I really, really want to award the Idiot of the Week to this lady! Unfortunately, she does not meet all the criteria for the award, but that does not mean she isn’t an idiot … simply that she isn’t enough of a public figure for the Idiot of the Week. Nonetheless, she is the target of my scorn and derision today, and I believe you will agree in just a minute.
The subject of today’s scorn and derision is an Ohio woman named Kathy Miller. Ms. Miller is the Mahoning County chair for Donald Trump’s campaign. Wouldn’t you know that she is a trumpeter? What did she do? She made the following statement:
“I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this … Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”
WHAT???? Where has this woman been keeping her brain for the last 50 years or so?
But wait … there’s more … she went on to say:
“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity; it was given to you. You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”
WHAT???? This woman is not just a racist … she is a racist extraordinaire, a first degree, get-your-head-out-of-your-butt racist! Her comments qualify as the stupidest thing I have ever heard come out of a person’s mouth!
Miller also called the Black Lives Matter movement “a stupid waste of time” and said lower voter turnout among African Americans could be related to “the way they’re raised”. Oh please tell me this woman has never reproduced!
Ms. Miller is a real estate broker … to those of you who might live in Mahoning County, Ohio … beware of buying a house from this person! Miller also dismissed the racial tensions of the 1960s, when she said she graduated from high school (though I have my doubts): “Growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me. We were just all kids going to school.” Asked about segregation and the civil rights movement, she replied: “I never experienced it. I never saw that as anything.” Of course she didn’t … her head was stuck in her butt!
Ms. Miller’s remarks came this morning (Thursday, 22 September) when she was being interviewed by The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper and online media source, as a part of their “Anywhere But Washington” series. The U.S. has become the laughingstock of the planet in the past year, as the Trump campaign has derailed the legitimacy of U.S. politics, and now this! I cannot wait to hear the comments from my friends on the other side of the pond!
On a positive note, apparently somebody had the good sense to realize the toxicity of Miller’s remarks and within hours of the interview, Ms. Miller was asked for her resignation. She also issued an apology:
“My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize. I am not a spokesperson for the campaign and was not speaking on its behalf. I have resigned as the volunteer campaign chair in Mahoning County and as an elector to the electoral college to avoid any unnecessary distractions.”
Note that she does not apologize for what she said, only for the fact that she said it on behalf of the campaign, which might possibly have coloured the nation’s view of Mr. Trump. Not only that, but in a later interview, she offered excuses and blame, as is the trumpian way:
“Maybe my guard wasn’t up that this was going to be a little bit of a hit piece. I think they always take things out of context… I think the one comment about was voting. When I was in school, civics was very important. I don’t think it’s taught like it is like it was in my age group.”
I have changed my mind. Despite having no real public persona, despite no other public “stupid-isms”, I am nonetheless going to break my own rules and present to Ms. Kathy Miller my cherished and coveted Idiot of the Week award! Congratulations, Ms. Miller … enjoy your award and PLEASE … I beg of you … never cross my radar again!