Ruffalo Saw Green When Ellen Was Nice to W

Ruffalo Saw Green When Ellen Was Nice to W
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Actor Mark Ruffalo is a one-man wrecking crew on-screen and off.

The actor best known for playing The Hulk in Disney’s Avengers movies has now focused his wrath on Ellen DeGeneres. Her offense? Simply being friendly to former president George W. Bush.

Forget decorum or civility. If he was in her position? Hulk smash! In a viral tweet, Ruffalo rebuked the popular talk show host for calling for basic kindness that transcends political disagreement.

Calling Ruffalo’s boorish behavior “sad” and “droll,” members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network wonder if Disney and Hollywood casting directors should be “Raising the Barr” when it comes to considering a conservative-hating and mean-spirited actor for action movies and other media meant to appeal to consumers of all political stripes.

In the current polarized political climate, it was big news when DeGeneres and Bush were seen sitting together in the owner’s box at the recent football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Ruffalo wasn’t the only celebrity critic of the meeting. But DeGeneres, who is an outspoken liberal and lesbian activist, didn’t back down when she came out of the closet about her friendship with the 43rd president. On her talk show, she explained that she’s able to enjoy the company of many people with opinions different from her own:

Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay….

Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna be friends with them. When I say, “Be kind to one another,” I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter.

That made Ruffalo angry. And you won’t like him when he’s angry.

In a tweet, Ruffalo wrote:

Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the crimes of the Iraq War, (including American-lead torture, Iraqi deaths & displacement, and the deep scars—emotional & otherwise—inflicted on our military that served his folly), we can’t even begin to talk about kindness.

Commenting on Ruffalo and his tweet, Project 21 member Melanie Collette calls the radical actor a personification of what’s wrong with current political discourse:

Actor Mark Ruffalo’s inability to see how people can disagree politically and still be friends represents a sad, elitist segment of our country.

Ruffalo’s antagonistic attitude toward Ellen’s message of kindness is exactly what’s wrong with today’s political climate.

Stacy Washington

Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington also criticizes Ruffalo’s elitism:

Mark Ruffalo is a part of the outrage mob that currently punishes any person daring to think for themselves or step outside the acceptable thought bubble. Ruffalo thinks because he is an actor his opinions are of the utmost importance. How droll!

Ruffalo, by the way, was responding to a tweet by Vanity Fair magazine, which was promoting an essay calling acceptance of Bush “incompatible with reality” and criticizing DeGeneres for promoting a “simulated apolitical utopia.”

Rough stuff! But not unexpected from a radicalized entertainment media.

Tlaib Trashes Police, Suggests Strategy to Segregate Security

Tlaib Trashes Police, Suggests Strategy to Segregate Security
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Two wrongs never make a right. And when it comes to Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a member of the far-left “Squad” in the U.S. House of Representatives, wrongs were recently plentiful.

In July, Tlaib introduced legislation to prohibit public housing security infrastructure from employing facial and biometric recognition technology. It would also require the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to essentially prove the negative, that the technology isn’t harming those living in federally subsidized communities. The next month Tlaib doubled-down when she challenged the Detroit Police Department (DPD) – which helps protect the 13th Congressional District of Michigan which she represents – to “rethink… this whole facial recognition bulls—t.”

This prompted an invitation from the DPD for Tlaib to take a tour and see the technology in use. On that tour, Tlaib confronted DPD Chief James Craig with a racially-charged proposition. It was an offer Craig could easily refuse. She said: “Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not. It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!”

Craig responded, “I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender.” Tlaib countered, suggesting there was a 60 percent “error rate among African-Americans, especially women.” Craig replied, “I understand the technology real well.” Tlaib held her ground, demanding: “See if you can get some of our money back until they fix it.” Craig curtly responded: “No.”

Tlaib’s one piece of evidence about black people allegedly looking alike to white people is that her congressional colleagues Elijah Cummings and John Lewis are often mistaken for each other. It’s something CNN has done, yet something even Lewis has simply joked about rather than making it an issue to hamstring law enforcement efforts.

Confronted by a reporter about racial recognition being a bigger problem, Tlaib responded: “I think there’s actually been studies out that it’s hard for, you know, like African-Americans would identify African-Americans, similar, Latino same thing.” While not citing any such studies or responding about whether black analysts could differentiate white people, she said “look it up” before walking away from the reporter.

Craig called what Tlaib said “insulting.” He added: “If I made a similar statement, people would be calling for my resignation – right now. We know that. So is it a double-standard? That’s the number-one question I have.” And Craig is black.

Project 21 member Marie Fischer definitely thinks there’s a rush to play the race card in this and other politically and racially sensitive situations. It’s why Tlaib and others like her who want to polarize such issues need to be “Raising the Barr.”

In an interview with OneNewsNow, Marie said:

The left seems to have a get-out-of-jail card. They’re the ones that are pushing this racist narrative. They are the ones pushing that everybody’s-a-racist agenda. And basically it’s not everyone’s a racist; it’s anyone who disagrees with them.

She told OneNewsNow correspondent Chad Groening that constant allegations of racism threaten to cause the term to lose its seriousness and possibly lead to it failing to raise interest should there actually be a problem in the future. She added:

I have a friend; he’s a political analyst. This guy is like a 6-foot, 2-inch black man, and he says he’s been flat-out called a racist – a Nazi – just because he’s a conservative.

So it’s not a racist agenda on any part. They just do not want to hear anybody that sounds different than they do. They just want to shut down the narrative.

To read the entire OneNewsNow article, click here.

No Joy for Reid’s Dis of Christians, Conservatives

No Joy for Reid’s Dis of Christians, Conservatives
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MSNBC host Joy Reid recently warned a group of teachers that she believed “wealthy, white Christian men” are willing to create something akin to the apartheid regime of the former South African government to stop a “numerical majority” of Americans from winning in a “simple election.”

This stoking of racial fears to attack both the Electoral College and Americans of religious faith is being criticized by members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network. They suggest the media personality take a civics class. And also that Reid not use her celebrity status to enlist educators in her divisiveness. In short, Reid needs to be “Raising the Barr.”

Reid’s comments were made during a panel discussion about “Civic Participation in an Age of Democratic Peril” at the “In Defense of American Democracy” conference organized by the American Federation of Teachers, Shanker Institute and Onward Together. Other notable speakers at the event were former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Senator Ron Wyden and former attorney general Eric Holder – all of whom have not addressed Reid’s incendiary comments.

Saying that “multiracial democracy is so fragile,” Reid claimed there is “a very determined minority, in this case wealthy, white Christian men and Christian Americans who are of the fundamentalist variety” who want to “maintain power forever” and will do so even “if they have to pull the South Africa model.” She added that “Donald Trump is merely an avatar for this.”

Reid called for “just a simple election” to “actually have majority rule in this country.”

Constitutional experts note that the Electoral College protects against a “tyranny of the majority” in which elections could effectively be determined by just a few densely-populated areas rather than through broad national support.

This is at least the second time Reid has suggested the existence of apartheid in America. In July, in response to allegations about the detention of an illegal immigrant, Reid tweeted: “This is apartheid.”

Stacy Washington

Commenting on Reid’s historical histrionics, Project 21 Co-Chairman Stacy Washington says:

The use of the word apartheid has no place in American political discourse. It is insulting and demeaning to the millions of Americans who simply disagree with leftist political ideology. Joy Reid uses the term to deflect from the millions of women, Jews, Hispanics and blacks who support President Trump.

Reid is wrong on so many things it’s no surprise she doesn’t understand our form of government, which is a republic. We do not have, nor have we ever had, the mob rule of a simple democracy.

However, Reid is correct that our form of government is a fragile one – dependent upon a moral upright and well-educated electorate. Her contribution in this speech to the malignant campaign of misinformation echoes the garbage that she so regularly issues on her television program.

Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of making speeches, Reid enrolled in a civics class?

Richard Holt

Discussing how Reid’s comments actually hurt racial harmony, Project 21 member Richard Holt adds:

Dishonesty is a common tool for a leftist regime determined to prevent us from evolving into a colorless society. Its insistence in continuing this charade would be comical if its reach wasn’t so deep and its effects so dangerous.

Joy Reid talks about these boogeyman “white Christian men” as if they conspire in the darkest corners of our society and are working tirelessly to divide us. But we all know white Christian men don’t act like liberals! And they don’t need to divide us – the left is already doing that very effectively.

Reid’s unsubstantiated mistruths do a disservice to a nation that entrusts the fourth estate of journalism to behold the truths of the world and ensure an educated populace. But, like many pathetic liberals, she resorts to inventing conspiracies by white elites who are trying to oppress us. Well I just so happen to know these elites, and I can assure you they are far better company than she could ever be.

Project 21 member Donna Jackson notes that this behavior is unfortunately common for Reid:

Let’s first acknowledge that we have racist, bigoted minorities on the left in America whose goal is to create fear in exchange for power. Joy Reid is one of them.

Reid’s statement now, like Vice President Joe Biden’s 2012 assertion to a black audience that conservatives would “put you all back in chains,’’ is just another tactic to intimidate and manipulate people into supporting the liberal agenda.

And it’s clear Reid has never been afraid to express her disdain and hatred for white Americans. In a 2017 podcast interview, she suggested liberals give up on white people once and for all and focus on only minorities.

We’ve seen a lot of good things from current conservative policies – including black unemployment at a record low and black-owned businesses being launched at a healthy rate. Of course, there is much more to be done. We need solutions, not scapegoats. Joy Reid’s targeting of white Christian males will accomplish absolutely nothing.

Messing’s Mess: Disturbing Tweet Accuses Black Conservatives of Mental Illness

Messing’s Mess: Disturbing Tweet Accuses Black Conservatives of Mental Illness
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When it came to her television show and its promotion of homosexual lifestyles, actress Debra Messing of the now-cancelled (for the second time) “Will and Grace” celebrated her “opportunity” to be “normalizing” the LGBT community.

After all, homosexuals were once classified as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association. While Messing obviously disagrees with that diagnosis, she still approves of using mental illness as a label to vilify those who have different political views than her own.

Pastor Michael Jordan of the New Era Baptist Church near Birmingham, Alabama recently put up a message on his church’s street sign that read, “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.” Instead of being shocked at such an broad accusation, Messing retweeted an article about the act that said “THANK YOU.”

A recent Zogby Poll found that President Donald Trump has 28% approval among black voters. Over 15 million blacks voted in the 2016 election. Using 2016’s numbers and 2019’s polling, does Messing really think it’s alright to label possibly 4,200,000 black Americans as mentally ill?

In her heart, she must not. She deleted the tweet from her Twitter feed. But she has not apologized for endorsing such a crass accusation. And apologies are not uncharacteristic of her. She apologized earlier this year – on International Women’s Day – for liking female anatomy-themed baked goods that offended transsexual activists who believe gender is merely a social construct.

Members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network – recognizing that Jordan’s universal and unkind accusation should be reviled in the same manner Hollywood shunned actress Roseanne Barr for her 2018 accusations against Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett – see this as a reason for “Raising the Barr.” Deleting her tweet is not enough; Debra Messing needs to formally apologize for her shameful behavior of endorsing the marginalization of millions of black Americans.

As an organization, Project 21 does not support, endorse or otherwise seek to advance the campaigns of any political candidates or parties. But, as conservatives, Project 21 members cannot ignore the problems inherent in focusing on aspects such as race as a means of tearing people down for their political views. Because of their outspoken nature, Project 21 members are frequently the targets of similar harsh criticism.

As Project 21 member Nadra Enzi explains:

You can’t accuse the political preference of one group of black people as being a sign of mental illness without betraying a painfully limited expectation of black intellect generally.

A mental plantation isn’t an upgrade over a physical one. In fact, it’s infinitely harder to escape.

Noting the pastor is not free from blame in this incident, Project 21 member Emery McClendon adds:
Emery McClendon

It’s really perplexing that a Baptist church would post a sign calling black folk mentally ill for supporting President Trump. It’s even worse that a celebrity like Debra Messing would tell her large Twitter following that she thanks the church for what it did. Is she thanking the pastor for calling blacks crazy, or is she expressing her opinion that blacks who think for themselves are mentally unstable?

Why would they make such a judgement of people exercising their right to support a politician? Whatever happened to freedom of choice?

Messing took a deeply troubling position. Because of her popularity and visibility, she has influence over those who follow her. That following could also view her as anti-black or a racist because of her “thank you” comment.

This is all very disturbing. In their obviously non-professional opinions, Messing and Pastor Jordan assume free-thinking blacks are somehow mentally unstable. Blacks of all political persuasions should be upset over the message that she tweeted. Once again, we see that racism is the tool that progressives love to use to benefit themselves and divide the rest of us.

Project 21 member Donna Jackson notes that – despite Hollywood’s usual antipathy for the church – Messing embraced the pastor’s sign to advance her political agenda:

It’s safe to say that today’s celebrities have become the new ambulance chasers – scouring the Internet for anti-Trump sentiments to seize upon and champion. Debra Messing is no different in her quest to grab headlines. She has no connection to the black community, but – like most of the Hollywood elite – feels it’s her right to attach herself to black and brown faces to boost her career.

If anything, Messing should start with her own industry as a place where real change needs to occur. Hollywood has vilified Christians as being unhinged for decades. Yet now it wants to praise a Christian church that bows and serves the liberal agenda.

Derrick Hollie

Noting that Messing is also demanding that potential Hollywood donors to President Trump’s campaign essentially be “doxxed” and subsequently punished by the entertainment industry, Project 21 member Derrick Hollie calls Messing and people like her “unhinged”:

Debra Messing’s tweet is another example of elite liberal privilege.

The church sign promoted hate and divisiveness along with ignorance on the part of the pastor. And it’s this type of rhetoric from liberals that fuels the passion of Trump supporters. It’s also hypocritical on the part of the pastor to promote and play with mental illness – an issue that impacts so many in the black community.

Messing’s second demand, for the names of people attending a Trump fundraiser in Beverly Hills to be made public, further shows how unhinged some liberals are and just how far they will go to destroy the lives of others who don’t agree with them. It’s a shame.

Cuomo’s Comparing “Fredo” to N-Word Dumb, Not Smart

Cuomo’s Comparing “Fredo” to N-Word Dumb, Not Smart
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It may be regrettable that CNN personality Chris Cuomo was trolled on his personal time, but it’s outrageous that Cuomo would try to compare being called “Fredo” to a black person being called the n-word. And it is unforgivable for CNN to jump on the bandwagon to call it an “ethnic slur.”

Members of the Project 21 black leadership network think CNN should be “Raising the Barr” when it comes to the crass political maneuvers of its staff and not joining in the effort to label anything they don’t like as racist, sexist or some other unforgivable offense.

After all, both Cuomo and CNN appeared to condone the use of “Fredo” on the network in the past when it served their purposes. Cuomo even used it to describe himself.

Project 21 member Deroy Murdock, a Fox News contributor and contributing editor at National Review Online, pointed out that “Fredo” comes from a well-known movie and not the Ku Klux Klan. In his confrontation, Cuomo himself identified it to mean “weak brother” (his brother is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo). Deroy said:

Chris Cuomo is confused.

“Fredo” refers to Fredo Corleone, the weak and deceitful son in a novel and film called “The Godfather.” In other words, “Fredo” is a fictional character. Cuomo once compared himself to Fredo, by name, on air.

Meanwhile, “the n-word” is a vicious anti-black epithet and arguably the ugliest expression in the English language. CNN’s Chris Cuomo is confused, but even he should understand this distinction.

While they might have different interpretations of the term that has been defined by their views about the movie, Italian Americans interviewed by the New York Post also unanimously did not consider Fredo a slur. “Not like the n-word,” said one person. “That’s another level.”

And Cuomo obviously knows the difference between the n-word and Fredo because he’s allowed it to be used on his show without challenge. In January 2019, CNN contributor Ana Navarro referred to Donald Trump. Jr. as Fredo on Cuomo’s show while Cuomo remained expressionless. Ditto for CNN. Guest Rick Wilson called Representative Devin Nunes the Fredo of his political party while a similarly expressionless Anderson Cooper looked on in a March 2019 panel discussion.

Christopher Arps

Christopher Arps, a Project 21 member who is also a talk radio host, said this is “liberal logic” run amok:

This is America in 2019.

CNN has a white man of wealth and privilege who hails from a prominent political family. He claims he’s the victim of a very questionable slur.

This is liberal logic.

Project 21 member Rich Holt, a political consultant, said that Cuomo’s rush to define Fredo as bigoted term is emblematic of the leftist penchant for trying to portray opponents as out of the mainstream. He remarked:
Richard Holt

This is just another example of the prevailing attitude among liberals that any kind of criticism of any kind is an overt act of bigotry and racism. The entire purpose of CNN these days seems to be the promotion of the worldview of liberalism – which is a political theory based on victimhood and division.

Cuomo, like other little brothers we are familiar with, obviously lacks the intellect to truly be great in America. That’s why he has to settle for being little more than a propagandist.

That being said, Rich suggested that conservatives take the high road to keep these accusations from being able to be made in the first place:

But critics of the toxic divisive culture of liberalism should rise higher than petty name-calling. As conservatives, we need to set the example of what it is to be an American. We should focus on being honest, guided by our faith and inspired by a true desire to be just.

People like Cuomo are temporary, but our values are eternal. Let’s set an example for others to follow.

Rainn, Rainn Go Away: Anti-Gun Tweets Off-Target

Rainn, Rainn Go Away: Anti-Gun Tweets Off-Target
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Rainn Wilson is channeling his inner Ilhan Omar.

In taking aim at our Second Amendment freedom against government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms, the actor best known for playing Assistant to the Regional Manager Dwight Schrute on “The Office” tweeted to the 4.4 million people following him on social media that “angry white men with guns” are the biggest threat to the United States. And he managed to lump in some crazy interpretation of Christianity as well.

This appears to one-up Representative Omar, who only said that people “should be more fearful of white men” – suggesting that they were more deadly than Islamic terrorists.

Wilson’s full-bore attack on his own race, gender and gun rights is being criticized by the members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network. They call him “misguided,” and call his actions “moral grandstanding” and “fake rage.” They also take offense to his bigotry in treating white men in an abusive manner like Hollywood has done for other racial groups – showing they have not yet learned not to hate.

Like Roseanne Barr, Project 21 members feel Rainn Wilson has crossed a line. The entertainment industry should be “Raising the Barr” to keep those representing it from making them look silly, out of the mainstream and just plain hateful.

Wilson’s series of tweets – sent out after the horrible shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas – began with: “When are we all going to admit that the biggest threat to Americans, terrorist or not, is ANGRY, WHITE MEN with guns?” He added that his “heart breaks” for those affected, and how he’s “speechless.”

Well, not really. For good measure, he then threw in a biblical reference to get at those who former President Barack Obama said “cling to guns or religion.” Wilson added: “The metamorphosis of Jesus Christ from a humble servant of the abject poor to a symbol that stands for gun rights, prosperity theology, anti-science, limited government (that neglects the destitute) and fierce nationalism is truly the strangest transformation in human history.”

Adrian Norman

Project 21 member Adrian Norman says:

We have to stop looking at every situation in this country through the lens of race. Demonizing an entire group of people on the basis of their skin color for the actions committed by a single individual is not only racist, it does nothing to move us closer toward solutions.

It seems like Wilson is taking on the traits of his Dwight Schrute character, who is described by Wikipedia as someone with “a lack of social skills and common sense.” But, while Dwight was a gun aficionado, Wilson takes the Hollywood hard line against guns (unless guns are valuable to selling a project).

Wilson might actually want to have some guns in his acting jobs. Dwight, as mentioned, talked about guns on his successful series. His next job was a failed television series about a detective. Since then, he’s mainly done voiceovers and forgotten roles like the lead in “Permanent” – a movie that made only $12,847 at the box office (as a point of reference, “Avengers: Endgame” made over $1 billion).

Hollywood has hurt with its stereotypes, and Rainn Wilson’s most recent use of the broad brush is no less shocking and demeaning. This is why Project 21 member Donna Jackson thinks Wilson needs to check his elitist privilege. She says:

It’s shameful that Rainn Wilson used bigotry and hatred as a platform for publicity and self-promotion.

Hollywood elites have been largely responsible for creating most of the racist and sexist narratives we have today such as the angry black woman, her superpredator child and the dirty Mexican. And now, some in Hollywood are adding the angry white male to the list.

As a victim of these stereotypes, I – like countless other black women – have had to fight against them both in the workplace and in our private lives. To suggest that all white male gun owners are terrorists is very disingenuous and only creates a dangerously divisive and hostile environment.

Actors like Rainn Wilson who pretend to fight against bigotry while creating it, as he has, don’t help our great country.

While there should be concern about the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, Project 21 member Derryck Green wonders where Wilson’s concern is for the other cities with chronic problems involving unacceptably high violence that do not receive the national headlines or celebrity tweets:

Noted theologian and sociologist Rainn Wilson offered his unsolicited opinion regarding what he believes caused the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. One of his conclusions is “angry white men with guns.”

Does Wilson apply that same logic to places like Chicago? This past weekend, Chicago witnessed its deadliest weekend of 2019 thus far. According to the New York Times, 52 people were shot and 7 were killed between Friday and Sunday evenings.  Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago – one of the five trauma centers there – was so overwhelmed that it was forced to refuse patients and divert them to other trauma centers across the city.

According to the Chicago Tribune, there have been at least 300 homicides and 1,600 people have been shot so far this year in Chicago.

Is this the result of (in all caps, like Wilson’s original tweet) ANGRY, BLACK MEN with guns? If not, why not? Why doesn’t his heart break for Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, Philadelphia or Memphis?

“Dwight” isn’t concerned with much more than moral grandstanding and venting fake rage. It’s what happens when actors go off script.

And then there are Wilson’s religious references. Project 21 member Melanie Collette finds Wilson very off-target on his interpretation of Jesus. She explains:

There’s so much to unpack in Rainn Wilson’s misguided comments.

First, we have the undeniable racism in the statement that “angry white men with guns” are the biggest threat to America. But,worse than this, Mr. Wilson presents Jesus as a weak caricature of who He was.

Rather than a display of “fierce nationalism,” the Bible is clear about the pivotal role the census played in the expectation of a Messiah. Further, Jesus was no weakling when it came to preaching about the government’s limited role in our lives as our allegiance is to God. Finally, Jesus made clear that it was the church, not the government, that was to care materially and spiritually for the poor.

Mr. Wilson has managed to demonize the white man, make people of color appear to be victims and weaken the character of Jesus – all in one astonishing tweet.

Rob Reiner’s Hypocrisy Goes to 11

Rob Reiner’s Hypocrisy Goes to 11
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Rob Reiner hates hate.

He says he is so opposed to discrimination on the part of President Donald Trump that, in his opinion, anyone who supports the President is either a racist or a racist enabler. It’s a categorical judgement on the actor/director’s part.

And that, by definition, is discrimination. Hmmmmm.

Reiner definitively tweeted: “The President of the United States is a racist.” Furthermore: “If you support him, there can be no distinction between you being a racist and a racist enabler. They are the same.”

But members of Project 21, the National Center’s black leadership organization, beg to differ with the man who seems to have gained his knowledge of the presidency solely from directing the fantasy movie “The American President” and acting in “Primary Colors.”

After all, the Project 21 members are black and support President Trump.

Last year, when Roseanne Barr made uncalled-for accusations about Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, Reiner called her comments “not acceptable in 2018.” Has there been a change in the rules that make Reiner’s blanket accusations of the most harmful kind these days – that someone is steeped in racism – acceptable this year? Perhaps we should be “Raising the Barr” and holding him to at least the same expectations.

Emery McClendon

Project 21 member Emery McClendon, a Tea Party organizer, says:

It’s strange that Rob Reiner says that those who support President Trump are racist. He seems to have placed every Trump supporter into one basket with his comments. After all, he did say there “can be no distinction” between President Trump and those who support him.

That’s very odd since many Americans who are black support President Trump. I happen to be black, and I don’t find the President to be a racist at all. I think he has gone out of his way since his Inauguration to improve race relations in America.

Contrary to Reiner’s remarks, there is a distinction between a person making factual political statements and spewing racial hatred. The President’s remarks about Baltimore and “The Squad” – the likely reasons for Reiner’s tweet – were rooted in criticism of failed liberal policies. Simply because some of these failures have come from those who serve in predominantly minority districts or from those who are minorities themselves doesn’t make the pointing out of these failures racial attacks.

Liberals love to use racism to their advantage as a political tool. Once again, Rob Reiner reinforces that point.

Richard Holt

Project 21 member Richard Holt adds:

Rob Reiner’s list of hit movies includes nearly all-white casts, and yet he’s got the nerve to call us racist.

It takes a unique blend of cognitive dissonance and wild hypocrisy to live a code of marginalizing blackness with powerful absences from his movies and then to call people who support Trump a racist! Hollywood racism has had a deeply scarring impact on minorities who continue to be marginalized. Black actors aren’t being considered for key roles, and yet – if they support a Republican – they’re the racists.

Reiner and the Hollywood vultures have profited by exploiting black people and promoting horrific stereotypes of black people. The fact is that the liberal Hollywood elite doesn’t promote art for the glorification of our culture but for social conditioning that encourages vice, racism and a destruction of the value of the individual.

But wait, there’s more! There’s another wrinkle to the notion that black Trump supporters can be smeared with the accusation of racism. Project 21 members may have a liberal icon on their side.

Well, probably not really. She’s probably just confused. Hollywood can do that to people.

Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of “The View” and another huge critic of the President, must think Reiner is outrageous and stupid for his advocacy of blanket discrimination against Trump supporters.

On her show, she said “[i]t’s outrageous and stupid to call a black person a racist.” Her observation concerned the President tweeting that Representative Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore politician whose district the President originally criticized, is a racist. “[I]t’s hard to be a racist,” she claimed, “when you are a victim of racism.”

Or, in the case of black supporters of President Trump, victims of the blanket discrimination of Rob Reiner.

Gregory Parker

Commenting on this potential brewing schism among the liberal Hollywood elite, Project 21 member Greg Parker remarks:

Rob “Meathead” Reiner says all Trump supporters are racist. Joy Behar states that blacks cannot be racist.

With the unprecedented support Trump enjoys among black Americans, how does the regressive left reconcile these contradictions? Let me guess – they will call black Trump supporters “Uncle Toms” or race traitors. This will show they are the true racists.

Midler’s Off-Key Tune: Blacks Can’t Support Trump

Midler’s Off-Key Tune: Blacks Can’t Support Trump
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The Rose has started to stink.

Bette Midler – a star of stage, screen and the recording industry, greatly honored by tolerant society for her acting and singing – was hardly divine when she recently suggested black conservatives and other blacks who support President Donald Trump are essentially selling themselves into indentured servitude.

In a recent tweet, she posted a photo of black Trump supporters at a rally and asked how much they were paid to be in the “blackground.”

Project 21 members are calling this “incredibly patronizing” and racist.

Clearly, the people on the coasts have a particular need for “Raising the Barr” regarding whom they associate with – holding their liberal friends to the same standards they did for Roseanne Barr when she crossed the line last year when she insulted Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett.

Midler, a frequent critic of the President, has said he “deserves to be held down and his hair cut off, or strapped to the roof of the car!” She’s joked about wanting him to be stabbed by his staff. She’s tweeted old topless modeling photos of First Lady Melania Trump with catty remarks while urging Twitter to ban the President from social media. And she’s had to apologize for spreading false rumors about President Trump’s feelings toward his political party.

But her recent race-mongering tweet is much worse, and something for which she must apologize. And it’s something that Twitter really should consider as reason to curtail her use of social media.

Midler’s whole tweet read: “Look, there are African American men in this shot! How much did he pay them to be ‘blackground’?” While she portrays herself as a keen observer of the President’s activities, it’s surprising she hasn’t seen those men in the past. They are part of a group called Blacks for Trump, and they are genuine. Members of this group have attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the past few years and are quite well known. They are often seen cheering with enthusiasm at Trump rallies.

But Midler seems to be one of those people who assumes, like Representative Ayanna Pressley, that people of color must read off the same page in order to be authentic. That’s just plain wrong, and members of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network are calling Bette Midler out and asking everyone else to join them in doing so.

Adrian Norman

Project 21 member Adrian Norman remarks:

It’s incredibly patronizing that people like Bette Midler don’t think black people are capable of thinking for ourselves.

Her “white savior” complex is no less racist than people who wear white hoods. We don’t need approval from white liberal overseers to judge if we’re acting in our own self-interest.

And Project 21 member Stone Washington says:Stone Washington

Liberal entertainer Bette Midler has gone over the deep end with her racist tweet insulting President Trump and his loyal black supporters.

Her incredibly insensitive comment is proof that many on the left feel they are privileged to say whatever they want and not be subject to the same harsh scrutiny as conservatives like Roseanne Barr.

Thankfully, Midler’s uncivil racism will not receive a pass simply because her tweet is anti-Trump. She should educate herself about President Trump’s base, which faces a growing number of black activists who are excited about their record-low unemployment and 3.3% wage increase.

Also, in interview with Fox News reporter Brian Flood, Project 21 member Deroy Murdock – who is also a contributor to the news network – added:

How dare Midler dismiss these grown black men as props for hire, rather than sapient citizens who support the candidate of their choice.

And why shouldn’t they? Thanks to the Trump/GOP tax cuts, black unemployment is near record lows, and average real wages for blacks are up 3.3% over the last 12 months, the Dallas Federal Reserve reports. Also, President Trump’s criminal justice reform disproportionately benefits blacks.

Marc Lamont Hill Sees Zionist Media Conspiracy, Opposes Safe Space for Jews

Marc Lamont Hill Sees Zionist Media Conspiracy, Opposes Safe Space for Jews
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Those who complained that CNN went too far when it fired Marc Lamont Hill last year have received their comeuppance.

Hill’s contract as a political commentator was terminated in November after he made anti-Zionist comments during a United Nations-sponsored event. At the end of his presentation, during which he also echoed the goals of the radical boycott-divestment-sanctions movement, Hill – a professor at Temple University – used the terrorist tagline of “free Palestine from the river to the sea.”

But people who called Hill’s firing “rash” at the time must now reconcile his latest outburst. In retrospect, CNN’s move was fortuitous – protecting itself from the potential backlash over Hill’s continued controversial and offensive positions. It’s something Temple now essentially owns, since Hill is a tenured member of the faculty.

This is yet another example of the establishment needing to “raise the Barr” by holding liberals in the public eye to the same standards that Roseanne Barr was held to when she made statements that were beyond the pale.

At the annual Netroots Nation conference, Hill was part of a panel making suggestions for “embedding Palestinian rights in the 2020 agenda.” During the discussion, and despite his assertion otherwise, Hill pushed a conspiracy theory that major media organizations are “Zionist organizations.” He said:

They’re like, I want to work for Fox, or I want to work for ABC or NBC or whoever. I want to tell these stories. You have to make choices about where you want to work. And if you work for a Zionist organization, you’re going to get Zionist content. And no matter how vigorous you are in the newsroom, there are going to be two, three, four, 17 or maybe one powerful person – not going to suggest a conspiracy – all news outlets have a point of a view. And if your point of view competes with the point of view of the institution, you’re going to have challenges.

As far as being tools of Zionism, NBC, ABC and even Fox News have plenty to answer for when it comes to favoring the Palestinian cause in their poor reporting on Israel-Palestine relations. But Hill made a sweeping generalization. We should expect better from an academic.

Project 21 member Marie Fischer says:

Hearing statements coming from the progressive activists at the recent Netroots Nation summit makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time.

I read how Marc Lamont Hill referred to the news media as being Zionist organizations. He included Fox, ABC and NBC in this accusation. For those who do not know, when people use Zionist in this term it has always been a dog whistle for Jewish, and we know anti-Semites have always talked about how Jews control the media.

Of course, Mr. Hill will not say “Jewish media,” because doing so would completely shut down his argument to his audience and firmly place him in the same category as a white supremacist. However, we all know where Mr. Hill stands. If you recall last year, at an appearance at the United Nations, Mr. Hill stated, “free Palestine from the river to the sea.” One can only interpret that as eliminating the state of Israel as well as all of its inhabitants.

First, let us have the proper definition of Zionist and Zionism. According to the Oxford dictionary, Zionism is “[a] movement for the re-establishment and the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.” A Zionist is “a person who believes in the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.”  So is Mr. Hill stating those in the media are pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian? I find that ironic since his former employer, CNN, has been cited many times as being anti-Israel.  Two decades ago, we had bumper stickers in the religious Jewish community that stated “CNN Lies” due to its very biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. Thus, those of us in the Jewish community knew long before the average conservative.

I have also read where some have said anti-Zionism is the rejection of racism, and Mr. Hill fanned those flames when he also stated Israel was engaged in a “white supremacist” project. I would like to know how being for the protection of a Jewish nation is racism. I am wondering if Mr. Hill or any of his audience have been to Israel outside of tourist spots. If you saw the makeup of the citizens of Israel, you would see one of the more diverse populations in the world and the most diverse in the Middle East. In addition, if Israel is so racist, why would it rescue thousands of Ethiopians of Jewish descent in Africa from devastating famines and war via the decades-long Operation Solomon? If Israel is so racist, why did it also bring in thousands of people of Jewish descent from India via Operation Menashe?

People do not realize – or maybe they do – that when you speak of anti-Zionism, you are speaking against Israel and its people. Israel is 75% Jewish. You are speaking against a right for Israel to exist, and you are speaking against a safe haven for my children and myself if it ever comes to that point.

Those on the left always speak of wanting safe spaces. To me, Israel will always be my safe space.

Erica Thomas Backtracks on “Go Back” Accusation

Erica Thomas Backtracks on “Go Back” Accusation
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Meet Georgia Representative Erica Thomas.

As detractors of President Donald Trump made much of his recent tweet suggesting that his congressional critics should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” and as they complained about a chant at a rally to “send her back” (referring to one of those critics), Thomas entered herself into the national debate about race. She claimed that a “white man” told her “you need to go back to where you came from” after confronting her in a grocery store.

In a tearful video, she decried “white privilege” because the man with “hate in his heart” allegedly berated her and told her to “go back.” She was challenged by the man after she went through the express lane with more than 10 items. She claimed she did so because she is pregnant and “can’t stand up for long,” although later admitted that her daughter was the cause of the over-quota purchase.

After the video was shared, Twitter hashtags were created in her defense and political figures — from Representative Ted Lieu to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — made her a national figure. But then her story began to change. She walked back the “go back” storyline. At a press conference, after questioned by a reporter about the comment, she said: “I don’t know if he said ‘go back,’ or those types of words… I don’t know if he said ‘go back to your country’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references is what I remember.”

She adjusted her recollection after the man showed up at her press conference, during which she was miraculously able to stand at length before the cameras to repeat her allegations. The man, Eric Sparkes, turned out to be Cuban and not white. While admitting, “I called you a lazy b-i-t-c-h. That’s the worst thing I said,” Sparkes charged Thomas was “playing the victim for political purposes.” He added that he is a liberal whose social media posts prove he’s “anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-racism, anti-bigotry.”

Sparkes has threatened to sue Thomas for defamation, yet Thomas wants Sparkes arrested for what she alleges he said – whatever that might be at this point.

With leftists once again using race as a means to sow dissent and increase their appeal, damage has been done. It appears that Thomas has been caught exaggerating the situation, but the nation stopped for at least a moment to give her credibility she doesn’t seem to have deserved. Many people won’t hear anything but the initial video, and that hurts America.

After the hoaxes surrounding actor Jussie Smollett and Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, this is at least the third well-known strike against leftist race-mongers this year. It’s time to Raise the Barr on the hoaxers and make them accountable.

On the Fox News Channel, Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper said:

The problem here is there is so little bigotry in the United States of America [that] people have to fake it. In the case of Chicago [and Jussie Smollett], they have to bring people from outside of the country to do the racism that Americans just aren’t willing to.

Once again, what we see is hoax after hoax after hoax. And, in fact, it’s so rare that the media gives it extra oxygen to try to make it out to be something it’s not.

Gregory Parker

Project 21 member Greg Parker adds:

Again, the media pushes another racist hate hoax narrative.

If America is so filled with hate, as the liberals claim, why do they have to continue to manufacture these hate hoaxes?

Really, at some point the term “racism” and “racist” become meaningless given the continued cries of “wolf” by the left.

Specifically calling out Thomas and the possible fallout of her accusations, Project 21 member Derrick Hollie notes:
Derrick Hollie

For Representative Thomas to make and then walk back her claim that the man told her to go back where she came from is deceitful and disgusting. She could have ruined his life with her false implication of racism. And the hoax she’s perpetrated has already poisoned the political environment and pushed back racial healing.

Regarding the “go back” accusation that has become an obsession in the media over the past few weeks, Derrick adds that it is not necessarily a racial thing. He’s personally observed it in a black-on-black situation:

While heritage is apparently not a factor in this case, it is nonetheless important to note that this is not a uniformly racist taunt as the left currently seeks to portray it.

I was recently at a bank where a black American customer disparaged an employee of African origin because of his heritage. This was black-on-black criticism. It was unwarranted, but it was certainly not racist. But the left is grabbing at anything to perpetuate the narrative of a racist America to build its base of power. This is disingenuous and dishonest.

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