My new article on Blavity looks at 5 Black women in politics who are currently catching heat from the GOP for calling out and battling racism and injustice. From the article:
(Housing and Urban Development) Secretary (Marcia) Fudge is being accused of violating the Hatch Act, a law which forbids federal executive branch officials from using their official positions for certain partisan activities. Fudge has been questioned about speaking favorably of two Democratic candidates for a newly-open Senate seat in her home state of Ohio. The comments, made in response to a question during a White House press conference, may have been improper endorsements, some have alleged.
The scrutiny against Fudge is telling for how much it contrasts with the previous administration. To give one blatant example, Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recorded a speech for the Republican National Convention endorsing his boss while on an official visit to Jerusalem. According to watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, at least 16 Trump officials committed over 60 Hatch Act violations just in the month of October 2020.