Posts tagged with "Valerie Jarrett"

Valerie Jarrett: Trump’s attacks ‘are intended to silence [people of color] in obedience’

July 30, 2019

On July 29, Valerie Jarrett, who served as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama from 2009 through 2017, blasted President Donald Trump for his repeated racist attacks against political opponents, CNN reported.

Indeed, she said, the president’s provocations and taunts against people of color—among them, “The Squad” of four progressive female House legislators, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), and the Reverend Al Sharpton—”are intended to silence us in obedience.”.

On Friday, July 26, Jarrett joined nearly 150 African-Americans who worked in the Obama administration in writing an op-ed published in The Washington Post to support and defend The Squad—Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts).

Earlier this month, Trump targeted the four women with racist language, telling them “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

All of that, despite the fact that three of the four were born in the United States, and the fourth is a naturalized US citizen.

“What we said in this letter is we’re not going to be sitting idly by. We’re Americans, we’re patriotic, we love our country,” Jarrett said in an interview on CNN with “New Day” co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. “One of the important ways that you demonstrate that love is by speaking up when you see behavior that you think is divisive and destructive to our country, and that’s what we’ve been observing during the course of President Trump’s time in office.”

Over the past few days, Trump continued his attacks against notable people of color by tweeting against both Cummings and Sharpton.

Following a weekend in which he labeled Baltimore, where Cummings lives and which he represents, a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” on Monday, in yet another tweet, the president said, “Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action. So tired of listening to the same old Bull…Next, Reverend Al will show up and complain & Protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need]. Sad!

Jarrett also the noted the correlation between those who criticize the President and those who become targets of his attacks. “It’s this pattern, anyone who speaks up against the president is fair game for this personal criticism and anger, and that’s not what makes our country strong,” Jarrett told CNN.

Research contact: @ValerieJarrett

Say what? The cost of poorly-chosen words

June 11, 2018

The level of discourse in our nation didn’t need to go any lower—but it did in recent weeks, as two female comics with eponymously named TV shows—Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee—spewed racist and vulgar sentiments about other women in the public eye.

Roseanne’s show was cancelled immediately by ABC-TV. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee remains on-air at TBS —and subject to both ratings, as well as sponsors’ opinions. Based on findings of a YouGov poll released on June 8, neither of them has come out unscathed: 55% of Americans say that Roseanne’s comments about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett were offensive, while 43% believe that Samantha’s jab at First Daughter Ivanka Trump was out of line.

The reason for the different amounts of outrage simply may be TV viewership. First, Roseanne had the highest-rated new show of the season—and fully 49% of the poll respondents said they had heard “a lot”  about the comments on her Twitter account, while Jarrett show is lesser-known and just 32% of the American public was immediately aware of her reference to Trump’s favorite child

Second, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee have very different audiences. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to have watched the Roseanne reboot, which was the highest rated new show of the season; fewer Americans watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, but those who do tend to be more Democratic than not.

The two audiences don’t overlap all that much. Most of those who have watched Full Frontal have not watched Rosanne, and vice versa. There are large partisan differences in opinion about the two women, although overall opinion of both is more negative than positive. Democrats have a favorable view of Bee (39% to 13%), while Republicans are overwhelmingly negative (65% to 9%). Conversely, 51% of the country has an unfavorable opinion of Barr, with Democrats even more negative towards her (69% unfavorable to 18% favorable). Republicans in this week’s poll are narrowly favorable toward Barr; although the percentage of Republicans with an unfavorable opinion of her has increased by 14 points since early April, before the controversy.

Large majorities believe both women did the right thing by apologizing, Barr to Jarrett and Bee to Trump. But both apologies are not being taken at face value. More than twice as many people think Bee’s apology was not sincere as say it was; just under twice as many say Barr’s apology lacked sincerity as think it had it. 

Viewers of both shows remain supporters. Nearly six out of ten (58%) Roseanne viewers still would like to tune in to the show; while a full 64% of Samantha Bee’s fans still enjoy Full Frontal.

YouGov points out that the policy issue that Samantha Bee was discussing when she used the vulgar description was an immigration policy that separates children from their parents if they are caught crossing the border illegally. Americans take a hard line on illegal entry to the nation. By 50% to 35%, they approve of jailing all those who cross the border illegally. A majority agrees with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statement: “If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

However,t both Republicans and Democrats would prefer to keep families together, either by releasing them with a date to report back (the Democrats’ preference), or housing families together in a detention center (the GOP choice).

Research contact: kfrankovic@yahoo.com