Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) invited a former employee of the Trump organization and current Housing and Urban Development (HUD) employee Lynne Patton – a black woman – to Wednesday’s Congressional testimony by President Donald J. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
The purpose was for Patton’s invitation was to refute Cohen’s claims that Trump is a “racist,” which Cohen made under oath, despite working for Trump for a decade.
“I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to shed some light,” Meadows told Cohen. “How long have you known Ms. Patton?”
Cohen responded by saying that he was “responsible for Ms. Patton joining the Trump organization” and apparently for her employment at HUD, despite the fact that Cohen never worked for the Trump administration.
“I’m glad you acknowledge that because you made some very demeaning comments about the President that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with,” Meadows continued. “In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism. She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist. How do you reconcile the two of those?”
Cohen dodged the question by saying that he was the son of a Holocaust survivor.
“But, Mr. Cohen, I guess what I’m saying is I’ve talked to the President over 300 times. I’ve not heard, one time, a racist comment out of his mouth in private. So how do you recognize it? Do you have proof of those allegations?”
Cohen, who has already been found guilty of lying to Congress and will begin a three-year federal prison sentence in May, was dumbfounded.
Today’s exercise in drudging up old news from the bogus Russian “collusion” investigation has so far been a bust for Democrats.
Meadows brings African American party planner, Lynne Patton, who worked for Trump org (and now runs part of HUD) to refute racism allegations. pic.twitter.com/x22GDtr6H3
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 27, 2019
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Baltimore’s Population Plummets as the City Becomes Dysfunctional
ZeroHedge recently reported on the dire state of Baltimore.
The city’s population fell below 600,000, as it is rocked by “record homicides, an opioid crisis, and now an economic depression risks sending the city deeper into chaos.”
The Baltimore Sun, cited new U.S. Census data released on March 26, 2020, which estimated that Baltimore’s population was 593,490 as of July 2019.
ZeroHedge provided some context to Baltimore’s imploding demographics:
To give you some perspective on the collapsing population trend in Baltimore. In 1950, the city had 950,000 residents. Now it has 593,490, which is a loss of 356,510 people, or about 37.5% of the entire population in seven decades.
“White flight”, the crack epidemic of the 1980s/1990s, and a complete mismanagement of the city, have led to its notable decline. As a result, many have fled the city altogether or have gone to Baltimore County and other surrounding counties.
Michael Rendall, the director of the Maryland Population Research Center and a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, said in the aftermath 2015 Baltimore Riots, no other counties surrounding the city witnessed a decline in the population.
The city’s plunging population, Rendall stated, “is not a phenomenon reflective of the overall metropolitan area.”
During the last year, Baltimore City saw 8,953 people leave the city, which is 1.5 percent of its population.
Putting this in perspective, when Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in office in 2014, the city had over 623,000 residents. In other words, the city has lost about 5% of its population in five years.
Ever since the riots, Baltimore’s economic growth has stagnated, homicides have been on the rise, and opioids have wreaked havoc on low-income neighborhoods. In 2019, Baltimore’s homicide rate
Given the shocking realities of its high crime, it’s shocking the city hasn’t even bothered to pass legislation that would help citizens arm themselves against the very real threat of criminals.
It also doesn’t help that the city has embraced many of the wacky criminal justice reforms which empower criminals, while law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of society’s most depraved.
Baltimore is Exhibit A of a failed city.
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