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In a surprising accusation from a major Hollywood figure, comedian Chris Rock is holding Democrats responsible for the spread of the coronavirus, saying party leaders “let the pandemic come in” while they were busy pushing the ultimately unsuccessful impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Chris Rock made the accusation in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times in which he also discussed President Trump and the use of blackface in entertainment.

The comedian told the Times that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrats allowed the virus to spread because they were focused on impeachment proceedings.

“It was totally up to Pelosi and the Democrats. Their thing was, ‘We’re going to get him impeached,’ which was never going to happen. You let the pandemic come in. Yes, we can blame Trump, but he’s really the 5-year-old,” Rock said.

Democrat leaders showed little to no public interest in the coronavirus pandemic during its early months. In January, when the gravity of the virus was becoming apparent, Congressional Democrats staged a photo-op in which they solemnly walked the articles of impeachment through the Capitol rotunda.

Later that month, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) infamously tore up a copy of President Trump’s State of the Union address on live television, even though the address directly referenced the pandemic and promised that the White House “will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

Breitbart News has reported on how the Democrats’ impeachment effort cost America valuable time in its fight against the coronavirus. House Democrats didn’t take up the coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia until early February.

In his Times interview, Chris Rock showed little respect for the commander in chief, comparing him to a child ruler.

“Did you ever see that movie The Last Emperor, where like a 5-year-old is the emperor of China? There’s a kid and he’s the king. So I’m like, it’s all the Democrats’ fault. Because you knew that the emperor was 5 years old. And when the emperor’s 5 years old, they only lead in theory. There’s usually an adult who’s like, ‘OK, this is what we’re really going to do.'”

The newspaper asked Rock if he thinks Hollywood’s rush to expunge all past uses of blackface in entertainment has gone too far.

“If I say they are, then I’m the worst guy in the world. There’s literally one answer that ends my whole career,” he replied. “Blackface ain’t cool, OK? That’s my quote. Blackface is bad. Who needs it? It’s so sad, we live in a world now where you have to say, I am so against cancer. “I just assumed you liked cancer.” No, no, no, I am so against it. You have to state so many obvious things you’re against.”

Rock also said that the Obama presidency didn’t represent a positive for black Americans.

“Obama becoming the president, it’s progress for white people. It’s not progress for Black people.”

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Little Rock chief sues officers’ union claiming conspiracy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock’s police chief on Wednesday sued the local police union, two assistant chiefs and several officers, accusing them of conspiring to try and force him out of his job.

The federal lawsuit by Chief Keith Humphrey is the latest round in an escalating public fight within the department that is centered on his response to the fatal shooting of a Black motorist by a white officer last year.

The defendants include Charles Starks, the white officer who Humphrey fired over the shooting of Bradley Blackshire. Starks was later reinstated by a judge but submitted his resignation in September.

The lawsuit accuses the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police and its executive board of orchestrating a campaign against the chief that included lawsuits accusing him of retaliating against assistant chiefs who testified against him in hearings over Starks’ firing. It also accuses the union, Starks and a local blogger of publishing false stories online about him.

“This is about the right thing. ... It’s not about Keith Humphrey,” the chief said at a news conference at a Little Rock church. “You don’t treat people this way.”

An attorney for Starks did not have an immediate comment on the suit, and the union did not immediately reply to messages. An attorney for several officers named in the lawsuit called it an effort by the chief to silence his critics.

“It’s sad, unfortunate, unprecedented that the chief would be suing his own employer and his own officers,” attorney Chris Burks said of the lawsuit, which also named a Little Rock human resources official as a defendant.

The Fraternal Order of Police approved a vote of no confidence resolution on Humphrey in June, citing the lawsuits and complaints against him. Humphrey, who is Black, said Monday that his lawsuit wasn’t about race, though it claims that the union is treating him differently because of his race and his policing philosophy.

Humphrey was hired in 2019 by Mayor Frank Scott, who is the city’s first popularly elected mayor. Humphrey told reporters that he hadn’t talked with the mayor about his lawsuit before its filing, and a spokeswoman said Scott did not have any comment on the lawsuit.

Humphrey fired Starks over the Blackshire shooting, despite recommendations from the officer’s supervisors that he stay on the force. In his resignation letter, Starks accused the chief of making his working conditions “intolerable” since he was reinstated.


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