WASHINGTON – The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of its volunteer chair in a blue-collar Ohio county after the woman made a series of remarks disparaging blacks.
Mahoning County volunteer Kathy Miller told The Guardian newspaper in an article and video posted Thursday that she didn’t believe there was “any racism until (President Barack) Obama got elected.”
She also described the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time” and said blacks who haven’t succeeded have only themselves to blame.
The Huffington Post reported: “Miller’s resignation came hours after The Guardian published an interview in which she blamed low voter turnout among African-Americans on the way “they’re raised” and stressed that blacks have only themselves to blame if they haven’t been successful ‘in the last 50 years.’ ”
Trump Ohio director Bob Paduchik says Miller has resigned. He called the remarks inappropriate and said volunteers don’t speak for the campaign.
“My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize,” Mahoning County chair Kathy Miller said in a statement. “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,” Miller said in a statement after her resignation, according to the Huffington Post.
In an interview with the Post, Miller defended her stance.
But in an interview with The Huffington Post, Miller defended the central tenet of her argument, even challenging a reporter to name specific ways in which blacks have been discriminated against.
“In the last 30 years before Obama, what has happened that has been racism?” she asked. “What has changed is we are more fragmented than we were before. And the comment about Black Lives Matter – what is wrong with ‘all lives matter’? To focus in on a narrow point of view has got people going in different directions. When someone calls me to buy a house, I don’t ask what their nationality is. I don’t do that. That’s not what I do.”
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