CHATTANOOGA — Here’s another one from Do-Nothing Chuck: Congressman Fleischmann begrudgingly rolled out a hypocritical statement blasting Rick Tyler’s vehemently racist billboard only a month and half after gleefully announcing his support for known racist and demagogue-in-chief Donald Trump.
“Congressman Fleischmann is happy to condemn flagrant acts of racism when it’s convenient for him, but he was conspicuously silent when his chosen candidate for President, Donald Trump, claimed that a Federal District Judge wasn’t qualified to do his job because of the color of his skin. Fleischmann should have immediately disavowed Trump’s candidacy, but instead he is still riding on the Trump train.”
Adding to the hypocrisy, Rep. Fleischmann is on the record opposing the redesign of the $20 bill that is set to add African-American hero Harriet Tubman to its face—he said it’s unnecessary. He was nowhere to be found when Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) put forward a racially-charged amendment to keep the abolitionist icon off the newly designed bill.
“Chuck Fleischmann has demonstrated a startling lack of leadership on any issue put in front of him. He wants to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill, he doesn’t mind Trump’s inflammatory comments about a respected Federal Judge, and now this? It’d be funny if it weren’t so embarrassing that the only time the Congressman is willing to condemn racism is when it’s coming from an opponent on the ballot. If he’s can’t come out and condemn Trump’s remarks, then why should anyone in this district think he doesn’t support them.”
Melody Shekari is running for the Democratic nomination in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. She grew up in Chattanooga and has crossed the district speaking with voters who have made it clear they want a congressperson who is not beholden to lobbyists, a public servant who works for them and not Washington elites.