Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday rubbed many people the wrong way — including members of the Republican Party. Several were turned off by his dark and somber tone. “I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country,” said Trump. “America is far less safe — and the world is far less stable — than when Obama made the decision to put Hillary Clinton in charge of America’s foreign policy.” His speech, which was an hour and 15 minutes long, was the longest acceptance speech in the last four decades. Former President George W. Bush’s communications chief Nicole Wallace believes the Republican Party is officially dead. “The Republican Party that I worked for for two decades died in this room tonight,” said Wallace in a statement. Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, shared the same sentiments. “The party I was part of is dead,” she tweeted. On Thursday, some of Trump’s critics reportedly held a funeral for the GOP at an Irish bar in Washington. Read more.
NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina Due to Bathroom Bill
The NBA is taking a major stand for LGBTQ rights. According to reports, the league will no longer host their 2017 NBA All Star Game in Charlotte due to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2), which prevents individuals who identify as transgender from using the bathroom of their choice. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” said the league in a statement on Thursday. Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in April saying that if North Carolina didn’t alter the law, the festivities would be hosted elsewhere. The Human Rights Campaign, which focuses on LGBTQ civil rights, applauded the NBA for their decision. “Today the NBA and Commissioner Silver sent a clear message that they won’t stand for discrimination against LGBTQ employees, players or fans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement. “Every day that HB2 remains on the books, people across North Carolina are at risk of real harm. We appreciate the leadership of the NBA in standing up for equality and call once again on lawmakers to repeal this vile HB2 law.” Read more.
Poll Shows Whites Believe That Anti-White Bias is a Bigger Issue Than Anti-Black Bias
According to a recent poll, both Black and White Americans believe that race relations in our country have taken a negative turn. The survey, conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, revealed that 72 percent of African-Americans believe race relations have gotten worse, and 63 percent of Whites agreed. Although both races agree that racism in this country has gotten increasingly bad, they perceive the issue differently. Following the incidents in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas, 75 percent of Blacks said that police officers are more likely to use deadly force against African-Americans than Whites; 36 percent of Whites agreed with that statement. The study also showed that Whites believe anti-White bias has become a bigger issue in our country than anti-Black bias. White respondents said that although there was barely any anti-White bias in the 1950s, it has become an issue over the past three decades. Read more.
Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Praises Trump’s Speech
Although several people were turned off by presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, there were some individuals who thought he did a phenomenal job. Ex-KKK member David Duke took to Twitter to praise Trump. “Great Trump Speech, America First! Stop Wars! Defeat the Corrupt elites! Protect our Borders!, Fair Trade! Couldn’t have said it better!,” he posted. Duke’s support of Trump caused issues within the GOP earlier this year. “We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,” tweeted Marco Rubio in February. Read more.
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