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Sat May 6, 2017, 02:34 AM

Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional

President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he may not implement a 25-year-old federal program that helps historically black colleges finance construction projects on their campuses, suggesting that it may run afoul of the Constitution.

In a signing statement on the $1.1 trillion omnibus government spending bill, Trump singled out the Historically Black College and University Capital Financing Program as an example of provisions in the funding bill “that allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender.”


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Trump’s statement also suggests concern about programs listed under the “School Improvement Programs” section of the budget. Those include a wide range of education-related programs, such as after-school initiatives and programs that support Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native education.

Advocates for HBCUs and a legal expert said they were confused by the reference to the HBCU financing program.

Cheryl Smith, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs at the United Negro College Fund, also known as UNCF, which advocates for private HBCUs, said in a statement that the organization is “puzzled by this provision and seeking clarification from the White House as to its meaning.”


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“The administration is basically putting us on notice that they think there might be a problem, and therefore they might have to exercise judgement in these programs,” he said.

He also said it was unusual that the statement referenced only “race, ethnicity and gender.”

“Why stop here?” he asked. “If you’re worried about the allocation of benefits in unfair ways, why not add other things like religion or disability?”


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-historically-black-colleges-financing-unconstitutional-238061

If I said I'm surprised I'd be lying.



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Reply Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional (Original post)
JHan May 2017 OP
Cha May 2017 #1
JHan May 2017 #2
Cha May 2017 #3
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #4
BainsBane May 2017 #9
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #10
BHDem53 May 2017 #11
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #18
brush May 2017 #33
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #35
brush May 2017 #37
Rhiannon12866 May 2017 #42
Eugene May 2017 #5
JHan May 2017 #13
Butterflylady May 2017 #21
malaise May 2017 #41
Initech May 2017 #6
JHan May 2017 #16
TexasTowelie May 2017 #7
JHan May 2017 #14
Cattledog May 2017 #28
smirkymonkey May 2017 #22
BainsBane May 2017 #8
JHan May 2017 #15
BainsBane May 2017 #17
C Moon May 2017 #12
WinkyDink May 2017 #19
Tanuki May 2017 #20
oasis May 2017 #23
JHan May 2017 #36
Princess Turandot May 2017 #24
Vinca May 2017 #25
no_hypocrisy May 2017 #26
ladjf May 2017 #27
Solly Mack May 2017 #29
dalton99a May 2017 #30
rogue emissary May 2017 #31
dalton99a May 2017 #34
JTFrog May 2017 #32
ismnotwasm May 2017 #38
Afromania May 2017 #39
JHan May 2017 #40
Takket May 2017 #43

Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:39 AM

1. It's just one damn nightmare after another..

Hopefully in 2018 and 2020.. many more people will get out to vote and we can turn this around.

Mahalo for shining the Light, JH

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:45 AM

2. it's a tsunami of a shit show

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Response to JHan (Reply #2)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:59 AM

3. Yeah, that's a more apt

way to describe it.

But, it can't stand

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:15 AM

4. Good grief!

Since when has he read the Constitution, anyway??

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:48 AM

9. You beat me to it.

Never is the answer.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #9)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:52 AM

10. There has to be some kind of rule somewhere that says he has to have read it

Before he can swear to uphold it.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:02 AM

11. He's waiting for the

pop-up book version to come out.

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Response to BHDem53 (Reply #11)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:22 AM

18. I keep thinking Trump should have taken Khizr Khan up on his offer to give him the one he carries

Around in his pocket. But you're right, he needs the illustrated version. There must be one for kids who are just learning to read...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #4)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:27 AM

33. This must be white supremacist Bannon's doing.

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Response to brush (Reply #33)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:56 AM

35. Aren't they all a pack of bigots?

It feels like all the progress we've made in the past century or so, in all areas, is just forgotten.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #35)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:18 AM

37. It's horrible. Everything is being peeled back. A judge in Alabama just okayed a segregated...

white school district.

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Response to brush (Reply #37)

Sun May 7, 2017, 06:09 AM

42. It's truly appalling that this could be happening now - anywhere!

I grew up in NE New York and was in elementary school in the '60s. It was a pretty diverse community, went to school with black kids, pale red haired kids, kids that heard another language at home. I didn't know there was supposed to be any difference since nobody said anything, to me they were all just kids in my class.

I can't help thinking of Jimmy Carter, have his autobiography on audio, have listened to it more than once in my car. And he was born in the '20s, had no idea either until he went to school. His neighbors and playmates in rural Georgia at the time were all African American. He tells about joining the local school board in the '50s and the disgraceful disparity between the education system for black and white kids. He was understandably distressed and worked to change things. The fact that there are really people in this country that want to return to those days is just deplorable.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:20 AM

5. Two months after saying he would make historically black colleges a priority,

he shows us what he really meant by that.

Those slimy fingerprints look like Steve Bannon's.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #5)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:09 AM

13. yes, bannon is all over it.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #5)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:15 AM

21. Exactly

Racism at its best. Gotta keep those black folks from getting to smart. (sarcasm)

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Response to Eugene (Reply #5)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:13 PM

41. A priority to shut them down

That Obama was way to uppity - off to the cotton fields folks

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:22 AM

6. Has he even read the constitution?

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:15 AM

16. He doesn't know what it means to know anything

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:23 AM

7. I guess that his meeting with the presidents of HBCUs early in his administration

meant absolutely nothing. It's a shame that they showed up at the White House and participated in the photo op thinking that despite what they heard during the election that Trump would act fairly to support HBCUs.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #7)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:10 AM

14. Yep, they got played.

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Response to JHan (Reply #14)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:27 AM

28. Everyone gets played. Gore, DeCaprio, Romney, etc.

Anyone who thinks they can work with a sociopath is delusional.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #7)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:45 AM

22. He's a racist hypocrite!

I don't know why anybody believes ANYTHING he says. He lies about everything and anything. The man is an absolute disgrace!

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:47 AM

8. How would he know what's constitutional?

He's never read the constitution. The man is just evil.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #8)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:14 AM

15. Have you read George Will's column this week yet?

Most accurate assessment of Trump I've read to date in a column, just tag on callousness and you'll have a fairly accurate portrait of the man.

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Response to JHan (Reply #15)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:20 AM

17. No. I'll look for it.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:02 AM

12. It just never fukcign ends with these bastards.

It's more and more obvious that they weren't elected, they were bought and paid for to be running our country.
How the fukc do they sleep at night?

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 04:46 AM

19. People! Get with the game plan! If found $$ can be channeled to the 1%, it will be!

 

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:02 AM

20. Business as usual for the Bannon White House

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #20)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:46 AM

23. Trump takes time for this photo op as his daggers are being sharpened.

The players from the Super Bowl winning Patriots didn't fall for his fakery.

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #20)

Sat May 6, 2017, 11:15 AM

36. the flagrant disrespect.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:52 AM

24. Carter first established a program to assist HBCUs in 1980..

Then in 1981, St Ronald Reagan established the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, expanding its funding. That's the program that Trump was referring to, I think.

https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/about-us/

Trump is throwing another 6-year-old style tantrum with his statement. His crap is getting kicked out at the Federal Court level as unconstitutional, so he thinks he can turn that back onto his opponents. And he thinks he's spiting a certain black gentleman by threatening HBCUs.

Next they'll say that Planned Parenthood shouldn't be funded because it discriminates against men!

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 06:40 AM

25. No more photo ops with the HBCU for Der Trumpenfuhrer.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:10 AM

26. Trump's looking for ways to allocate public funds to religious schools like Liberty University.

His MO would be to transfer the money from "traditionally black colleges" and give that money to religious schools.

I'm sure he'd find a way to deny religious black colleges federal money.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:12 AM

27. Trump is the worst crook in American history.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:51 AM

29. Every dollar taken away is a dollar than can go to the wealthy.

You know, the people who really need the benefits.


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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:56 AM

30. Trump never strays from his core values: racism and personal greed

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 08:59 AM

31. Just another answer to his "What the hell do you have to lose?" rhetorical device.

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Response to rogue emissary (Reply #31)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:47 AM

34. Yep.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:02 AM

32. I see President Bannon is still in charge. nt

 

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 06:35 PM

38. Disgusting

All the racists will come out to play

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:08 PM

39. I have nothing intelligible to say about this.

4 months and we're at the point where each new travesty from this guy digs us through 'rock bottom'.

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Response to Afromania (Reply #39)

Sat May 6, 2017, 07:10 PM

40. and when we think we've hit rock bottom... we discover..

it's actually the sky.

(Thanks John Oliver)

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sun May 7, 2017, 06:15 AM

43. I Will wager a billion dollars

That not 45 nor any lawyer came up with or read this statement. I bet it came right from bannons orifice. Amazing how anything supporting non white Christian males in this country is somehow unconstitutional.

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