“We are not looking for photo ops or trying to make ourselves look good in the press,” said Bruce LeVell, a jeweler from Atlanta who is executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. “We are looking at seriously hey, Mr. RNC—or should I say Mr. and Mrs. RNC, because it is an entity in itself—how can we help you? And in return, they are like, well, how can you help us?”
Some 35 members of Trump’s unofficial diversity team have confirmed they will travel to RNC headquarters in Washington to meet with its leadership, LeVell says. The group, which Trump has met with, also includes Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, and Trump business advisor Michael Cohen.
They plan to meet July 1 with the RNC’s deputy political director Jennifer Korn and national director of African American initiatives Telly Lovelace. Chairman Reince Priebus, LeVell says, has not yet confirmed his participation. “The RNC invited the NDC for Trump to meet with us,” an RNC official confirmed to TIME. “The meeting is still in the planning stages. We look forward to working together.”
In the Third District congressional runoff, Republican Drew Ferguson this morning picked up the endorsement of defeated rival Jim Pace. Ferguson ran a close second to state Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan. From the press release:
With Pace’s endorsement, all five of the other candidates in this year’s GOP primary have endorsed Drew over state Sen. Mike Crane who essentially tied Ferguson in the primary. Supporters of these candidates made up roughly 73 percent of the votes cast in the primary when added to Drew’s 27 percent.
On Thursday, we told you that Republican leaders in the U.S. House had thwarted a Democratic attempt to load up a spending bill shepherded by Tom Graves, R-Ranger, with some rather controversial amendments.
But last night, as the House debated the $3.5 billion bill, which deals primarily with congressional spending, Democrats continued to slam Graves and his GOP colleagues for including language in a sidecar to the bill that would essentially compel the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien,” among other terms, to describe undocumented immigrants.
Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz compared the term to the word “Negro.”
“We evolve in this country and it is understandable that someone who was not a member of a group of immigrants wouldn’t understand that that term could be pejorative,” Schultz told Graves on the House floor. “We should evolve as a society.”
Graves shot back, saying that the language in question would keep the Library of Congress’ system consistent with terminology used in Supreme Court decisions and federal laws for decades.
“We’re actually helping the library here. We’re not telling them what words to use. We’re just saying ‘hey, be consistent with U.S. law,'” Graves said. “That keeps it pretty simple, I believe.”