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SENATOR McCONNELL TAKING NEW SENATOR McCONNELL TAKING NEW HEAT TODAY AND MAKING HEAT TODAY AND MAKING CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS ABOUT RACE AND BRINGING OBAMA INTO IT RACE AND BRINGING OBAMA INTO IT

HE WAS RESPONDING TO AN NBC NEW HE WAS RESPONDING TO AN NBC NEW REPORTS THAT NOTES HIS GREAT, REPORTS THAT NOTES HIS GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER’S SLAVES, HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER’S SLAVES, HIS STANCE ON PREPARATIONS STANCE ON PREPARATIONS HERE SENIOR McCONNELL BRINGING HERE SENIOR McCONNELL BRINGING OBAMA INTO IT OBAMA INTO IT >> I FIND MYSELF ONCE AGAIN IN >> I FIND MYSELF ONCE AGAIN IN THE SAME POSITION AS PRESIDENT THE SAME POSITION AS PRESIDENT OBAMA

OBAMA WE BOTH OPPOSE REPARATIONS AND WE BOTH OPPOSE REPARATIONS AND WE BOTH ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF WE BOTH ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF SAVE HOLDERS SAVE HOLDERS >> "THE NEW YORKER’S" JELANI >> "THE NEW YORKER’S" JELANI COBB HELPS US GET INTO THAT AND COBB HELPS US GET INTO THAT AND A LOT MORE A LOT MORE

IT IS A HISTORICAL FANTASTIC IT IS A HISTORICAL FANTASTIC THAT BARACK OBAMA’S ANCESTORS IF THAT BARACK OBAMA’S ANCESTORS IF YOU GO BACK FAR ENOUGH INCLUDED YOU GO BACK FAR ENOUGH INCLUDED SLAVE OWNERS ON HIS MOTHER’S SLAVE OWNERS ON HIS MOTHER’S SIDE AND HE IS A DESCENDENT OF SIDE AND HE IS A DESCENDENT OF ONE OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED ONE OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED SLAVES ON HIS MOTHER’S SIDE SLAVES ON HIS MOTHER’S SIDE McCONNELL IS CLEARLY TRYING TO McCONNELL IS CLEARLY TRYING TO TROLL OR EXCITE AND GET PEOPLE TROLL OR EXCITE AND GET PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE NEWS THAT HE FACES AWAY FROM THE NEWS THAT HE FACES A VERY KED CREDIBLE CHALLENGE A VERY KED CREDIBLE CHALLENGE FROM A RETIRED MARINE FIGHTER FROM A RETIRED MARINE FIGHTER PILOT, AMY McGRATHING PILOT, AMY McGRATHING > EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG IN > EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG IN WASHINGTON HAD TO START SOME WASHINGTON HAD TO START SOME PLACE

PLACE IT STARTED WITH THIS MAN WHO WAS IT STARTED WITH THIS MAN WHO WAS ELECTED A LIFETIME AGO ELECTED A LIFETIME AGO AND WHO HAS BIT BY BIT YEAR BY AND WHO HAS BIT BY BIT YEAR BY YEAR TURNED WASHINGTONING INTO YEAR TURNED WASHINGTONING INTO SOMETHING WE ALL DESPISE SOMETHING WE ALL DESPISE

WHERE DYSFUNCTION AND CHAOS ARE WHERE DYSFUNCTION AND CHAOS ARE POLITICAL WEAPONS, A PLACE WHERE POLITICAL WEAPONS, A PLACE WHERE IDEALS GO TO DIE IDEALS GO TO DIE >> GEL MANNY COBB IS HERE >> GEL MANNY COBB IS HERE GOOD TO SEE

GOOD TO SEE >> WHEN WE GET A STORY LIKE >> WHEN WE GET A STORY LIKE THIS, AND THIS IS A STORY I THIS, AND THIS IS A STORY I THINK YOU WOULD AGREE, I LIKE THINK YOU WOULD AGREE, I LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND HAVING YOU AROUND YOU ARE A NONPUNDIT YOU ARE A NONPUNDIT

AND SO I’M NOT GOING TO ASK YOU AND SO I’M NOT GOING TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE KENTUCKY CROSS TABS ABOUT THE KENTUCKY CROSS TABS POLL POLL I AM GOING TO ASK YOU, WHAT WE I AM GOING TO ASK YOU, WHAT WE SHOULD MAKE OF THE DEVICE THAT SHOULD MAKE OF THE DEVICE THAT MR McCONNELL IS USING AND WHAT MR McCONNELL IS USING AND WHAT IS THE SUBSTANTIVE TAKE AWAY IN IS THE SUBSTANTIVE TAKE AWAY IN YOUR VIEW

YOUR VIEW >> THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO >> THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT HERE TALK ABOUT HERE ONE IS THAT IT’S OBSCENE FOR ONE IS THAT IT’S OBSCENE FOR MITCH McCONNELL TO COMPARE MITCH McCONNELL TO COMPARE HIMSELF TO BARACK OBAMA IN THAT HIMSELF TO BARACK OBAMA IN THAT REGARD REGARD

NOW, TRUE, BARACK OBAMA’SES A NOW, TRUE, BARACK OBAMA’SES A TYPICAL IN THAT HE IS A TYPICAL IN THAT HE IS A DESCENDENT OF SHAVE LOADERS ON DESCENDENT OF SHAVE LOADERS ON HIS MOTHER’S SIDE HIS MOTHER’S SIDE DOES MITCH McCONNELL REALLY WANT DOES MITCH McCONNELL REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO TALK ABOUT IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE SINGLE LARGEST GROUPING AT THE SINGLE LARGEST GROUPING OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DESCENDANTS OF OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DESCENDANTS OF LAV HOLDERS YOU WOULD BE LOOKING LAV HOLDERS YOU WOULD BE LOOKING AT AFRICAN-AMERICANS BECAUSE OF AT AFRICAN-AMERICANS BECAUSE OF THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION YOU THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION YOU HAVE RAPE OF BLACK WOMEN DURING HAVE RAPE OF BLACK WOMEN DURING SLAVERY SLAVERY AND SO MOST OF US COULD SAY THE AND SO MOST OF US COULD SAY THE SAME THAT WE’RE DESCENDANTS OF SAME THAT WE’RE DESCENDANTS OF SLAVE HOLDERS

SLAVE HOLDERS >> YOU’RE OBSERVING A HISTORICAL >> YOU’RE OBSERVING A HISTORICAL FACT THAT IF YOU GO DOWN THIS FACT THAT IF YOU GO DOWN THIS ROAD OF ANCESTRY, BLACK ROAD OF ANCESTRY, BLACK AMERICANS AMERICANS >> THAT’S RIGHT >> THAT’S RIGHT

>> HAVE TO PUT IT IN >> HAVE TO PUT IT IN MR McCONNELL’S TERMINOLOGY THE MR McCONNELL’S TERMINOLOGY THE DESCENDENTS OF SAVE HOLDERS DESCENDENTS OF SAVE HOLDERS BECAUSE THEY WERE BECAUSE THEY WERE INSTITUTIONALLY RAPED AS A PART INSTITUTIONALLY RAPED AS A PART OF SEXUAL SLAVERY OF SEXUAL SLAVERY >> THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S RIGHT

>> THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S RIGHT SO THE WHOLE FOUNDATION OF THE SO THE WHOLE FOUNDATION OF THE QUESTION OF REPARATIONS AT LEAST QUESTION OF REPARATIONS AT LEAST AS IT PERTAINS TO SLAVERY IS TO AS IT PERTAINS TO SLAVERY IS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE THAT’S BEEN REPAIR THE DAMAGE THAT’S BEEN DONE BEGINNING THERE AND PASSING DONE BEGINNING THERE AND PASSING DOWN THROUGH SUCCESSIVE DOWN THROUGH SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS GENERATIONS AND SO NO, THAT DOESN’T GET YOU AND SO NO, THAT DOESN’T GET YOU OFF THE HOOK, MR McCONNELL

OFF THE HOOK, MR McCONNELL IT’S AN OBSCENE KIND OF IT’S AN OBSCENE KIND OF INVERSION OF A VERY TRAUMATIC INVERSION OF A VERY TRAUMATIC AND MORALLY TROUBLING ASPECT OF AND MORALLY TROUBLING ASPECT OF AMERICAN HISTORY AMERICAN HISTORY >> HE ALSO SEEMS TO BE TRYING TO >> HE ALSO SEEMS TO BE TRYING TO SAY THROUGH THIS DEVICE TO THE SAY THROUGH THIS DEVICE TO THE PUBLIC, WELL, DEBATE OVER OUR PUBLIC, WELL, DEBATE OVER OUR HISTORY WILL GET VERY HISTORY WILL GET VERY POTENTIALLY ALLEGEDLY CONFUSING POTENTIALLY ALLEGEDLY CONFUSING VERY QUICKLY

VERY QUICKLY >> UH-HUH >> UH-HUH >> BUT — >> BUT — >> NOT REALLY >> NOT REALLY

>> I THINK WHAT HE — RIGHT, YOU >> I THINK WHAT HE — RIGHT, YOU DON’T THINK SO AND YOU MAKE A DON’T THINK SO AND YOU MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT VERY GOOD POINT HE’S SORT OF TRYING TO SAY THAT HE’S SORT OF TRYING TO SAY THAT I PUT ON THE SCREEN THE NAACP I PUT ON THE SCREEN THE NAACP RATING OF HIS CIVIL RIGHTS RATING OF HIS CIVIL RIGHTS RECORD

RECORD HISTORY IS RELEVANT ALSO FOR HOW HISTORY IS RELEVANT ALSO FOR HOW WE LIVE AND WHAT WE DO WE LIVE AND WHAT WE DO HE HAS AN ABUSINESS MALRECORD ON HE HAS AN ABUSINESS MALRECORD ON CIVIL RIGHTS WHICH IS A CIVIL RIGHTS WHICH IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH THEIR POWER IN OFFICE WITH THEIR POWER IN OFFICE

>> THAT’S RIGHT >> THAT’S RIGHT IF WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT IF WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS, BARACK OBAMA HAS INHERITED THIS, BARACK OBAMA HAS INHERITED RACE AS A HEADWIND RACE AS A HEADWIND IT’S SOMETHING THAT HAD TO BE IT’S SOMETHING THAT HAD TO BE NAVIGATED IN HIS LIFE

NAVIGATED IN HIS LIFE MITCH McCONNELL RACE HAS BEEN A MITCH McCONNELL RACE HAS BEEN A TAILWIND TAILWIND AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT YOU KNOW, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT YOU KNOW, MY FRIEND ED BAPTIST IN HIS BOOK MY FRIEND ED BAPTIST IN HIS BOOK "HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD," "HALF HAS NEVER BEEN TOLD," THERE’S A BODY OF LITERATURE ON THERE’S A BODY OF LITERATURE ON THIS HISTORIANS HAVE WRITTEN IN THIS HISTORIANS HAVE WRITTEN IN THE WAYS IN WHICH THE WEALTH THE WAYS IN WHICH THE WEALTH GENERATED BY SLAVERY HAS PASSED GENERATED BY SLAVERY HAS PASSED DOWN SUCCESS ESFULLY THROUGH DOWN SUCCESS ESFULLY THROUGH NUGS INSTITUTIONS AND NUGS INSTITUTIONS AND CORPORATIONS AND SO ON CORPORATIONS AND SO ON

WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE QUESTIONS, WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE QUESTIONS, IT’S NOT KIND OF ABSTRACT THAT IT’S NOT KIND OF ABSTRACT THAT WE CAN GOING OH, LET’S MUDDY THE WE CAN GOING OH, LET’S MUDDY THE WATERS AND DON’T UNDERSTAND WATERS AND DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE THE MORAL LINES ARE VERY CLEAR THE MORAL LINES ARE VERY CLEAR MAYBE THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO MAYBE THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT FROM THE ENTRY OF MISS DISTRACT FROM THE ENTRY OF MISS McGRATH INTO THIS RACE BUS IT McGRATH INTO THIS RACE BUS IT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF ACTUALLY HAS THE POTENTIAL OF ACTUALLY GOING DOWN THE ROADS OF SOME GOING DOWN THE ROADS OF SOME VERY UGLY HISTORICAL PATHS NO VERY UGLY HISTORICAL PATHS NO MORE BENEFICIAL TO HIM I DON’T MORE BENEFICIAL TO HIM I DON’T THINK

THINK >> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE >> WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO OVERCOME TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF OVERCOME TO USE THE LANGUAGE OF THE 1960s BUT SAY GOSH, WHY ARE THE 1960s BUT SAY GOSH, WHY ARE WE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HISTORY? WE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HISTORY? >> IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE >> IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT PRESENT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT LIFT LIFT THE PRESENT IS THE PRODUCT OF THE PRESENT IS THE PRODUCT OF THE PAST THE PAST

AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM AND WE DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THAT AS IT PERTAINS TO THE WITH THAT AS IT PERTAINS TO THE THINGS WE THINK ARE VIRTUOUS THINGS WE THINK ARE VIRTUOUS ABOUT THERE COUNTRY ABOUT THERE COUNTRY IF WE TALK ABOUT THE ROOTS OF IF WE TALK ABOUT THE ROOTS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE THINGS THE CONSTITUTION AND THE THINGS THE FRAMERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FRAMERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT OR WHY THERE’S A FIRST AND OR WHY THERE’S A FIRST AND SECOND AMENDMENT SECOND AMENDMENT WHAT THE 14th AMENDMENT MEANS, WHAT THE 14th AMENDMENT MEANS, ALL THESE THINGS WE THINK ARE ALL THESE THINGS WE THINK ARE THE HALLMARKS OF AMERICAN THE HALLMARKS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY THAT CAN BE PROUDLY DEMOCRACY THAT CAN BE PROUDLY SHOWN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD

SHOWN TO THE REST OF THE WORLD IN THAT CASE, THE PAST IS IN THAT CASE, THE PAST IS PERFECT PERFECT WE CAN ALWAYS IMPORT THAT INTO WE CAN ALWAYS IMPORT THAT INTO THE PRESENT THE PRESENT

TALKING ABOUT THE UGLY LEGACY OF TALKING ABOUT THE UGLY LEGACY OF THIS COUNTRY, ITS FOUNDATIONAL THIS COUNTRY, ITS FOUNDATIONAL SIN OF EXPLOITING AFRICANS AND SIN OF EXPLOITING AFRICANS AND NEARLY EXTERMINATING THE NEARLY EXTERMINATING THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION THAT INDIGENOUS POPULATION THAT BECAME THE BASIS OF WHAT WE CALL BECAME THE BASIS OF WHAT WE CALL THE OLDEST CONSTITUTIONAL THE OLDEST CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY WHO REMIND OURSELVES DEMOCRACY IN REMIND OURSELVES DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY IS YOUNGER THAN THE THIS COUNTRY IS YOUNGER THAN THE ACTUAL CONSTITUTION ACTUAL CONSTITUTION WHETHER HE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT WHETHER HE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH AMERICAN THE WAYS IN WHICH AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WAS BIRGED BY THE DEMOCRACY WAS BIRGED BY THE STRUGGLES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM IT TO TURN BEEN EXCLUDED FROM IT TO TURN THIS INTO A FAIR ASSEMBLAGE OF THIS INTO A FAIR ASSEMBLAGE OF WHAT COULD BE CALLED A WHAT COULD BE CALLED A DEMOCRATIC NATION WHEN WE SEE DEMOCRATIC NATION WHEN WE SEE THE RELEVANCE OF HISTORY THE RELEVANCE OF HISTORY NOBODY WANTS TO GO THERE

NOBODY WANTS TO GO THERE >> I HOPE PEOPLE ARE LISTENING >> I HOPE PEOPLE ARE LISTENING CLOSELY CLOSELY YOU SAID SEVERAL IMPORTANT YOU SAID SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS THINGS

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU JUST SAID ONE OF THE THINGS YOU JUST SAID IS DEMOCRACY IS MUCH YOUNGER IS DEMOCRACY IS MUCH YOUNGER THAN THIS COUNTRY THAN THIS COUNTRY >> OH, YEAH >> OH, YEAH >> AND THE NOSTALGIA OF THE >> AND THE NOSTALGIA OF THE POLITICAL MOVEMENTS THAT ATTACH POLITICAL MOVEMENTS THAT ATTACH TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT WHICH WAS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT WHICH WAS REAGAN AND TRUMP, IMAGINES A REAGAN AND TRUMP, IMAGINES A TIME WHEN THINGS WERE MUCH TIME WHEN THINGS WERE MUCH BETTER

BETTER AND THAT HAVE OF COURSE, THEN AND THAT HAVE OF COURSE, THEN RAISES THE DIFFICULT QUESTION OF RAISES THE DIFFICULT QUESTION OF BETTER FOR WHOM BECAUSE AS A BETTER FOR WHOM BECAUSE AS A DEMOCRACY, IT WASN’T A DEMOCRACY DEMOCRACY, IT WASN’T A DEMOCRACY FOR WOMEN FOR MOST OF HISTORY OR FOR WOMEN FOR MOST OF HISTORY OR MINORITIES OR FOR THE NATIVE MINORITIES OR FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS WIPED OUT IN GENOCIDE AMERICANS WIPED OUT IN GENOCIDE AT WHAT POINT DO WE HAVE AT WHAT POINT DO WE HAVE CONVERSATIONS AS PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS AS PART OF THE DAILY POLITICS AND NEWS BECAUSE DAILY POLITICS AND NEWS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT EETH THEY ARE NOT EETH

THEY ARE THE OVERORGANIZING THEY ARE THE OVERORGANIZING FIGHT THAT’S HAPPEN SNUG CAN’T FIGHT THAT’S HAPPEN SNUG CAN’T HAVE A DEMOCRACY WHEN THE HAVE A DEMOCRACY WHEN THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IS MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IS DISENFRANCHISED DISENFRANCHISED WE’RE STILL HAVING THE STRUGGLE WE’RE STILL HAVING THE STRUGGLE NOW NOW LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2016 LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN 2016 ON THE HORIZON FOR 2020 AND THE ON THE HORIZON FOR 2020 AND THE BATTLES OVER VOTER ACCESS AND BATTLES OVER VOTER ACCESS AND VOTER SUPPRESSION AND THESE VOTER SUPPRESSION AND THESE KINDS OF THINGS

KINDS OF THINGS BUT AT THE BEGINNING, THE OUTSET BUT AT THE BEGINNING, THE OUTSET OF THE COUNTRY IS VERY CLEAR OF THE COUNTRY IS VERY CLEAR MOST PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THIS MOST PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY COULD NOT VOTE COUNTRY COULD NOT VOTE

SO IT’S PROBLEMATIC TO SAY WE SO IT’S PROBLEMATIC TO SAY WE WILL START WITH THE KIND OF WILL START WITH THE KIND OF HALCYON DAYS OF AMERICAN HALCYON DAYS OF AMERICAN CONTROLALISM AND TALK ABOUT THE CONTROLALISM AND TALK ABOUT THE IDEALS OF THE FOUNDERS WITHOUT IDEALS OF THE FOUNDERS WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE WAYS THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE WAYS THEY WERE CIRCUMVENNED BY RACE I DIDN’T CIRCUMVENNED BY RACE I DIDN’T FEEL, SEXISM, BY CLASSISM, BY FEEL, SEXISM, BY CLASSISM, BY THE STRUGGLES THAT PEOPLE TO

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