By Chuck Muth
Remember when Donald Trump called white supremacists “very fine people”? Of course not. Because it didn’t happen. The left and the fake news media — but I repeat myself — took the president’s comments about the Charlottesville protest a couple years ago out of context and made it seem like he said something he didn’t. It’s what they do.
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore can relate. In remarks delivered on Saturday at the Clark County Republican Party convention, Fiore exercised her First Amendment right to voice opposition to affirmative action; whereby a black person is given preferential treatment in hiring or school admission based solely on race, not qualifications.
Not exactly a controversial position. The GOP has long been opposed to race-based preferences and quotas. Democrats, on the other hand, love it.
For example, recall how Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s original DETR director — a black woman — was appointed to run the state’s unemployment system despite having absolutely no qualifications or experience to do so, let alone possessing the BEST qualifications. And how’d that work out for us?
Now, I wasn’t at the convention. So I don’t know exactly what Ms. Fiore said or how she said it. But knowing her as I do, I can imagine she didn’t phrase her comments delicately. She just gives it to you straight, including using the word “ass.” (gasp!)
And while I’ve heard numerous rumors that a recording of her remarks exists, no one has yet to produce one so all of us can see and/or hear exactly what was said and in what context for ourselves.
Nevertheless, the chairman of the Clark County GOP, David Sajdak, issued a public statement yesterday — that the media ate up — rebuking Fiore for her supposed “racially charged comments” that, Sajdak wrote, were “clearly inappropriate,” as well as “irresponsible, insensitive and inaccurate.”
Pretty inflammatory stuff! So what exactly did the councilwoman say? Sajdak didn’t say. He doesn’t know. He didn’t hear it himself. He issued his stinging “rebuke” on the say-so of others. Lovely.
I mean, this would be like accusing Mr. Sadjak of, say, being charged with soliciting prostitution without proof.
Oh, wait. There IS documentation of that. According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal story from 2018…
“Metropolitan Police Department documents obtained by the Review-Journal show Sajdak was cited after police said he offered a woman $1,100 for sex on West Flamingo Road about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 9, 2006. The woman was an undercover Metro detective.”
Sadjak claims he was “wrongly charged” and the case was “politically motivated.” And his account of what happened was radically different from what the arresting officer says happened…
“This person solicited me, and I told her ‘no’ 27 times, and she followed me around. She kept following me down side streets and rolled down the windows. She wouldn’t leave me alone. I was actually nervous.”
How can two people at the exact same event with FIRST-HAND knowledge have such diametrically opposed versions of what took place and what was said?
And how can someone with this he said/she said experience in his background nevertheless “rebuke” Councilwoman Fiore based on SECOND-HAND reports?
To give you a further idea of how just disparate the accounts of Fiore’s speech are, I’ve had multiple people tell me Fore’s remarks elicited loud applause, darned near a standing ovation, while Sajdak’s chief-of-stuff, Richard MacLean, claimed to the press that “you could hear a pin drop.”
It can’t be both. In addition, MacLean also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he received more than a hundred calls complaining about Fiore’s speech, including from “GOP lawmakers who were not” there.
Yes, by all means let’s burn Fiore in effigy on the say-so of unidentified GOP lawmakers (RINOs?) who weren’t even in the room.
Naturally, and on cue, the left and the fake news media — but again, I repeat myself — pounced. Liberal blogger Jon Ralston – a Fiore-hater from wayback – called Fiore’s remarks “racist” with, like Sajdak, nothing more than hearsay to back the accusation up.
But even goofball Ralston, in a grammatically-tortured way, was forced to admit: “It is odd for a press release to be sent without specifying what she was about blacks and affirmative action.”
He added that “only second-hand accounts of what she actually said have been published or posted on social.”
Yes, by all means, let’s crucify Councilwoman Fiore based on second-hand accounts that don’t specify what she supposedly said. Lovely.
It should be noted that Fiore has plenty of enemies within the GOP — many who could accurately be described as “Romney Republicans.” And she’s up for re-election to her post as Nevada’s Republican National Committeewoman this weekend.
But politics couldn’t possibly have anything to do with this Fiore fury, could it?
You’d think the responsible thing to do if you’re going to rebuke someone for something she supposedly said would be to at least tell everyone exactly what, you know, she said. But apparently that’s not how Chairman Sajdak rolls.
Shoot first; ask questions later.
Knowing how President Trump has been the victim of these kinds of “gotcha” accusations for the last four years, I’m not prepared to call Councilwoman Fiore a “racist” on the second-hand hearsay say-so of David Sajdak and Jon Ralston.
For those claiming to have a recording, produce it. Let’s all hear for ourselves exactly what she said, how she said it and in what context.
THEN we’ll decide if Ms. Fiore should be subjected to this media lynching.
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Chuck Muth is president of CitizenOutreach.org and publisher of NevadaNewsandViews.com. He blogs at MuthsTruths.com. His views are his own.