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Reality Show About Black Republicans??

Reality Show About Black Republicans??

Lynne Patton, whose cameo as the president’s Black friend/hire at the Michael Cohen hearing sparked backlash last week, oversees one of the largest HUD regions that includes NY and NJ. But she wants to take a leave of absence. Why? To film a reality TV show about Black Republicans. The show, by the producers of The Real Housewives of Potomac and Shahs of Sunset, would center on a group of Black women including Patton, Trump campaign advisor Katrina Pierson, and conservative commentator Candace Owens. The NY-based production company said they wanted to follow their day-to-day, capturing who they are at home, at work, and above all, understanding their political views and “their strong sisterhood.” According to documents obtained by The Washington Post, during this leave of absence, Patton still wants to be able to attend White House meetings and asked who would be able to cover her travel expenses so she could attend Trump rallies. Patton told WaPo that the show’s concept had piqued her interest because producers had compared it to Showtime’s The Circus, a documentary series about Trump-era politics. “Black Republicans are not an anomaly. Not only do we suffer the same societal hurdles that face any black man or black woman every single day, we also have the additional albatross of being conservative,” Patton said. “Nothing proves this point more than the partisan reaction to my committee appearance this week. God forbid a black Republican is in the room based upon her own merit and can think for herself. But it’s a scarlet letter I wear with pride.” Ha! Patton’s request has reportedly been denied on ethical grounds. More here.

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Despite the President’s Claims, Undocumented Immigrants Pay Millions in State Taxes

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