For months, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus have been some of the most ardent critics of President Donald Trump. Now, in the wake of Trump’s widely panned response to white-supremacist-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the caucus says it will redouble its efforts to oppose the Trump administration when Congress reconvenes next month after its summer recess.
“This country is having a crisis of leadership” said the caucus’ chair, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), during a CBC leadership press call with reporters on Monday. “This president has proven time and time again that he doesn’t have the maturity or the temperament to govern in a common-sense manner.”
Richmond argued that current discussions of Confederate monuments should not distract from the fact that policies pursued in recent months by the Trump administration have had a devastating impact on people of color. Other members of the caucus leadership shared these concerns, pointing to specific issues, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ push to revitalize the war on drugs, the administration’s failure to meet its promise to support historically black colleges and universities, and the president’s election integrity commission—which has fueled fears that the administration will further voter suppression efforts—as actions reflecting the administration’s lack of interest in, and even hostility toward, helping minorities. (Mother Jones)