Not surprisingly white supremacy has won this evening as Cindy Hyde-Smith was declared the winner of the Mississippi senate runoff. As of now the results are saying Cindy has won with 56.1% of the votes and Mike Espy has received a total of 43.8% of the votes.
In this unreleased (til now) longer version of Cindy Hyde-Smith’s “public hanging” vid, a supporter yells “Then do it!” after she says, “If there was a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” This clip, obtained & sent to @JxnFreePress by @bayoubrief, adds new context. #MSSen pic.twitter.com/RYaahR34mC
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) November 26, 2018
Video provided by Twitter User Ashton Pittman
Even after publicly saying, “If there was a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” in a video during her campaign run Cindy Hyde-Smith still managed to secure more than enough votes to retain her seat. Recently it was also revealed Hyde-Smith attended a segregated academy in the 70’s where she was a cheerleader.
I guess she still isn’t too much far off from what she used to do. She’s using her platform to cheer on white supremacy and gain their support.
Not to mention that just recently Hate Signs and Nooses were found on the Mississippi State Capitol the day before the runoff election took place.
Before I hear anyone say “more black people needed to get out and vote for Espy”, there are more white people in numbers who will show up and show out to retain whatever power they can when it comes to voting. Even if that power is immoral and keeps everyone from progressing forward with new ideas for improvement.
Let’s not also forget in a last ditch effort to rally up the white supremacists in the state, The Head Cheeto in Charge paid a visit in Mississippi and fired up the Republican base to get them amped up. In a clip he said, “How does he fit in with Mississippi? How does he even fit In?”
The closing weeks of Mississippi's runoff Senate race have focused on controversial comments by Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, showing her joking about a public hanging and voter suppression, @edokeefe reports; the polls close at 8 p.m. ET https://t.co/8E22iVwaQ0 pic.twitter.com/ODO19OHe57
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 28, 2018
While this is not the result we were hoping for, I am proud of the historic campaign we ran and grateful for the support we received across Mississippi.
— Mike Espy (@espyforsenate) November 28, 2018
It has been reported that Mike Espy has conceded from the race and wished Hyde-Smith prayers as she heads off to Washington D.C. to join up with the Senate. Mike Espy also tweeted some tweets that will help to keep hope alive for potential elections to come in the state of Mississippi.
Former 2nd District Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy concedes the race for U.S. Senate. He called Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and offered her prayers as she heads back to Washington, D.C. to represent Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/H4cF06cMYP
— Erin Pickens (@erinpickensWAPT) November 28, 2018
Tweet provided by user Erin Pickens for WAPT
Although the Democrats have lost another senate seat in congress we still were able to overturn the house and bring in a lot of new people in congress who will hopefully represent what we want to see change in America going forward.
As for the rest of the country a change is coming as more and more people are becoming politically aware and knowledgable of people’s policies and the outcome if they vote a certain way. Now we just have to wait and see what our next hurdle will be.
The Best Tributes You Didn’t See On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021
Every year as the United States celebrates the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his lasting legacy, we see social media platforms littered with various MLK quotations, “love one another” captions, you know – the general bulls**t we all wish we didn’t have to see on an annual basis.
What we don’t see enough are actual dialogues about who MLK was and the type of radical he actually was. He was not a martyr – he died as the State turned a blind eye to the obvious plots against his life. He was not a capitalist – he died firmly abhorring capitalism. Toward the end of his life, he even grew increasingly concerned with Israel and its treatment of Palestinians.
MLK’s memory and legacy have been sanitized to make white Americans feel less guilty about their treatment of Black Americans and their complicity in white supremacy and its many atrocities. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King stated in no uncertain terms “that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice…”
Every third Monday in January those white folks more committed to order than to justice put themselves on full display. They proudly wave their “I’m not racist!” flag in Black folks’ faces, as if we give a damn about their shallow tweet that quotes a radical they know nothing about or their vapid, over-filtered selfie on Instagram captioned by a “deep, thoughtful” Martin Luther King, Jr. quotation.
Instead of carrying on about the commercialism of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s take a look at a few of the best non-performative tributes the internet provided this year.
Mob of Trump Supporters Storm U.S. Capitol, Sending Congress Into Lockdown
On Wednesday afternoon an angry mob of Trump supporters, white supremacists, and what this website is calling “terrorists” stormed the United States Capitol as members of Congress were in session.
Earlier in the day, President Trump spoke to a crowd of several thousand at an event in Washington, D.C. called the “Save America March.” Of course, as you know, since he lost the November election to Joe Biden, he has vigorously promoted various unfounded conspiracy theories that the election was rigged and somehow stolen from him. Without a single shred of evidence to back up his claim, he rambled on in front of his supporters for over an hour, charging that he lost due to widespread voter fraud. At one point, he told the crowd:
“Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy… I think right here we’re going to walk down to the Capitol and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and our congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
Shortly after the event concluded, videos flooded the internet of the mob not only attacking police, but also walking past multiple police barricades – sometimes at the invitation of police. They eventually scaled walls, smashed windows, and broke down doors as they raided the Capitol Complex. Meanwhile, Congress recessed and went into an immediate lockdown, interrupting their largely procedural vote to certify the electoral results of the 2020 presidential election.
Many Twitter users were quick to point out the glaring disparity in law enforcement’s treatment of these terrorists with their treatment of Black Lives Matter protesters last summer. As you’ll recall, Trump ordered police use tear gas and rubber bullets when clearing a crowd outside the White House all for a photo op with a Bible.
Throughout the afternoon, many around the world watched as the Capitol grounds became unrecognizable in a sea of Trump flags and other white supremacist colors. For over 4 hours, the terrorists were allowed to roam freely throughout government halls. Many proudly posed for pictures inside congressional offices, on the floors of Congress, and throughout the halls. In one video, a police officer inside a building gave a thumbs up as he posed for a selfie with a terrorist. The scenes that came out of this insurrection were jarring for many.
For over two hours following the terrorists’ rushing of the Capitol, President Trump was completely silent on the matter. As more time passed, it became apparent that he would not make any serious attempts to quell the violence unfolding in his own backyard. All Americans got was a now-deleted video posted to social media in which Trump told the mob, “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us… It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it – especially the other side. But you have to go home now… We love you. You’re very special.”
Of course the President of the United States calling armed insurrectionists “very special” lit people up. Today’s events were the last straw for many; even with only two weeks left in office, he still managed to make more enemies than he already had.
By the time police finally decided to respond, the mayor had already put a 6pm curfew in place. Despite multiple law enforcement agencies clearing the Capitol and blocking the area around it, terrorists still hung around the complex well into the evening. It wasn’t until 8pm – over 8 hours after the siege began – that Congress was able to return to counting the electoral votes (they didn’t finish the count until nearly 4am).
When all was said and done, law enforcement made 52 arrests, safely detonated at least 2 pipe bombs found at the RNC and DNC headquarters, arrested a suspect connected to a vehicle found with firearms, ammunition, and explosives, and confirmed 4 terrorists died.
Photo Credit: Julio Cortez/AP
Steve Bannon Arrested on Border Wall Fundraising Scheme
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former political adviser, and three other leaders of the“We Build the Wall” online fundraising campaign have been indicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges by federal prosecutors.
Federal agents and officials from the United States Postal Inspection arrested Bannon while he was on a boat located off the eastern coast of Connecticut.
Bannon is expected to make his initial court appearance in New York later today, according to the US attorney’s office. Bannon’s attorney, Bill Burck, declined to comment on the matter.
Audrey Strauss, acting Manhattan U.S attorney, issued the following statement:
“As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.”
According to the charges, Kolfage—one of the crowdfunding organizers, spent more than $350,000 of the donations on personal expenses. These expenses include a luxury SUV, a golf cart, cosmetic surgery, home renovations, jewelry, personal tax payments, and credit card debt.
The four individuals being charged—Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea—are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, CNN reports.