President Joe Biden nominated Rep. Maria Fudge for the secretary of Housing and Urban Development position on Dec. 10. Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, perversely claimed at a Biden campaign live stream rally in April 2020 that COVID-19 demonstrates that America is systemically racist, a statement in line with her other bizarre commentary on race.
“Black people have always been aware of systemic and institutional racism. COVID-19 just proved to the rest of the country that it exists,” Fudge said. “If we do not elect Joe Biden, we will not recover in my lifetime. I’m not being dramatic, I’m being honest.”
Fudge’s speculative comments concerning race and COVID-19 followed her controversial reading of a statement from one of her constituents, a man who called all Trump supports “racist” and “dumb,” on the House floor in June 2019.
“It is glaringly apparent that many who support the present administration are either racist, steeped in religious beliefs, ignorant, or as my mother used to say just plain dumb,” Fudge read aloud. “They have chosen to support a president who has a proven record of being sexually condescending to women, will not oppose the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate organizations, is indecisive, condescending to anyone who challenges him, and hides behind his Twitter account rather than dealing with the real issues in our country and around the world. To put icing on this cake, he’s a proven liar.”
During today’s Special Morning Hour, I shared a letter from an OH-11 constituent concerning the current administration. Watch the video to view the full floor speech. pic.twitter.com/D3yx7lDECP
— Former Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) June 11, 2019
Fudge’s oration drew criticism from both Republicans and Democrats, with Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, who was presiding over the House in the morning, saying, “Remarks and debate may not engage in personalities toward the president, including by repeating remarks made elsewhere that would be improper if spoken in the member’s own words.”
Subsequent to her conspiratorial statement on COVID-19, Fudge also claimed in an April 2020 Biden campaign live stream that the government is purposefully opening up more inexpensive areas of American society in order to coerce black people into spending their COVID relief checks. She said this to now-Vice President Kamala Harris, who nodded in agreement and said, “That’s right.”
“You know, they opened the beauty salons and the barbershops and the bowling alleys and the movie theaters. When they start opening up the country clubs and the tanning spas, then I’m going to go to one,” Fudge said. “Because they’re just opening up the things black people go to because they know we’ve got these checks and they want us to spend them. They don’t care about our safety. That’s why when they start opening up things they go to, then I’ll understand it’s time to start to open up some things for us.”
During a hearing in front of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Jan. 28, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., asked Fudge to clarify the difference between racial “equality” and “equity.” Fudge then gave a parable about homeownership and clarified that racial “equity” is in her view proper because it can be used to supersede the notion of equality of opportunity and deliver an equal outcome that supposedly addresses the disparity.
Fudge responded that the “same” is “not always fair” and that “discrimination that has existed for a long time” could be “based on educational levels. It could be based on many things, not necessarily just race.” The Ohio lawmaker essentially admitted that “equity” is the process of actively discriminating against one group to benefit another group based on notions of systemic and institutional racism, an idea pushed by other prominent leftists, including the vice president.
There’s a big difference between equality and equity. pic.twitter.com/n3XfQyjLNe
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 1, 2020
In June, the NAACP hosted a virtual town hall on systemic racism featuring then-candidate Joe Biden, as well as Fudge. “George Floyd’s murder just brought to the surface generations of pain. … We have to make sure we strike when the iron is hot,” Fudge said in regard to the continuous rioting and looting she characterized as “protests” in all major cities.
On the call, Fudge also discussed the “Justice in Policing Act,” a piece of legislation Biden’s associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta assisted in putting forward through her highly influential leftist interest group, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
We need to “change the very culture of policing in this country. … We need to reevaluate how we police our communities,” Fudge said. “We need to evaluate how we allocate resources.”
The left has replaced their “defund the police” phrasing with terms such as “reallocate” or “redistribute” in order to make the policies sound more practical. In actuality, the idea of stripping police departments of funding during 2020 was an insane idea, as we witnessed a 30 percent homicide rate increase in 34 cities.
“I’m troubled by multiple statements Rep. Fudge has made through the years attacking and disparaging the integrity and motives of Republican officials with whom she has policy disagreements,” Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said at the Senate Banking Committee hearing in January.
In accordance with virtually all of Biden’s nominees, Fudge is a verifiable radical with a record of not supporting law and order, while also spreading the lie that America is an irreconcilable and racist hellhole.
Fudge has not yet been confirmed by the Senate and is expected to testify in the weeks ahead.