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By Lauren Victoria Burke,
NNPA Newswire Contributor
In yet another social media moment invoking race in America, President Donald Trump retweeted a video of a supporter heard yelling, “White power!”
The tweet displayed a video of a parade of supporters of the President riding golf carts through a retirement community in Florida called “The Villages.” Detractors of the president’s were seen on a sidewalk holding signs with both groups shouting at each other.
The social media incident was yet another example of the President retweeting dubious messages from his twitter account. The tweet regarding “The Villages” was later deleted after Black Republican Senator Tim Scott expressed dismay. The Republican from South Carolina also called the video a “terrible display.”
“He should take it down — there isn’t much to be said,” Sen. Scott said during a June 28 interview on “Face the Nation.” Later, on CNN, he called the tweet “indefensible” and said it should be taken down.
On July 29, 2019, Trump wrote on twitter that certain Democratic congresswomen should just “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Trump’s remarks were targeted to four women members of Congress all of whom were minorities.
Trump launched his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech saying disparaging things about Mexican immigrants.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said as he launched his presidential campaign in New York. He would later refuse to denounce David Duke and his supporters during the campaign.
Trump claimed a judge with “Mexican heritage” should be disqualified from deciding cases against him. Trump has also retweeted false statistics claiming that African Americans are responsible for the majority of murders of white Americans. Trump appears to believe that he can appeal to the base of the Republican Party and motivate them to vote for him based on racial division.
President Trump’s messaging arrives at a time when many in America are focused on racial justice after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer on Memorial Day.
Major American companies are releasing various messages of concern regarding racial justice. On June 26, the Mississippi legislature is now considering removing the confederate battle flag from the state flag.
Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist for NNPA and the host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is also a political strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at [email protected] and on twitter at @LVBurke
President Trump tweets out White power
message, Senator Tim Scott expresses dismay
LANSING, MICH. - New choices are now available to Michigan drivers under Michigan’s historic bipartisan auto insurance reform law, which Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law in 2019 and goes into effect July 2.
“Choice is finally here for Michigan drivers,” said Governor Whitmer. “I’m proud that drivers will now have auto insurance options to better fit their insurance needs and budgets.”
In May 2019, Governor Whitmer signed auto no-fault legislation to lower costs for Michigan drivers, maintain the highest coverage options in the country, and strengthen consumer protections. These changes apply to auto insurance policies issued or renewed beginning today. The new law:
•Offers drivers new choices on the amount of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) medical coverage they purchase. •Mandates statewide average savings for PIP medical premiums for 8 years. •Establishes new consumer protections, including prohibiting insurers from using certain non-driving factors when setting auto insurance rates. •Allows uninsured drivers to get coverage without penalty for the next 18 months.
“For decades, Detroit drivers have been forced to pay the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation, but that changes today,” said Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II. “This new law guarantees average statewide savings for drivers and adds protections against discrimination, which is why all Michiganders should review the options available to them before making the important decision of choosing their auto insurance coverages.”
“Michigan has a competitive auto insurance market with more than 100 companies writing policies, so consumers may benefit by getting multiple quotes before renewing or selecting a new policy,” said Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox. “DIFS is available to support consumers who have questions, concerns or complaints about their auto insurance. Drivers should also be aware that if they do not wish to wait for their renewal date on their existing policy to make changes to their coverage, they can contact an insurance agent or company to learn about the options available to them.”
Educational resources, sample forms, instructional videos and a schedule of virtual town hall events are available for drivers to learn more about the new law at Michigan.gov/autoinsurance. In addition, DIFS continues to operate its dedicated, no-fault hotline with calls being answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can call 833-ASK-DIFS (275-3437) or email [email protected] for assistance.
Michigan’s new auto insurance law goes into
effect, consumers encouraged to shop around