On Saturday, CNN viewers bought to see a pre-recorded interview with the outgoing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms wherein the failed Democratic chief was allowed to boast about her criticisms of President Donald Trump with little or no scrutiny from weekend morning and afternoon CNN Newsroom host Fredricka Whitfield about her failed file that led to her not even bothering to run for a second time period.

By no means was it talked about that the homicide charge of the town doubled over her four-year tenure (in comparison with 29 % nationwide) as she was allowed to gloss over her dealing with of the aftermath of the police-involving loss of life of Rayshard Brooks.

 

 

As a part of the interview was proven throughout the 11:00 a.m. hour, Whitfield was seen recalling that Bottoms’s “management was examined” with a number of challenges, asking her what her expertise “taught you about your self.”

After the Atlanta Democrat boasted that she is “resilient,” and quoted Maya Angelou and Audre Lorde in tooting her personal horn, Whitfield was then seen inviting her to boast about her criticism of President Trump:

And what do you suppose the nation and the town realized about you? As a result of, as you simply talked about, it did not take lengthy earlier than you have been acknowledged not simply as a pacesetter of a municipality, however you grew to become a nation’s chief, too. And let’s discuss, you realize, significantly, throughout the Trump administration, he singled you out on a number of events. He singled out cities on a number of events — whether or not it was about immigration — you took a stand, saying you refuse to accommodate U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement detainees.

After displaying a clip of Mayor Bottoms from 2018 complaining concerning the Trump administration separating unlawful immigrant households on the border, Whitfield posed: “And also you additionally stood as much as the President when he known as Atlanta ‘crime infested,’ as if termites or rodents had infested the town. How did you do this?”

Bottoms responded by bragging that she had confronted a “bully” by talking out in opposition to the Republican President:

Nicely, I hope that what America noticed is that I am lots more durable than look. Numerous occasions, we decide individuals primarily based on what we see — what we predict we learn about them. However for leaders throughout this nation, we needed to lead within the absence of management with Donald Trump, and for somebody to come back for Atlanta and to disparage Atlanta and the management and the individuals of Atlanta in the best way that he did plenty of cities and plenty of nations — plenty of leaders throughout the nation — it wasn’t tough for me to confront that. And that is what you do if you end up confronted with a bully. You confront the bully, and infrequently occasions, the bully will stand down.

In one other a part of the interview that was performed a few hours later, Whitfield introduced up the police taking pictures of Brooks, and, with out divulging a lot element, asking her Democratic visitor if she needs she had finished something otherwise.

As Bottoms declared that she did the most effective she may beneath the circumstances, a clip of her was proven recalling that the police chief had resigned over the incident wherein she additionally known as for the police officer, Garrett Rolfe, who fired the lethal shot be fired.

 

 

It was not talked about that, after his firing, Rolfe’s employment was reinstated, and he sued the mayor for wrongful termination. Mayor Bottoms had even prejudged the officer’s actions by claiming in the aftermath that it was a “homicide.” (She equally rushed to judgment in opposition to a few cops who confronted and tased two school college students a few weeks earlier throughout violent protests.)

Viewers have been additionally not knowledgeable that the variety of homicides per 12 months within the metropolis rose from 80 in 2017 (the 12 months earlier than Bottoms took workplace) to 157 in 2020, and more than 150 so far in 2021.

CNN permitting a failed Democratic politician to revise her file was sponsored partially by Walmart. Their contact info is linked.

Transcript is as follows. Click on “increase” to learn extra.

CNN Newsroom with Fredericka Whitfield
December 18, 2021
11:18 a.m. Jap

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: It additionally implies that your management was examined. What do you suppose your management position teaches you about — or has taught you about your self?

MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS: (D-ATLANTA): That I am resilient. Similar to our metropolis is resilient, identical to our nation is resilient. And there are moments when you do not script, however inside you and inside all of us, I feel it is actually the energy and the braveness to face these moments. And I heard Maya Angelou say, “I did then what I knew to do, and when you realize higher, you do higher.” And that is what the final 4 years have been about. Cannot say it is all the time been good management, however no matter has come our means — come my means, I’ve finished the most effective that I may within the second, and — and I’ve realized that I’m deliberate and afraid of nothing, as Audrey Lord stated.

WHITFIELD: And what do you suppose the nation and the town realized about you? As a result of, as you simply talked about, it did not take lengthy earlier than you have been acknowledged not simply as a pacesetter of a municipality, however you grew to become a nation’s chief, too. And let’s discuss, you realize, significantly, throughout the Trump administration, I imply, he singled you out on a number of events. He singled out cities on a number of events — whether or not it was about immigration — you took a stand, saying you refuse to accommodate U.S. Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement detainees.

BOTTOMS (dated June 21, 2018): As a rustic, we’re higher than this. We’re higher than separating households.

WHITFIELD: And also you additionally stood as much as the President when he known as Atlanta “crime infested,” as if termites or rodents had infested the town. How did you do this?

BOTTOMS: Nicely, I — I hope that what America noticed is that I am lots more durable than I look. Numerous occasions, we decide individuals primarily based on what we see — what we predict we learn about them. However for leaders throughout this nation, we needed to lead within the absence of management with Donald Trump, and for somebody to come back for Atlanta and to disparage Atlanta and the management and the individuals of Atlanta in the best way that he did plenty of cities and plenty of nations — plenty of leaders throughout the nation — it wasn’t tough for me to confront that. And that is what you do if you end up confronted with a bully. You confront the bully, and infrequently occasions, the bully will stand down.

WHITFIELD: What guided you thru that?

BOTTOMS: I feel it’s a deep-seated braveness that is most likely been part of who I’m for my total life. Rising up — having the advantage of rising up in Atlanta as a toddler, an African American youngster. You see leaders who appear to be you. And also you see people who find themselves doing extraordinary issues. So, it by no means occurred to me that I could not be brave or that I could not do one thing extraordinary. As a result of there are all the time examples round me, from my lecturers to my grandparents, and my mother and father, to the mayor and the individuals you noticed on tv. They have been part of our neighborhood. And that is the fantastic thing about rising up in a metropolis like Atlanta. And I am so glad that in the identical means as a toddler that I used to be in a position to emulate that illustration that Atlanta nonetheless represents that magic to individuals throughout the nation.

WHITFIELD: You’re the daughter of R&B icon Main Lance and your mother, who’s a hair stylist and hair salon proprietor, Sylvia Robinson. It was actually in your DNA, proper, to be outspoken, to be ready. How a lot do you’re feeling such as you have been drawing upon the spirit of your mother and father? As you have been enduring a lot. I like to, you realize, pay homage to our mother and father as a result of we’re all of the byproduct of their greatness, proper.

BOTTOMS: Sure.

WHITFIELD: So, within the case of your mother and father, how do you’re feeling such as you drew some inspiration from them to deal with this stuff?

BOTTOMS: What I noticed with my mom and what I noticed with the ladies who have been coming to her hair salon have been simply ladies who confronted on a regular basis challenges however they nonetheless made certain that on the skin they seemed good. And that they went out and so they did the easiest that they may do for his or her households and their communities. And with my dad, in moments that have been extraordinarily robust, I might take into consideration what he would say to me. In your worst day, you look within the mirror and also you pull it collectively and also you by no means allow them to see you sweat. And that always has been what I’ve needed to take with me in management. In moments of disaster, when the town and individuals are searching for management, with the ability to stand in entrance of them with confidence and say we do not know what we do not know, however that is our plan and that is how we’ll get via it collectively. So my mother and father — my mom remains to be with me fortunately. And my dad’s spirit is all the time with me. And their illustration and simply their perception within the prospects of our metropolis is — I actually imagine it’s the purpose I will function mayor.