Ross: Could this be another bipartisan breakthrough?
I figured that if there was going to be any pushback against yesterday’s verdict I’d find it on Fox, so I clicked over to Fox, and heard this:
“Well, in terms of a verdict, I mean, listen, I can say as a former prosecutor that I trust juries. And I trust that the jury here did its job, I think it’s an instance where you see the criminal justice system at work.”
That is Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, famous for being the first senator to announce he would try to block Joe Biden’s election. Which is to say, he’s pretty conservative. But he was fine with the verdict.
“This is clearly the criminal justice system being able to work and I hope we’re able to let that go forward,” Hawley said.
But where he did push back was on the corporations that have endorsed the Black Lives Matter protests. That’s what got my attention.
“These corporations are delighted to give some money to BLM, to say that they are woke, to say that they believe in racial justice, but what have they been doing for the last 20, 30, 40 years?” Hawley asked. “They’ve been shipping jobs overseas, they’ve been hollowing out the urban core, they’ve been taking away good-paying American jobs for Americans of all races and backgrounds and they want us to look the other way while they continue to pursue those policies that have devastated whole communities, including in the urban core, and pretend that they are socially just. It’s a shell game and it’s time we called them on it.”
Here is a super-conservative Republican passionate about holding corporations responsible for what they have done to minority communities. So I immediately thought, the president is hot to get Senate approval for his huge Fix-Up-America bill, which would create all sorts of American jobs for minorities. To pay for it, he wants to raise the corporate income tax.
Well here is a Republican senator, who is to the right of Mitch McConnell, looking to call out corporations for their hypocrisy! What better way than to tax them? Senator, call the president. You may each be walking in opposite directions, but by some miracle you have landed on the same page.
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