenly at a loss: If Northam, Fairfax and Herring are out of the picture, who’s next?

    Happily, the state’s constitution is clear on this. Fourth-in-line to the governorship is the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, R. Note that R! Should the three Democrats step aside, Virginia would suddenly have a Republican governor.

    But only because of a coin toss.

    You may remember that the 2017 state elections in Virginia were the front edge of the blue wave that eventually washed over the House of Representatives. Democrats overperformed in the state, taking even seats that were considered to be fairly safe for Republicans. At the end of the night on Election Day, it wasn’t clear which party would control the chamber.

    Ultimately, it came down to one seat, Virginia’s 94th District, where Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from a recount with a one-vote margin over the incumbent Del. David Yancey, R. It was so close that state Republicans at one point congratulated Simonds on her victory.

    But it didn’t last. A panel of judges determined that a vote which had been discarded should be given to Yancey, resulting in a tie. How to resolve the tie? By drawing names from a ceramic bowl. Both names were placed in the bowl, Yancey’s was picked, and Republicans retained control of the chamber.

    And Cox got to be speaker.

    And now Cox is fourth in line to the governorship [....]

    It just looks to me that if you are a Virginian and you are what rmrd labels as "Afrocentric" and being "Afrocentric" is your priority, a priority over supporting the Dem Party, then the Dem party of Virginia is not for you. If you support the Dem Party of VA as a priority, then you might support Northam staying, like polls showed most Virginian Afro-Americans did. If you want to be an Afrocentric first, then you are not allout for the Dem party of VA.

    I just can't understand any scenario where the governor being a Republican for the next four years, one who got 50% of the vote of his district, would help Dems win the legislature. Neither do I see it helping if a governor is someone who is being investigated and then impeached would help. By what logic will it help Virginia Dems if these 3 Dems all leave?

    Edit to add: Keep in mind that polling shows most Virginian Afro-Americans apparently are not "Afrocentric" enough for you. In a way, they don't pass your litmus test, either; they're like too amorally practical or something?

    P.S. To be clear: I'm not trying to criticize about anything but political logic here. I'm saying: it would make sense if you want candidates to be that pure, that it's not about winning, it's about being morally correct according to your standards. That you'd rather be with a morally correct minority party than a more inclusive and flexible majority party. That would be an opinion that made sense.

    You phrase it as forming a purity party. We start with blackface and then get cotton handed to children by the First Lady. An accused sexual harasser remains as second in command.

    Republicans have been silent on Mark Meadows 

    In Maryland, a Democratic state delegate said that a majority black county was a nigger area. She was censured, bu refused to resign. If Republicans and Democrats stay in office after the crazy, how soon before we find no difference in tolerating the Steve Kings on our side? There are concerns about Israel becoming an apartheid state. Would it e purity part politics to condemn anti-Semitism? There is no current push by Democrats to remove Fairfax, That is a direct result of Northam remaining in office. That is tribalism, not simply tribal. Anyone in our group is better than the other guys. Drip....drip...drip. It cannot end well. The fact that only 36% are concerned about Fairfax is disturbing.





    I said Northam remains in office. He has been weakened. We will see if Democrats win the legislature in November. If Republicans win Northam is of no value. Your little review left that out. Black women and women in general may not come out because Fairfax remains.

    Mid-February poll puts Northam at 39% approve 44% disapprove 

    48% Northam should remain in office. 42% Northam should resign

    For Trump in Virginia 

    36% approve.  59% disapprove 

    Hopefully, the First Lady of Virginia doesn’t have access to more cotton.

    Edit to add:

    Fairfax at 36% approve, 36% disapprove, and 28% no opinion in mid-February

    Parton quote from the article: God forbid a black Republican is in the room based upon her own merit and can think for herself. But it’s a scarlet letter I wear with pride.

    Sucks for the Afro-centric crew that the more equality there is, the less the tribal ties bind, eh? Equality also means free to not be a forever victim, go for the reality show or go for the GOP if you see potential there. Realizing that not everyone can be a rapper, a basketball star or a racial activist.

    I honestly don't know what MLK would think. The only thing I am sure of is that he wouldn't be saying the same things he said and doing the things he did in 1965. Because he was wise already then.

    There are few if any human saints, rmrd. Can't run a democracy hoping for saints.

    Just noticed this. Trump is a racist. It is doubtful that Martin Luther King Jr. would applaud a black toady who supported Trump. He would be repulsed by Diamond & Silk. Criticizing Black Republicans who support Trump is a rational thing to do. Glad to see that you view Kanye’s profanity laced rant at the White House as black freedom. 


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