Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke told Al Sharpton he would “absolutely” sign proposed reparations legislation if elected president.
Appearing at Sharpton’s 2019 National Action Network convention this week, O’Rourke voiced his support for a bill put forth by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) which would establish a commission to study injustices against African-Americans and recommend remunerative action to rectify those societal inequities.
“Your fellow Texan, Sheila Jackson Lee, has proposed a commission to study reparations,” Sharpton said. “If that passes, and you are President of the United States, would you sign that bill?”
“Yes,” O’Rourke replied. “I had a chance to speak with, and just listen to, and learn from [social justice activist] Bryan Stevenson in Montgomery, Alabama, and learn from his work on working with the community to build a memorial to justice and to peace. He said foundational to reparations is the word ‘repair,’ and foundational to repair is the truth.”
Speaking to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Saturday, political editor at TheRoot.com Jason Johnson said that President Donald Trump‘s wall is a “monument to white nationalism.”
The comment came during a discussion about how Trump has said that he is reportedly willing to compromise with Democrats but that a lot of the concessions seem to come in the form of how the wall is actually being described aka concrete wall versus steel fence.
“You know, Rev, you can call it a slap, a tap or a beatdown, I’m still getting punched in the face, right?” Johnson said in response to Sharpton’s question if changing the name but not what the wall is being erected for amounted to a compromise.
The Rev. Al Sharpton
hit back at President Donald Trump
for his comments
following the death
of legendary singer Aretha Franklin
The MSNBC host and civil rights advocate was one of several speakers at Franklin’s funeral in Detroit
on Friday. As he spoke in front of a crowd filled with the late icon’s family and friends, as well as celebrities and politicians, Sharpton poked fun at himself for misspelling “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”
on his Sunday TV show earlier this month.
“You know the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” he joked. “Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.”
Funeral attendees started cheering, and many rose to their feet.
In an executive order signed Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted some 35,000 paroled felons the right to vote.
The move by the second-term Democrat came after state Republicans blocked a bill in the state Senate.
“I’m unwilling to take no for an answer,” Cuomo said at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York City. “I’m going to make it law by executive order.”
Birmingham, ALABAMA — An organization partnered with a George Soros-financed group and led by a radical leftist who is the half-brother of the infamous controversial Rev. Al Sharpton has been diligently working over the past few weeks to register convicted felons across Alabama.
The aim of the effort has been to get as many felons as possible on the roster before last Monday, the deadline to register in order to vote in Alabama’s Dec. 12 senate special election that pits Republican Roy Moore against Democratic challenger Doug Jones. The man spearheading the campaign has stated outright that his effort is meant to ensure a Democratic victory in Alabama.