Kathy Miller resigned as Donald Trump’s campaign chair in Mahoning County, Ohio, amid controversy over her remarks that racism didn’t exist in America until President Barack Obama was elected.
Miller’s resignation came just hours after “Anywhere but Washington” — the first film in a series of election videos — was released, The Guardian reported. Miller can be seen in the video saying there was no racism in the 1960s.
“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” she said.
“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 added: “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected. We never had problems like this…Now, with the people with the guns, and shooting up neighborhoods, and not being responsible citizens, that’s a big change, and I think that’s the philosophy that Obama has perpetuated on America.”
Miller apologized for her remarks on Thursday, calling them “inappropriate.” She told the media that she would no longer be involved in Trump’s campaign, The Guardian noted.
“My personal comments were inappropriate, and I apologize,” Miller said in a statement. “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 as an elector to the Electoral College to avoid any unnecessary distractions.”
Despite her sentiments and resignation, Miller has appeared to stand by the premise of her comments, The Huffington Post reported.
“In the last 30 years before Obama, what has happened that has been racism?” she asked during an interview with The Huffington Post. “What has changed is we are more fragmented than we were before. And the comment about Black Lives Matter — what is wrong with ‘all lives matter’? To focus in on a narrow point of view has got people going in different directions. When someone calls me to buy a house, I don’t ask what their nationality is. I don’t do that. That’s not what I do.”
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