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“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault,” she added. “You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you.”
“You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”
Miller also mentioned in the interview she never experienced racism while growing up in the 1960s.
“Growing up as a kid, there was no racism, believe me,” Kelly said. “We were just all kids going to school.”
She referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as “a stupid waste of time” and implied that low voter turnout among the African-American community was related to their upbringing.
When the reporter for The Guardian asked if her comments might be offensive, Miller said, “I don’t care, it’s the truth.”
Miller was the county chairwoman for the Trump campaign in Mahoning county, Ohio. Her remarks gained national attention and risked alienating black voters who make up 12.7 percent of the swing state.
Bob Paduchik, Ohio State Director for Trump, released a statement regarding the incident.
Our county chairs are volunteers who signed up to help organize grassroots outreach like door-knocking and phone calls, they are not spokespeople for the campaign. I have accepted Kathy Miller’s resignation as the Mahoning County chair in light of these inappropriate comments.
My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize. I am not a spokesperson for the campaign and was not speaking on its behalf. I have resigned as the volunteer campaign chair in Mahoning County and as an elector to the Electoral College to avoid any unnecessary distractions.
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