What do you fall back on when the indefensible becomes known and you are called to account for your actions?

For most people, it would entail admitting your wrongdoing, taking responsiblity, and asking for forgiveness, but for some like Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida, the easiest defense is the tried and true ‘race card’ that makes her the victim, not the criminal.

Brown has been convicted of 18 counts of fraud and corruption in connection with a scheme that bilked thousands of dollars in donations intended for the education of underprivileged minority children.

Her phony charity received more than $800,000 in just a four-year span, but only $1,200 went to providing the scholarships she claimed the donations would provide for the students.

Instead, Brown, who didn’t even register One Door as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, used the money to fund vacations, including trips to the Super Bowl, and Beyoncé concerts.

The prosecution has recommended over seven years in federal prison, while Brown’s defense attorney has asked for probation and community service.

Brown, however, has not done her own case any good by going public with charges that the conviction was “bogus” and “racist,” to which the prosecution fired back, She was targeted because she committed fraud, not because she was black or white.”

It is a long fall from her prominence in the Democratic party when she traveled with President Obama on Air Force One, socialized with California representative and then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and served as a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton.

Now, however, she has been revealed as another grafter who used her position to live the good life while those she claimed to serve were denied the benefit of the funds she solicited – hundreds of thousands of dollars that went to her lifestyle rather than scholarships for black kids looking for a way out of the ghetto.

The Florida congresswoman has been reduced begged for mercy from the court that, having found her guilty, will now decide her fate.

“I am sorry you have to be here today to see me in this situation. I never imagined I would one day be in court… never,” Brown told the court, saying she wished she had been “more diligent in overseeing my personal and professional life.”

She concluded with a seeming contrite, “I humbly ask for mercy and compassion,” but has continued to complain that the conviction is based solely on her race.

It remains to be seen whether that defense carries the same weight as it did during the Obama era, or whether personal responsibility will be the new legal standard.

Do you think the race card will be less beneficial now during the Trump era than it was when Obama was in office?

Source: 100 percent fed up

 

 
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