Trump campaign chair in Ohio: "There wasn't any racism until Obama got elected"

Kathy Miller of Trump's Ohio campaign said it's black people's "fault" if they've been unsuccessful for 50 years

Published September 22, 2016 5:12PM (EDT)

Kathy Miller, a Donald Trump campaign chair in Ohio's Mahoning County, called the Black Lives Matter movement "a stupid waste of time" in a video interview for The Guardian published on Thursday.

"There wasn't any racism until [President Barack] Obama got elected," she said. "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 further blamed black people for any real or perceived oppression.

"If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault," she argued. "When you look at the last 50 years, where are we and why? We have three generations of all still having unwed babies, kids that don't go through high school. I mean, when do they take responsibility for how they live?"

"You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to," Miller added off camera. "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."

Watch and read about Miller's interview on The Guardian.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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