July 10, 2020

By putting a banner that reads "Welcome to Clifton where Black Lives Matter" over its main street, a small Virginia town hoped this would be a first step in launching discussions on racial equality.

And while most people have been supportive of the message, the banner enraged one woman: conservative activist Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, the only Black member of the Supreme Court.

The city of Clifton shared with The Washington Post a note sent from Ginni Thomas' email account on June 24: "BLM is a bit of a dangerous Trojan Horse and they are catching well-meaning people into dangerous posturing that can invite mob rule and property looting. Let's not be tricked into joining cause with radical extremists seeking to foment a cultural revolution because they hate America." Ginni Thomas, who is white, did not respond to the Post's request for comment.

Clifton Mayor William R. Holloway told the Post the banner is "the biggest controversy we've seen in many years." Residents received an anonymous mailer that tried to link the Black Lives Matter movement to "international conspiracies," and there were angry comments posted on the Clifton Facebook page.

About 300 people live in Clifton, and the population is mostly white. During a town council meeting Tuesday, nearly all of the residents who got up to speak about the banner had nothing but good things to say. Mark Cherry, a Black resident, said he "never would have guessed that this community would come together ... to make such a clear message of welcome and openness." Read more at The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

August 6, 2018

Rudy Giuliani wants to set the record straight.

No, not about his client, President Trump, or the 2016 meeting Trump's son held inside Trump Tower with Russians. It's also not about a potential interview between Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, or what Giuliani meant when he simply tweeted "You" on July 29. This is about something much deeper.

"There is a moron on Fox claiming I chain smoke cigarettes worrying about the President's tweets," Giuliani tweeted Monday evening. "Don't smoke cigarettes. Hate 'me. Smoke only premium cigars and I hope this idiot is not a lawyer because if he is he should sue his Law School."

Giuliani accidentally typed "Hate 'me" rather than "Hate 'em," but we'll have to forgive him because who among us hasn't immediately had to fire off an angry tweet after being accused of smoking something other than non-premium cigars? Catherine Garcia

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