NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Orlando Shooting Sparks Political Debate, Are Democrats Ignoring Black Voters?


Orlando Shooting Sparks Political Debate Over Immigration, Muslim Ban

As the world continues to mourn all the lives lost in Orlando, Florida as a result of this past weekend’s mass shooting, Donald Trump appears to be using the horrific event as a tool in his political fight against Democrats.

The GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee claimed current policies are not working and said, “We have a dysfunctional immigration system which does not permit us to know who we let into our country, and it does not permit us to protect our citizens properly.”

Trump laid blame at the feet of the Obama Administration, calling officials “incompetent.”

Hillary Clinton responded to Trump’s claim, and during her address on national security said, “Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families of and friends of Muslim-Americans as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror.”

During Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Trump’s remarks regarding banning Muslims from entering the United States, as well as the background of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen.

Are Black Voters Being Ignored By The Democratic Party?

High turnout among African-American voters was especially crucial in the 2008 and 2012 elections for Democrats, but according to a new article on The, Democrats appear to be taking those same voters for granted.

In 2012, 29 percent of all eligible voters were people of color. That number is now around 31 percent.

Priorities USA, the super PAC backing Hillary Clinton, intends to spend $136 million on ads, and only $5.3 million of those dollars will be used for radio advertisements targeting Blacks.

On Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin spoke with Steve Phillips, the author of The Nation’s article, and Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies about there being no plan of action to mobilize the Black vote.

#TakeItDownAmerica: Rally To Remove The Confederate Battle Emblem From The MS State Flag

Tuesday marks National Flag Day, which celebrates the moment America adopted the U.S. flag. But the day is taking on a special meaning for Black folks in Mississippi.

Mississippi is the only state in the United States that continues to fly a Confederate emblem on its flag and the fight to bring it down has reached the nation’s capital.

Actress Aunjanue Ellis and rapper Genesis Be joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Tuesday’s rally #TakeItDownAmerica, which calls for the Confederate battle emblem to be removed from the statehouse flag.

All that and more in this special edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast

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