Ohio is a critical state in every presidential election. A Republican presidential candidate has never won the general election without winning the state of Ohio.
Two reporters from The Guardian, Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone, set out across the country to talk to voters and discover what is driving them to vote in this upcoming presidential election. As a crucial voting state in the election, the two interviewed voters and political figures in Ohio.
Kathy Miller is a campaign chairwoman for the Donald Trump campaign in her home county of Mahoning County. Miller is excellent at embracing the GOP’s racist rhetoric in order to convince Ohio residents that Democrats are evil and responsible for racism. Specifically, it was the first black president who ushered in racism. It never existed before.
Kathy Miller told a reporter for The Guardian that she has never witnessed any racism, not ever, in Mahoning County, Ohio. Racism, somehow, completely missed that county, according to Miller, or at least it has since Miller was a teenager in the 1960s. She never saw or heard of the Civil Rights Movement or segregation. Racism had completely disappeared and was no longer an issue for anyone in her country until the country elected a racist president named Barack Obama.
‘I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this.’
She, of course, went on to blame people of color for all of the issues they face in this country and to dismiss any argument to the contrary by insisting that white people had “given” people of color the same benefits as everyone else.
‘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.’
Miller was asked about voter reaction to her statements, and she remarked that she really doesn’t care. People of color, she explained, only make up a small percentage of the voters and they rarely turn out to vote in her county. They aren’t “raised” to consider voting important.
‘I don’t think that’s part of the way they’re raised. For us, I mean, that was something we all did in our families, we all voted.’
The Guardian did a little research into those statements and discovered that Mahoing County, Ohio’s black population is 16%, which is higher than average, and they had a higher turnout rate than white residents in the county.
See the full episode filmed in Ohio by Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone below. Their interview with Kathy Miller begins at 4:30.
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