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“We saw 99 percent of the money going to White farmers and 1 percent going to socially disadvantaged farmers and if you break that down to how much went to Black farmers, it’s 0.1 percent.” — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Washington Post that a tiny fraction of the Trump administration’s coronavirus relief for American farmers — just 0.1 percent of the overall package — went to Black farmers.
“You can imagine it and try to dismiss it, saying he’s just a blowhard and schoolyard tough guy, using his thumbs on Twitter like fists. But the reality, the harsh cold onslaught, is just pure pain.”
“It’s a sign that the rhetoric doesn’t remotely match the record.”
— John Avlon notes that President Trump will have put three times as many African Americans on stage at the Republican National Convention as he has appointed to his West Wing, Cabinet and US Attorney’s offices … combined.
“The Trump administration plans to add to the number of countries covered under its travel ban, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, along with others in Africa and Asia,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The administration plans to place visa restrictions on seven new countries: Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.”
“Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency.”
— Hillary Clinton, on Twitter.
“May God ruin him.”
— Muftia Tlaib, the grandmother of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI), in a Now This interview, after President Trump suggested Israel ban the congresswoman from entering the country.
“Racism is the fire that left our country horribly disfigured. It is the beast we try to keep locked in the basement. When the president of the United States plays with that fire or takes that beast out for a walk, it is not just another political event, not just a normal day in campaign 2020. It is a cause for shame.”
“The fact of the matter is, Robert E. Lee was a great tactician. Was not a great person. Robert E. Lee was a slave owner and a brutal slave master. Thankfully, he lost that war. And I find it kind of interesting that the president is now glorifying a loser. He always said that he hated losers. Robert E. Lee was a loser.”
— Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), on This Week.
“I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), responding to President Trump’s call for her resignation by accusing him of having “trafficked in hate your whole life” and questioning when he would learn from his experiences, as Omar said she has, the Washington Post reports.
A new CBS News poll finds that 83% of Republicans approve of President Trump’s handling of racial issues in the country, including 44% who strongly approve. In contrast, 90% of Democrats disapprove, including 80% who strongly disapprove.