The 2015 year will be The New York Times This was taken as an important scoop because Marco Rubio (Republican presidential candidate) and Jeannette Rubio (17 traffic citations each over the 18-year span. (Here are 13 of 17 tags on Mrs. Rubio. Times reporters Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder concluded “If Mr. Rubio is fortunate to make it as far as the White House, there will be many perks that come with the job. Chief among them, however, might be having a driver.”
But on Wednesday night in the Cuomo-is-gone hour, CNN fill-in host Laura Coates was trashing conservative Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for questioning Biden judicial nominee Andre Mathis for not only having traffic tickets – but for repeatedly failing to appear in court for them, and having his driver’s license suspended for months at a time.
A judge who refuses to appear in court? This kind of political glassy chin would be a great candidate for a judge.
But CNN suggests it’s Blackburn who is the outrage here. They were “GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn Under Fire For Controversial Comments About Black Judicial Nominee.” They were furious that Blackburn said Mathis had a “rap sheet.” That was racist.
Blackburn stated the obvious. “In Tennessee,” he said, “We expect our judges in Tennessee to respect and uphold the law. Imagine if Mr. Mathis believed he had mastered the law, how will he behave if confirmed as a federal judge.
Coates dismissed Mathis’ speeding tickets and ran a clip in which Mathis was lamenting that he embarrassed his family. However, “I’m an honor-bound citizen.”
CNN fill-in host Laura Coates, ex-NAACP CEO SLAM Senator Marsha Blackburn made a big deal out of Andre Mathis’ multiple speeding tickets and multiple failures in court. It is shockingly and painfully racist pic.twitter.com/fdYTNLsnBP
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) January 14, 2022
COATES – You should not be ashamed of your actions or feel regret. You don’t have to feel embarrassed about how you handled the situation. Cornell William Brooks is the ex-CEO and President of NAACP. Cornell is the only person I know who can predict your reactions. To be honest, I nearly called you to ask, “Did this just happen?” I was shocked! Unbelievable!
CORNELL BROOKS: Unbelievable It was. It is extremely painful to see, both as an American and an African American and, most importantly, as a Black man. Why? We have the first female senator from Tennessee. humiliating, denigrating, demeaning, a black man,Who has the chance to become the 6th Circuit’s first black member of the U.S. Court of Appeals?
She describes some, a lesser than a handful speeding tickets, as “A Rap Sheet.” You know what Laura? A criminal record is a common problem for one in three Americans. It is also known as a record for arrest. 77 million people. This is the man.
COATES: He’s not one. However, he’s not one.
BROOKS. He’s not. It’s just what you need. This is it. We know from this that the notion of this Invoking “A rapsheet” invokes a dark history of degrading and criminalizing black people. In the context of a judicial nominee hearing, he’s surrounded by his family and is literally humiliated in front of his kids!
Is that a reference to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, or does it sound like something else? Coates ran a clip of Blackburn on Kavanaugh, apparently after he was confirmed: “We have spent enough time and money trashing a good man and his name. He is now on the Supreme Court. Justice Kavanaugh has a reputation for being an upright man. His work on the Supreme Court is an honourable one.”
Coates stated, “But Cornell did he speed?” He did speed once? Because that would render him dishonorable and make him someone, whom I imagine, should be on this court.” Brooks claimed that it was a paradox. It’s also a rank hypocrisy.” He exaggerated then the phrase “rapsheet”: “But, to He was, in essence, a felon.Being nominated for the bench Let’s not be stingy.
Coates claimed Blackburn was able to get out of an “speeding ticket,” issued by the Capitol Police, simply by flashing her congressional badge. CNN attempted to negotiate a settlement last March.
This segment on Brooks and Coates was made possible in part thanks to Constant Contact and Applebee’s.