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Today Clinton Has Some BLM Questions To Answer About Tim Kaine's Richmond Record

- October 21, 2016

Clinton Will Be Meeting With Black Lives Matter Representatives Later Today

Today, Clinton Will Be Meeting With Representatives Of Black Lives Matter In Cleveland. "Clinton will meet with Black Lives Matter activists - including @deray - today in Cleveland, per a Clinton aide." (Dan Merica, Twitter.com, 10/21/16)

QUESTION# 1: DOES CLINTON SUPPORT PROJECT EXILE, A POLICY HER RUNNING MATE CHAMPIONED IN RICHMOND?

Three Days Ago Tim Kaine Mentioned The Gun Crime Issue That Faced Richmond When He Was Mayor, But Does Not Mention How He Addressed It

Yesterday, Tim Kaine Mentioned That He Cut Gun Violence "By A Lot" But Does Not Mention The Strategy He Embraced To Do That. "This is really personal to me. I was a city councilman and a mayor of Richmond we had the second highest homicide rate in the United States when I got elected and we had to really listen to our neighborhood especially our minority neighborhoods, that were most victimized to figure out what were the strategies to cut gun violence by a lot." (Tim Kaine Remarks In Detroit Michigan, 10/18/16)

Throughout The 2016 Campaign Cycle, Tim Kaine Has Bragged About The Reduction Of Crime In Richmond While He Was Mayor

In The Vice Presidential Debate Tim Kaine Asserted That "We Fought Very, Very Hard" To Lower Crime. "I was a city councilman and mayor in Richmond. And when I came in, we had one of the highest homicide rates in the United States. We fought very, very hard over the course of my time in local office with our police department, and we reduced our homicide rate nearly in half." (Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice Presidential Debate, Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 10/4/16)

In An October 12th 2016 Radio Interview Kaine Touted His Mayoral Record And The Reduction Of Crime In Richmond. TIM KAINE: "Well I was Mayor of Richmond, we're 60 percent minority overwhelmingly African American and when I got elected to the city council we had the second highest homicide rate in the United States and the neighborhoods that were particularly effected were minority neighborhoods and so I worked in eight years in local office to dramatically cut crime and cut homicide and here's what I learned the way you make your community safer is building stronger bonds between the police and the community. We had a strategy called community policing where we really tried with a lot of training and a lot of effort to make communities especially communities of color feel very connected and and tight with police and vice versa and when you do that you make your you make your cities safer. When there's a gulf between the police and the community its more dangerous for community members, its more dangerous for police. So Hillary and I…" (Tim Kaine Radio Interview, Nolimit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse , 10/12/16)

  • In The Course Of The Interview Kaine Also Attempted To Pander To Younger African American Demographic Of The Radio Show Calling Himself "Lil' Kaine." RADIO HOST #1: "Mr. Tim Kaine is on the phone, how are you doing Senator Kaine!?" TIM KAINE: "Hey Larry and Jessica, I'm doing great, they call me lil' Kaine not lil' Wayne" RADIO HOST #2: "(laughter) what's up lil' Kaine?" RADIO HOST #3: "(continued laughter) lil' Kaine on the phone with us." (Tim Kaine Radio Interview, Nolimit Larry & The Morning Maddhouse , 10/12/16)

Kaine's Success At Reducing Crime May Be Why Clinton Says That She Wants Him To Lead On Issues Confronting Cities Across The Nation

In An Interview With People's Magazine Today, Clinton Heaped Praise On Tim Kaine's Mayoral Record And Asserted That He Would Play A Leading Role As VP In Solving The Problems Confronting Cities Across The Nation. CLINTON: "Oh my gosh, well we've begun that conversation because you know Tim has broad experience and among many things he did so much to revitalize Richmond a city that is not the same before he got involved on the city council and mayor. We've got work to do in a lot of our cities and I'm going to want him helping to give direction to that." (Tierney Mcafee And Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, "Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Break Down Their #RelationshipGoals: 'She's the Boss,' He Says," People Magazine, 9/21/16)

Kaine Doesn't Mention That The Primary Reason Crime Fell Under His Tenure Was Because He Was One Of The Earliest Supporters Of Project Exile As Mayor

As Mayor Of Richmond, Tim Kaine Was An Outspoken Advocate Of Project Exile. "As Richmond mayor from 1998 to 2001, Kaine, 58, was a vocal supporter of Project Exile, crediting it with reducing the city's murder rate." (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

  • Kaine And His Advisors Believed Richmond's Crime Wave Could Only Be Combatted By Draconian Tactics. "Officials who were in Richmond during Kaine's mayoral tenure believe the community, ravaged by the crack-cocaine epidemic and an escalating murder rate, had to take dramatic steps." (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

Project Exile Made Illegal Gun Possession A Federal Crime And Sent Offenders To Far Away Federal Penitentiaries For Extended Prison Sentences. "Its goal was to literally live up to its name by making illegal gun possession a federal, not a state, crime, which allowed prosecutors to send convicted felons, most of them black, to a distant federal penitentiary for at least five years." (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

As Result Of Project Exile There Was A 32 Percent Drop In The Murder Rate In Richmond. "And according to what Johnson and many other local leaders were reading at the time, Exile worked: In Richmond, its introduction was followed by a 32 percent drop in murders. The press lauded it. So did the NRA and, more quietly, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Major national political figures said it was a success story worth copying." (Carl Bialik, "In The Shadow Of Exile," FiveThirtyEight, Accessed 9/28/16)

As Senator, Kaine Stood By Project Exile And Insisted It Reduced Gun Violence In Richmond. "Amy Dudley, a spokeswoman in Kaine's Senate office, said the senator stood by the program, believing that it reduced gun violence." (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

Kaine Is Accompanied By Donald Trump, The NRA, And Police In His Support Of Project Exile

Richmond's Police Chief Has Raised The Possibility Of Reintroducing Project Exile In The City. "At a news conference in December, Richmond's police chief raised the possibility of reintroducing the program." (Carl Bialik, "In The Shadow Of Exile," FiveThirtyEight, Accessed 9/28/16)

Donald Trump Has Called Project Exile, "Tremendous." "Kaine's backing of Project Exile also makes him odd bedfellows with Trump, who has made law and order a central theme of his candidacy. Trump has called for the program's revival and his campaign website said it was 'tremendous.'" (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

The NRA And The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence Both Came Out In Favor Of Project Exile. "And according to what Johnson and many other local leaders were reading at the time, Exile worked: In Richmond, its introduction was followed by a 32 percent drop in murders. The press lauded it. So did the NRA and, more quietly, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Major national political figures said it was a success story worth copying." (Carl Bialik, "In The Shadow Of Exile," FiveThirtyEight, Accessed 9/28/16)

The ACLU, Defense Attorneys, Liberal Activists, And Bobby Scott Have Come Out Opposed To Project Exile

The ACLU Has Condemned Project Exile For Racial Discrimination . "Concerns about racial disparities plagued the program. In 1999, the American Civil Liberties Union argued against a proposal to recreate Project Exile in every U.S. attorney's office across the country. The ACLU noted the initiative had come under fire for clogging federal courts, and that federal prosecutors used Project Exile to skew the jury pool and keep African-Americans from serving on juries. (A federal jury pool would likely be much whiter than one drawn from the Richmond area, for example.) It also targeted communities of color and encouraged people to turn in their neighbors, the group said." (Dana Liebelson, "Donald Trump Wants To Remind White People That Gun Violence Is A Black Problem," The Huffington Post, 3/31/16)

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Condemned Project Exile At Its Inception. "Initially, some gun rights groups opposed Project Exile, as did Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Some black leaders condemned the program as racist, saying its focus on inner cities disproportionately incarcerates blacks." (Joanne Kimberlin, "Project Exile Flexes Federal Muscle At Gun Crime," The Virginian-Pilot , 3/4/08)

  • The Vice President Of Families Against Mandatory Minimums Recently Asserted That Kaine Has To Demonstrate That He Has Evolved On Project Exile. "Kevin Ring, vice president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a Washington advocacy group lobbying against federal sentencing minimums, said that Kaine, like Clinton, will have to demonstrate to black voters that he has 'evolved' on the issue." (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

Nicole Lee, A Civil-Rights Lawyer And Activist In Washington Denounced Project Exile Asserting That " Project Exile Broke Black Families." "Nicole Lee, a civil-rights lawyer and activist in Washington, D.C. who is African-American, also expressed concern. 'Project Exile broke black families,' she said. 'This is not a benign thing to be for. These measures were not used against white kids in the suburbs with guns, they were used against black kids in the cities.'" (James Oliphant, "Kaine's Crime-Busting Past May Hurt Clinton's Outreach To Blacks," Reuters, 7/22/16)

Tim Kaine's Likely Successor If Elected As Clinton's VP, Bobby Scott, Openly Condemned Project Exile When Kaine Was Mayor. "But in addition to the fact that it has ineffective mandatory minimums and the fact that it federalizes local crime, there's one thing that people have tended to overlook and that is, it's no evidence that Project Exile has even worked. They have claimed that crime has been down over the pass few years, 39 percent in the city of Richmond, because of Project Exile. Well, it's also down 43 percent in Norfolk, 58 percent in Virginia Beach and 81 percent in Chesapeake that did not have Project Exile." ("U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) Holds News Conference On Gun Control Policy," U.S. House Of Representatives, 4/11/00)

Project Exile And Stop And Frisk Are Both Seen As Liabilities Tying Democrats To Tough On Crime Legislation That Augmented America's Mass Incarceration Crisis

Kaine's Project Exile And Michael Bloomberg's Stop And Frisk Have Been Seen As Two Of The Democratic Party's Major Ties To Mass Incarceration In America. "Democrats are also trying to escape that era's state and local crime laws, which most impacted the lives of Americans. Even for these legislative measures, Democratic leaders acted in concert with their federal counterparts to create a system that increasingly treated imprisonment and aggressive policing as panaceas. Many of those officials were also on center stage during the convention. Kaine himself was a vocal advocate for Project Exile when he was mayor of Richmond. That program, which was initiated the year before Kaine took office in 1998, automatically sent all gun offenders in the city into federal court, where five-year mandatory-minimum sentences-set by the Violent Crime Bill-applied. Predictably, it openly targeted black neighborhoods and, despite controversy around its methods, has become a template for similar policies in other cities and states. Other local leaders from cities that are currently loci of Black Lives Matter protests were front and center at the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday night's speaker Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, is not a Democrat, but his endorsement of broken-windows policing and stop-and-frisk policies in a liberal city has been a model for several other municipalities. Democratic National Committee secretary and emergency-gavel-person Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is also the mayor of Baltimore, a city shaken by the news that all charges against police officers would be dropped in the Freddie Gray case just before the third day of the convention started in earnest." (Vann R. Newkirk II, "Why The Democratic Party Can't Escape Mass Incarceration," The Atlantic, 7/29/16)

  • Kaine And Bloomberg's Mayoral Records Were Specifically Referenced In An Atlantic Article Titled, "Why The Democratic Party Can't Escape Mass Incarceration." (Vann R. Newkirk II, "Why The Democratic Party Can't Escape Mass Incarceration," The Atlantic, 7/29/16)

QUESTION #2: DOES CLINTON AGREE WITH KAINE'S DECISION TO VIOLATE THE 1ST AMENDMENT BY TARGETING THE NATION OF ISLAM?

As A Member Of The City Council, Kaine Targeted The Nation Of Islam And Sponsored Legislation That Some Considered Discriminatory

When Kaine Was On The Richmond City Council In 1997 He Supported A Solicitation Ordinance That Was Aimed At Shutting Down The Distribution Of The Nation Of Islam's Newspaper Publication. "The ordinance comes 11 years after Richmond City Council banned solicitation from medians, amid opposition by the bow-tied Nation of Islam members who hawked The Final Call newspaper." (Michael Paul Williams, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/14/08)

  • Kaine Sponsored The Ordinance. "More contentious was Mr. Kaine's sponsorship of an ordinance to prevent the Nation of Islam from selling Final Call newspapers from a downtown median strip. He framed the issue as a matter of public safety, and his bill allowed vendors to continue selling papers on the sidewalk, but some African-Americans saw the ordinance as discriminatory." (Jonathan Mahler, "Tim Kaine Recalled For Commitment To Richmond's African-Americans," The New York Times, 7/31/16)

Members Of The African American Community In Richmond Saw The Ordinance As Discriminatory. "More contentious was Mr. Kaine's sponsorship of an ordinance to prevent the Nation of Islam from selling Final Call newspapers from a downtown median strip. He framed the issue as a matter of public safety, and his bill allowed vendors to continue selling papers on the sidewalk, but some African-Americans saw the ordinance as discriminatory." (Jonathan Mahler, "Tim Kaine Recalled For Commitment To Richmond's African-Americans," The New York Times, 7/31/16)

Rudy McCullum Jr., The Man Who Would Become Mayor Of Richmond After Kaine, Asserted That The Ordinance Unreasonably Singled Out The Nation Of Islam And As A Result Voted Against The Ordinance. "'To me, it looked like it was singling them out,' recalled Rudy McCollum Jr., a City Council member who voted against the bill, which passed 7 to 2." (Jonathan Mahler, "Tim Kaine Recalled For Commitment To Richmond's African-Americans," The New York Times, 7/31/16)

The Ordinance Has Since Been Denounced As Unconstitutional And Antithetical To The Principles Of The Founders

Ray Mcallister, A Columnist For The Richmond Times Dispatch, Denounced The Ordinance And Wryly Asserted That It Was A Good Thing The Council Wasn't Around In 1776 When Thomas Paine Was Selling 'Common Sense.' "As columnist Ray McAllister wrote at the time, it's a good thing the council wasn't around in 1776 when Thomas Paine was selling 'Common Sense.'" (Michael Paul Williams, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/14/08)

Another Columnist For The Richmond Times Dispatch Asserted That Similar Legislation "Not Only Erodes Free Speech But The Threads That Connect Us." "You may consider newspaper hawkers a vestige of a bygone era before information junkies bypassed the streets or the middleman to get their news fix online. But clearing the median of vendors, grassroots activists, teen fundraisers, the religious and the downtrodden not only erodes free speech but the threads that connect us.'" (Michael Paul Williams, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/14/08)

The Legal Director Of The ACLU Said That The ACLU Considered Legislation Like The One Kaine Sponsored To Be A Violation Of The First Amendment. "Rebecca Glenberg, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said the organization generally opposes median solicitation bans." (Michael Paul Williams, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/14/08)

When Henrico, VA Pushed Almost Identical Legislation 11 Year Later The Richmond Times Dispatch Released An Article Titled, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment." (Michael Paul Williams, "Henrico Ban Defies First Amendment," Richmond Times Dispatch, 8/14/08)

QUESTION #3: DOES HILLARY CLINTON AGREE WITH KAINE'S DECISION TO SIDE WITH DAVID DUKE OVER THE VIRGINIA NAACP WHEN IT CAME TO A CONTROVERSIAL MURAL OF ROBERT E. LEE?

Kaine Was Condemned By Leaders Of The African American Community In Richmond For His Stance On The Controversial Mural

While Mayor Of Richmond, Kaine Supported The Installation Of A Controversial Mural Of Robert E Lee. "Controversy had exploded when an image of Lee in his Confederate uniform was installed as the city dedicated a new River Walk. That image was removed at the request of a black council member, but a citizen panel then recommended returning a different picture of Lee, out of uniform and standing outside his home after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Kaine supported the panel's recommendation - and later pushed to replace the image after it was destroyed by vandals on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2000." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "Leading Richmond, Kaine took nuanced approach on race," The Washington Post, 8/2/16)

  • Kaine Also Supported Replacing The Mural After It Was Destroyed By Vandals On Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Kaine supported the panel's recommendation - and later pushed to replace the image after it was destroyed by vandals on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2000." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "Leading Richmond, Kaine took nuanced approach on race," The Washington Post, 8/2/16)

Kaine Was Joined By David Duke In Supporting The Lee Mural. "But his position also put him on the side of a dwindling but still vocal group of activists who revere Confederate symbols and have fought their removal elsewhere in Richmond. Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke came to Richmond to show support for the mural." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "Leading Richmond, Kaine took nuanced approach on race," The Washington Post, 8/2/16)

Kaine Was Urged By Henry 'Chuck' Richardson, A Black Member Of The City Council To Fight The Mural To No Avail. "'I had urged [Kaine] to do a little more,' said former Richmond council member Henry 'Chuck' Richardson. 'I told him as a white individual, he should lead his people, and understand [the painting] would be insulting.'" (Rosalind S. Helderman, "Leading Richmond, Kaine took nuanced approach on race," The Washington Post, 8/2/16)

Sa'ad El-Amin, A Black City Council Member Condemned The Lee Mural And Asserted That It Was Offensive To The African American Community In Richmond. "Sa'ad El-Amin, the black City Council member whose objection led to the removal of the first Lee portrait last month, now wants all of the images taken down. He has proposed an ordinance to accomplish that, and a vote is expected after a July 26 public hearing. 'If I felt like Richmonders can't have a meaningful discussion on the city's history, I would support that,' Mayor Tim Kaine said. 'But I'm not as pessimistic as Sa'ad is. Response to the revised murals has been overwhelmingly positive.' The foundation removed the Lee portrait after El-Amin said it was offensive to blacks. He threatened to organize a boycott of the Canal Walk's June 4 grand opening." (Larry O'Dell, "Panel Endorses Revised Floodwall Gallery," The Associated Press, 7/15/99)

Salim Khalfani, The Executive Director Of The NAACP In Virginia, Condemned The Use Of " Tax Dollars For Our Disrespect." "'We have enough statues, school names, Confederate museums, enough stuff for the Confederacy. What we are saying is don't be using our tax dollars for our disrespect,' said Salim Khalfani, executive director of the NAACP in Virginia." (Bob Lewis, "Race Issues Still Smolder In Ex-Confederate Capital; Richmond Split Over Civil War Symbols," The Associated Press, 7/23/00)


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