📻 Here’s Rep. John Yarmuth on an upgraded Speaker Nancy Pelosi, new Democrats vs seasoned Democrats, outrage over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 comments, the release of the #MuellerReport, Rep. Rashida Tlaib MFing Donald Trump, & Andy Beshear’s threatened lawsuit over teacher sickout lists 🎙️ LISTEN
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) joined me on 840WHAS to discuss his tweets damning the students of Covington Catholic high school as “appalling” and displaying “racist hatred” at a January field trip to DC.
Yarmuth declined to apologize for tweeting before learning the wider story of a group of adult Herbrew Israelites hurling abusive, homophobic language at the students, and how additional video showed that the Native American group approached the students.
Initial social and traditional media accounts reported that the students “swarmed” the Native Americans to mock and intimidate the elders. Whoooooaaaaa. Slow your roll, rush-to-judgment team. The videos don’t lie. Agenda-driven social justice warriors supplying limited views do lie.
Student Nick Sandmann appeared on TODAY to tell his story. It was 180 degrees away from the narrative that social media foisted on the world several days earlier.
“In hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 23, 2019
Liberals lost their minds that TODAY and NBC gave the student a platform to tell his side of the story.
Imagine that! Hearing the OTHER side of the manufactured initial story. THE NERVE! (Yet no one complains that the USA Today story is 100% anti-Savannah Guthrie & Nick Sandmann as if the entire viewing audience despised the notion of balanced media)
Native American Nathan Phillips has returned NBC News, this time on TODAY to give his side of the story again. Phillips accuses Sandmann of blocking his path, even though the videos show that Phillips and his group approached Sandmann’s closed circle with video recorders rolling.
“Even though I’m angry, I still have that forgiveness in my heart for those students.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 24, 2019
Phillips said he was trying to diffuse tensions between CovCath students and the Black Hebrew Israelites but never explains why he did not beat his drum in the faces of the antagonistic Black Hebrew group members.
Many are now revealing that Phillips never served in Vietnam as the media continually states. Phillips admitted that he never served in Vietnam, but that he was in the Marine Reserves and remained stateside.
Phillips said Sandmann sounded “coached” by a PR firm in his TODAY show interview the day before, claiming he watched only 30 seconds of it and turned away saying that he’d seen enough.
In my radio interview, Yarmuth said that, despite the “joke” of suggesting banishment of MAGA hats, he also did not see much value in Liberals wearing FUCK TRUMP shirts and hats in public.
Never more proven then the @terrymeiners interview with @RepJohnYarmuth on @840WHAS if it wasn't so appalling it would be hilarious!! Didn't want to hear another point of view. Wants to ban MAGA hats but t-shirts saying F*** Trump are perfectly fine???
— Mike Mason (@MMason2525) January 24, 2019
I was flooded with email, tweets, and facebook messages from people who were incensed that the high school kids were expected to fend off the adults in this bizarre shit storm. Here’s the best submission from a radio listener.
Full interview with John Yarmuth here
Full statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School junior, Regarding Incident at the Lincoln Memorial
I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.
I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.
When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.
The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would “harvest his organs.” I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.
Because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.
At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.
After a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protestors, who I hadn’t previously noticed, approached our group. The Native American protestors had drums and were accompanied by at least one person with a camera.
The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.
I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.
I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.
During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.” I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.
I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.
The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.
I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.
I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me – to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.
I harbor no ill will for this person. I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week. I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.
I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.
I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.
I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.
I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech.
I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.
I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.
I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgement based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.
I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.
This is the only statement that has been made by the Sandmann family. Any comments attributed to any member of the family that is not contained in this document are fabricated. The family will not be answering individual media inquiries.
Every morning, NBC’s TODAY Show starts with some sort of breathless, hysteria-driven BOMBSHELL news story on Trump. It’s so predictable that the Boy Who Cried Wolf would advise “yeah, you may want to get that verified, nitwits.”
So now we are letting BUZZFEED (the web home of fart jokes and quizzes about naming genitals) lead the news on traditional media outlets? Our media industry looks ridiculous.
But, we are about to TAKE DOWN TRUMP so any port in a storm. Buzzfeed = The New York Times if it is negative about Trump. Let’s run with it as the lead story!!!!!
“One TX Democrat now says if this explosive new report is true, Pres. Trump must either resign or be impeached.”@halliejackson has the latest on a new report that Michael Cohen reportedly told the special counsel he was ordered to lie to Congress about Moscow Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/OfqppZsrNL
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 18, 2019
BOMBSHELL! SHRILL, HYSTERIA-LADEN COVERAGE ALL DAY LONG! All of America’s networks went into a frenzy reporting on a Buzzfeed.com report saying that President Trump told his lawyer to lie to Congress! IMPEACH HIM NOW! LOCK HIM UP! WE’VE GOT HIM NOW! THIS IS IT! TRUMP IS OUT!
The Courier-Journal immediately went to work to chase BuzzFeed’s SHOCKING and certainly credible report. Congressman John Yarmuth took the bait early in the day. Yarmuth’s tweet triggered the CJ to ask many Kentucky Republicans what they thought about Trump’s imminent impeachment.
If true, which it appears to be, the @BuzzFeedNews report that Trump suborned perjury is an impeachable offense, and the House should begin the process.
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) January 18, 2019
And hey, Lindsey Graham, THIS COULD BE THE BIG ONE TO GET TRUMP, right??????
The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Obstruction: pic.twitter.com/DuJTJJWWOk
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) January 18, 2019
BOMBSHELL, I TELL YOU! Oh wait. Maybe not.
BuzzFeed will publish literally anything — even if they have no idea whether their story is true. pic.twitter.com/uh01eElnvw
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) January 18, 2019
Speaking to reporters the day after the unsubstantiated BOMBSHELL Buzzfeed story inundated all media, Trump knew his constant claims of “fake news” were validated once again.
Remember how the media would attack Barack Obama and hold power to accountability every day of the eight years of an Obama presidency?
Of course you don’t because it never happened. During the 2008-16 Obama administration, a fawning, bootlicking media fed the public daily accounts of how loving and compassionate and thoughtful these leaders were.
Now drop back to media coverage of George W. Bush from 2000-08. Fawning? Bootlicking? Bitch, please.
Accept that we are inundated with high quality journalism that openly slants toward liberalism instead of Buzzfeeding yourself a nonsensical notion that there is a fair and balanced dominant media footprint.
Buzzfraud is more like it. Do better, media. Our very business relies upon integrity and falling into the Trump Hysteria Trap every day is embarrassingly unprofessional.
Please delete that tweet, Rep. Yarmuth. It did not age well after just a few hours.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin finally burst the bubble by declaring that he will indeed run for reelection. I’ve asked him more than 10 times in radio interviews if he would re-up to solidify Republican party plans for 2019. His response was that he would not let “the people across the aisle” dictate his schedule.
At last night’s Lincoln Dinner in Lexington, the news spilled across all of the aisles. Governor Bevin wants to stay in office for a second term.
"Buckle up, because the next five years are going to be something to watch." At the @KYGOP Lincoln Dinner in Lexington, @GovMattBevin announced his intention to run for re-election in 2019. pic.twitter.com/zqnjGGEufk
— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) August 26, 2018
There’s been speculation that Bevin may be called to Washington to serve in some capacity in the Trump administration. When I’ve asked him about the possibility, he has repeatedly said he has “too much to do” to improve Kentucky.
Is he confident that he will win a second term? The CJ’s Phillip Bailey questioned Bevin at last night’s event.
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) August 26, 2018
Bevin has taken a lot of flack for rough talk about teacher protests related to his plan to salvage a mortally wounded pension system. He recently likened protesting teachers to drowning victims who fight the lifeguard trying to save them.
Media outlets regularly hammer him over the tax assessment and purchase path of his family home, an off-the-cuff remark about a West End chess club, and how protesting teachers leave unattended school kids vulnerable to abuse.
Naturally, Bevin (like Trump) is not shy about criticizing individual reporters (“Peeping Tom” Loftus) and various media outlets. He even got in a shot while honoring Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a Kentucky Colonel designation.
At the @KYGOP Lincoln Dinner, @GovMattBevin announced that he has bestowed upon @PressSec @SarahHuckabee the honor of Kentucky Colonel. "I would like to empower the next 'Colonel Sanders' to get out there and fry those chickens up in Washington." pic.twitter.com/QwCoGvS6eL
— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) August 26, 2018
She is now Colonel Sanders 2.0
Sanders takes arrows from the media in her job as White House spokesperson. It’s a horrible job because her boss changes his stories and positions multiple times per day. She’s a trooper.
Kentucky Democrats are stuck in a rut, offering little more than hatred of all things Republican.
Hate is great when you’re writing the script for Mean Girls. It’s OK to hate cancer, Mondays, and broccoli.
Hating other people is a sticky wicket. Democrats claim to be open-minded and tolerant yet wallow in hatred of anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Hate does not grow the base necessary to overcome Republican dominance led by Bevin and both houses of the legislature.
Hate is not a winning platform. Fresh ideas can be.
Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath is the only burgeoning force in Kentucky’s Democrat Party. She spoke with me months ago about her vision for the 6th Congressional District.
Incumbent Andy Barr has solid support, is well-funded, and has President Donald Trump coming to Kentucky to support him.
That’s a tough combination for McGrath to tackle but she is, after all, the only congressional candidate in America who has actually killed terrorists. A little political wrasslin’ won’t rock her world.
At the Lincoln Dinner, Governor Bevin told reporters that McGrath is even more Liberal than Congressman John Yarmuth. “Yowzer!”
Here’s Yarmuth slamming Bevin on my radio show last week.
Other Kentucky Democrats prefer a run by secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, house minority leader Rocky Adkins, or even radio personality Matt Jones.
In Trump-happy Kentucky, they’re all massive long shots to stop Bevin.
It’s going to be a fun rumble in the months ahead.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth popped onto the radio today to explain why the Democrats caved in on the government shutdown stalemate.
We talked about Sen. Chuck Schumer’s strategy, the DACA negotiations, funding the U.S. military vs funding The Dreamers, and Yarmuth replied to Gov. Matt Bevin’s contention that he is “whining” about the new Medicaid waiver allowing the government to demand that able-bodied recipients either work, get job training, or provide community service.
The photo above is a rare capture of Yarmuth and Bevin appearing side-by-side. We’ll not have any of that bipartisanship, gentlemen. Back to your corners.
Bisig Impact Group co-owner Larry Bisig invited me to his advertising/marketing company for a chat on camera. Cool.
We talked about my radio history, growing up with discipline, the last days of Ron Clay, my evolving tolerance, how to interview big ego people, dealing with violent students, and drunk college buddies trying to ruin my job.
Good talk, L Man. Thanks for having me.
AUDIO ? Rep.John Yarmuth appeared on WHAS Radio with me to talk about today’s North Korea missile launch, plus…Should predatory Democrat Rep. John Conyers resign? Is it dereliction of media duty by Cokie Roberts hiding Conyers’ deviance? We also discussed the various Republican tax reform plans, Trump diplomacy, & more #kypolitics
Here’s the governor talking about potential expansion of Toyota’s manufacturing presence, his victory in the PVA assessment of his home, misdirected media, pension pressure, and tax changes to retain wealth. As for the possibility of facing Attorney General Andy Beshear in the 2019 gubernatorial race: “To me that would be fantastic. He is not even competent as an attorney general.”
Congressman Yarmuth talked about North Korea’s nuclear threats toward the U.S., President Trump’s reply that America would bring “fire and fury never before seen in the world,” congressional health care camaraderie, and whether VP Mike Pence is sincere in claiming that he is not considering a 2020 run for the presidency.
Greg Fischer, John Yarmuth, and Matt Bevin were on my radio show back-to-back-to-back today. The mayor and congressmen, both Democrats, discussed a variety of issues. The Republican governor had a significantly different strategy to solve societal problems.
AUDIO: Governor Matt Bevin on attacking the pension shortfall, bourbon tariffs, the Mike Pence visit, universal health care, handling haters on Twitter, and imitating Rambo at the Kentucky Speedway.
Now here is Rep. John Yarmuth on the Donald Trump Jr email chain with a Russian lawyer, Obamacare, media pursuit of Russia election interference, and renewed Democrat interest in universal health care.
Finally, here’s Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on his six point plan to reduce violence.
William Albert “Bill” Stokes died last week. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Seven years ago, he taught me one of the most enlightening, compassionate lessons of my life at a moment when I was way out of my comfort zone.
The day after he and I co-hosted a mostly improvisational show in front of an African American audience, I wrote this blog post. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life.
BACK IN BLACK
I have always had an affinity for African American people. Their music always moved me more than the bland songs sung by white performers. Their distinctly different clothing choices made me want to be colorful like them instead of rigid and uniform like all of the white kids.
In high school in the 70s I had a crush on Clemmie, a pretty black girl who never gave me the time of day. After school, I worked in the kitchen at the old Baptist Hospital and was treated like a brother by the mostly black staff.
Even as a young kid, I envied African Americans for their spiritual freedom. I felt like people of color seemed to have more animated, joyous reactions to things that, given the same material, would elicit barely more than a whimper out of the white folks.
We were stuffy. They were cool.
It wasn’t until January 17, 2011 that I really felt totally accepted by the African American community.
Months earlier I was asked to co-host the Dr Martin Luther King celebration at St. Stephen Baptist Church, Louisville’s largest African American congregation. My co-host was church associate Bill Stokes, a gadfly with a deep voice and mischief in his happy smile. He told me that our job was to crack a few jokes while introducing choral groups and various luminaries who would speak about Dr. Martin Luther King’s mission of peace and progress for African Americans.
When he invited me, I informed St. Stephen pastor Dr. Kevin Cosby that I would be a bit late since his program began at 7 just as my radio show ended. He said that was fine because Mr. Stokes would just get the program going and I could join him whenever I arrived.
Somehow I had it in my mind that Mr. Stokes and I would at least spend a few minutes backstage during a musical segment where we could decide what we’d do on stage.
I arrived at 7:16 where an idling police cruiser saved a parking space just for me. The policeman directed me to a different back door than I was originally told to enter. Jogging through the rain, I rapped on the door and a member of the governor’s security detail opened it and said, “They’re waiting for you.” He directed me down a hallway and through a door past other security agents.
When I opened the door, I saw that I was actually on the side of the stage. A church sound man handed me a microphone and said, “You’re on.”
Well now. That’s a hot cup of coffee in the lap. I walked in out of the rain and into the bright lights with no clue what was going on.
The crowd of over one thousand people was 99% African American and they began to laugh as I walked across the stage toward Mr. Stokes, who had apparently just finished playing a funny song on the piano.
With only a scant few white faces in the large crowd, Stokes introduced me: “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the funniest negro in Louisville, Terry Meiners.” The crowd laughed and cheered.
Jumping into the tenor of the moment, I replied, “Yes I am the funniest negro in Louisville, and it’s quite an honor.” The crowd laughed as I went on: “Is this the part where we sing Ebony and Ivory? I’ll be Stevie Wonder.”
My brain was churning at a thousand miles an hour to try and figure out where we were going next without being disrespectful to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. I was clearly in someone else’s comfort zone.
Mr. Stokes and I both had the stage instincts to do the next best thing, crack jokes about the prominent men in attendance. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was right up front and is a good sport about hearing his southern accent mimicked. New Louisville mayor Greg Fischer (“Just like Oprah, he could reward everyone in the audience… ‘You get an ice machine! You get an ice machine!, But unlike Oprah, ‘You pay the taxes.’ You pay the taxes.'”), former mayor Jerry Abramson (“He asked Madeline…’What are these?’… ‘They’re keys, honey. You have to start driving yourself everywhere now.'”) each got a little love.
Sen. Rand Paul sat quietly over to the side, but his vision of austerity did not escape the monologue. I promised that someone in the crowd would win a pay-your-own-way to Washington vacation where “you get to stay in that tiny apartment with Rand Paul and his daddy,” whose television is turned up to nursing home levels.
Despite the riveting moments of the evening where the Pastor Cosby or U of L president James Ramsey spoke about inequality and suffering in the beleaguered black community, or overhead screens showed images of black men hanged from trees in the 1930s, Stokes knew how to bring his audience back to humor. And he included me in the mirth just to make it appear that we had rehearsed our jokes.
We faked arguing about who got to speak next. We declared that we were brothers from different mothers, separated only by the pitches of our voices or the nine extra hairs still clinging to Stokes’ head. We were just making it up as we went along.
And Stokes was able to make jokes that only a man of color would dare to try in such a setting. He demanded of the white University of Louisville president to answer why the only black singer in the Cardinals chorus “also got to play the piano.”
Stokes noted that all the tickets for the evening had been distributed, but the reason there were some empty seats on the second level is because at yesterday’s church service at St Stephen, he told the assemblage that “the police was gonna be here.”
The crowd roared.
Had I told a joke like that, I’d have been run out of town, and rightfully so. A white person’s frame of reference on the black experience is devoid of the emotional infrastructure necessary to see the entire picture. And vice versa.
But Stokes was masterful in pulling me into the black family at St. Stephen and making me feel like a brother from another mother. Dr. Cosby invited me to return as co-host next year, although I was more of a sidekick for Stokes’ comedic leadership.
The entire evening was billed “Education is King,” meaning that Martin Luther King would’ve continued to stress that education is the only way out of poverty. All-black Simmons College formed a partnership with U of L to solidify its position in the community and that was the major theme of the evening.
Dr. Cosby said that Sen. Paul “came to meet with me” and that they’d found common ground in helping each other understand the needs for carefully screened government education grants tailored for African Americans.
After the event, I had a brief conversation with the freshman senator Rand Paul, a lightning rod who represents the Tea Party conservatives who’d recently made big strides in elections. Sen. Paul had cancelled multiple telephone interviews on my radio show, causing me to taunt him on the air with claims that he was “a-scared of me.”
After we exchanged pleasantries at St. Stephen, our first face-to-face meeting, Sen. Paul exclaimed, “You’re not as intimidating in person as you are on the air.”
Let me assure you, senator, you don’t know intimidation until you walk in out of the rain and onto a stage at a racially energized memorial where you’re the outcast and a gentle old soul helps you hide the fact that you are literally wet behind the ears.
Now that’s intimidating.
Posted 19th January 2011 by Terry Meiners