According to a disgusting new bombshell report from CREW (citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington), a “nonprofit and nonpartisan U.S. government ethics and accountability watchdog organization,” the racism within the Trump administration doesn’t stop with the president, as Mike Pence and several other Trump GOP cronies have been busted in some seriously racist affairs.
CREW reports that Trump’s vice president was among a handful of Trump cabinet members who have attended events hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) throughout Trump’s reign of terror in the White House.
Included in the Trump administration officials to attend these events are: Vice President Mike Pence, then-Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
What’s the big issue here, you may be asking?
Take a look at what CREW has to say about ALEC:
ALEC brings together politicians and corporations to write model legislation and is a notorious vehicle for business interests to covertly (and not so covertly) push their policy agenda. ALEC has become a vehicle for special interests to leverage corporate dollars to shape bills across state legislatures and Congress, often without significant public input or scrutiny. ALEC has also proposed and pushed many sweeping policies that are widely recognized as being racially discriminatory, including the Florida Stand Your Ground law that came under scrutiny after George Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin, mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug-related crimes, and Arizona’s draconian 2010 anti-immigration law. ALEC’s policies have been so disproportionally harmful to Black and brown Americans that the Center for Constitutional Rights accused ALEC of furthering white supremacy.
ALEC’s recent priorities have included advocating for criminal fines for oil and gas pipeline protestors, the Trump administration’s tax cut, environmental protection rollbacks and reopening businesses across the country during the pandemic and against further coronavirus relief funding for states. As President Trump has left many positions vacant throughout the federal government, and his Cabinet has been roiled with unprecedented turnover, we have to wonder: Has ALEC stepped in to fill the void?
If this isn’t the perfect example of the systemic racism that’s been allowed to run rampant in this country, with a serious boost from the Trump administration over the last three and a half years… Then I don’t know what is.
You can read the full report from CREW here.
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