Roland Martin, host and managing editor of “News One Now” sat down for his exclusive interview with Prestige Celebrity Magazine Editor-in-Chief to give his perspective on the many issues that are impacting the African American Communities, Politics, Education, and more. Stay tuned to read his full interview with our Editor-in-Chief in the upcoming issue of Prestige.
J Tara: Mr. Martin, I know you have peered deeply into politics, especially into the actions of the now 45th President of the United States. Just a few weeks ago a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate their ties or collusion between the Trump administration and Russia. Soon after Trump tweeted that this is “the greatest witch hunt of any politicians in American history.” What is your perspective on this continued path of reckless behavior and also with the recent developments we’ve just got in the last couple of days?
Roland: Well, what you’re dealing with here is, you’re dealing with pathological liar. You’re dealing with a President whose words cannot be trusted. An individual who consistently lies; He lied during the campaign, lied during the Presidency, and we have all these conflicting answers. And it’s no shock that he would not be happy with having a Special Prosecutor because that something he can not control.
J Tara: Since his appointment as President of the United States, Trump has been making many decisions without even involving his cabinet, government agencies and following the proper protocol. To me, he’s committed many acts that I think are definitely grounds for impeachment, but that decision has not been implemented. What do you feel it would take to have those orders implemented and carried out? And do you think it would be good for this country?
Roland: Well, I think first of all, you’ve got to consider several things. This is somebody who has been CEO of his own organization who is accustomed to running the process himself; so when you factor that, what that means is he is used to not having to answer to anybody, so that’s one of the reasons why. He has a small group of aides around him, and they make these various decisions, and then he carries it out. If you look at the initial travel ban that took place, his own Department of Homeland Security Chief was not even aware of this order before it was even signed and made public, and that’s what you’re dealing with. And so you’re dealing with somebody who is not used to having to answer to other people. He doesn’t want to answer to other people. That’s simply not his M.O, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s gotten into trouble in so many different instances because he has simply not taken the time to actually talk to people, ask the appropriate questions, and so that’s why you have this White House where it pretty much you know whatever he does goes and they sort of ask questions later.
And first of all, a couple of things, one: he was indeed elected, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. He won the electoral college vote, which is how we choose our system. And this is what we have to contend with, but I do think it’s important that the American people understand is that even though the election is over this does not mean that they somehow have no role in this process. That is simply not the case. Our job is still to hold this administration accountable, to challenge this administration on issues that we disagree with, and I think that’s what I and others will always do. And I think what you’re seeing is American people rise to the occasion. You’re seeing the American people say, “We’re not going to just sit back and allow you to do whatever it is that you want to do, and as if we’re just going to take it and not respond.” I believe it’s important for us to oppose nominees that he has that we believe to be dangerous. If there are nominees who we think are acceptable then that’s fine. The same thing when it comes to his budget. We’re seeing massive cuts that are going to be coming in the way of education, of housing, of critical needs for people while he wants to pursue a massive tax break for the wealthy in this country. It is our job as Americans to shine a light on that and to hold him and others accountable. And let me speak to this accountability issue because it is something that I often talk about: that we have a failure in this country. And there is a failure when it comes to accountability because we are in many ways afraid of that. And we cannot just sit idly by and just let things happen. I tell African Americans all the time “I’m not interested in watching somebody destroy me. I’m going to fight it every possible way that I can.” That really should be the position of all people.
J Tara : I know you’re very outspoken with your opinion on the issues that affect the black communities. Do you ever fear that you know the backlash from some of those that you speak of so freely would jeopardize you professionally or personally?
Roland: No. Simple. Bottom line is you don’t do this job if you are afraid. You don’t do this job if you are fearful. Obviously, there are crazy people out there. There are folks that might want to bring you harm, but if that’s what scares you, if that’s what, again, causes you problems then the bottom line is this is not necessarily the profession then that you want to be in. This is the nature of what we do. This is what we do. And I understand that. You accept the things that come with it, and you try to do the best that you can when going about it. That’s the only way you can be.
Stay tuned to read Roland’s full interview with our Editor-in-Chief in the upcoming issue of Prestige.
Capitol Rioter Screams at Cops Asking Them to Call for Backup to Combat Mob
Not every Trumper at the U.S. Capitol was down with the siege … or at least so it appears based on this one MAGA cap-wearing man’s convo with Capitol Police in the middle of the riot.
Check out this clip that just surfaced from Jan. 6, when the guy approached a group of Capitol Police officers who were standing off to the side … while the mob stormed into the building.
The man’s words here are telling … he asks why the cops are letting this happen, and why they haven’t called for backup — noting this is the U.S. FREAKIN’ CAPITOL THAT’S BEING INVADED, and that these people storming it are “out for blood.”
Anyway, the officers didn’t seem to respond at all, and the man continued his diatribe … telling them that if no extra help was on the way, it means they don’t care about what’s happening to the Capitol.
The whole thing is pretty ironic — a clear Trump supporter right in the thick of the action denouncing the act of breaching the premises. Now, we have no idea what his motives were here, or if he was genuinely separating himself from the illegal activity.
We’ll say this … he does seem to rejoin the mob as the video ends, but we have no way of knowing if he actually went inside the Capitol.
As we first reported, the FBI is investigating a possible Capitol inside job that allowed the siege to take place. And, of course, the Capitol Police Chief resigned too … not to mention multiple suspensions and firings that have taken place since.
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell says Trump provoked deadly Capitol riot
- President Donald Trump and others provoked the swarms of his supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
- “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
- McConnell’s remarks came as he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer work to hash out details on Trump’s impending impeachment trial.
- The remarks also came the day before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as president.
President Donald Trump and others provoked the swarms of his supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.
“The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people,” McConnell said on the Senate floor, which two weeks earlier had been evacuated after the crowd of rioters invaded the building.
The remarks from McConnell, R-Ky., came as he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., worked to hash out details on Trump’s impending impeachment trial. Trump was impeached in the Democrat-led House last week in a 232-197 vote, with 10 Republicans voting in favor of impeachment.
Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.
The GOP leader made the direct link between the Republican president’s rhetoric and the Jan. 6 riot, which left five dead, the day before President-elect Joe Biden was set to be sworn in as the 46th president.
McConnell has rebuffed pressure from Democrats to hold that trial before Trump leaves office, but he has told colleagues that he is undecided on whether Trump should be convicted in the Senate for inciting the riot.
McConnell’s remarks also suggested that other leaders bore responsibility for the attack. A growing chorus of critics have called on some lawmakers, especially GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, to resign after they objected to key states’ electoral results.
McConnell had congratulated Biden on his victory in mid-December, more than a month after the Nov. 3 election.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on McConnell’s latest remarks.
Trump, who exhorted the crowd at a rally outside the White House to “fight like hell” and head to the Capitol to overturn the 2020 election, has insisted that his remarks just before the riot were “totally appropriate.”
In that speech, Trump repeated the incendiary and false claim that he had been robbed of reelection by widespread electoral fraud. He once again vowed that he would never concede to Biden, and he urged his supporters to go to the Capitol to “cheer on” Republican lawmakers who had vowed to object to the results.
“We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong,” Trump also said.
Many of his supporters attending that rally walked directly across the National Mall to the Capitol, where a joint session of Congress had convened to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory. Rioters broke through barricades and lines of law enforcement officers and entered the Capitol, forcing Congress into hiding. Among them was Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the event.
After McConnell’s remarks, Schumer said on the Senate floor that “Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again.”
“Healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability,” Schumer said.
“There will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate, there will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors, and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again,” Schumer said.
Trump, who has acknowledged the coming end to his one term in office without conceding to Biden, has not called his successor, nor has he invited him to the White House before the inauguration.
Pence last week called Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate her and offer his assistance before she is sworn in.
Investigators looking into planning of Capitol riot
Federal authorities are working to determine the level of planning and coordination among insurgents, including members of law enforcement and the military, that carried out the attack last week on the US Capitol, law enforcement officials said.Among the questions federal prosecutors and investigators are pursuing: Was there a plan to capture and hold hostage members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose name was invoked in angry chants by people who stormed a joint session of Congress to try to stop certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. People in military-style gear, some carrying zip-tie restraints, were seen in videos and photos participating in the ransacking of the Capitol, raising the question of whether capturing lawmakers — or even Vice President Mike Pence — was the goal, according to a federal law enforcement official.
Two men carrying plastic restraints during Capitol riot charged by fedsActing US Attorney Michael Sherwin told NPR that “hundreds” of people could be facing charges, from destruction of property to murder, for participating in the insurrection. Sherwin said that there would be some challenges because hundreds of suspects were able to leave the scene.”I don’t want this tyranny of labels saying this was sedition, this was a coup,” Sherwin said.Before the Trump rally on Wednesday, federal and local law enforcement agencies shared raw intelligence showing that some people associated with extremist groups, including some with White supremacist ideologies, were expected to flock to Washington at Trump’s urging, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the intelligence. One official said the regional level intelligence reports were broadly shared, including with the US Capitol Police. But the officials said, none of the intelligence reports suggested any plots to attack the Capitol. Much of the information was so-called open-source reporting, based on social media and extremist sites on the Internet, where discussions among planned rally-goers shared some of Trump’s false claims about a stolen election.close dialog
“It was a lot of noise, like there always is,” said one federal law enforcement official who reviewed intelligence reports from before the Trump rally.More than 20 arrests on federal charges made since Wednesday have largely focused on some of the relatively easy to identify insurrectionists, many of whom proudly posted on social media or even livestreamed their participation, law enforcement officials said.The harder work now is to try to build potential domestic terrorism cases against people who helped engineer the attack, one federal law enforcement official said.In a news conference Friday, a federal prosecutor in Washington told reporters that investigators in some cases are using initial charges to try to arrest people, while they continue to investigate what other possible charges to bring.That includes looking into possible foreign ties for some suspects; one woman arrested asked for a Russian translator during her court hearing last week.”The goal here is to really to identify people and get them at least what we call placeholder charges initially and then we look deeper into how these individuals came here, how much planning was involved, and any actors domestic or foreign,” said Ken Kohl, the acting principal assistant US Attorney in Washington.Amid that effort is an equally urgent one to prepare for more potential violence from groups that are planning to come to Washington before and during the Biden inauguration.The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies are redoubling efforts to try to identify people who could be planning violence.The fact Wednesday’s mob managed to overwhelm an unprepared Capitol Police force has likely emboldened others who may want to try something similar either in Washington, or in states around the country, officials say. That includes foreign terrorist groups that have always had the US Capitol as a top target.