Teacher Kristin Mink, who confronted Trump EPA Chief Scott Pruitt in a restaurant over his mounting scandals and asked him to resign, joins The Beat. Ari asks Mink to defends her actions,
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Kristin Mink Responds To Calls For Civility
Given the Trump Administration Fire Hose of atrocities, this is already old news, still it belongs in this collection dedicated to provoking some deeper thought about what we are doing to ourselves and how we Children of the Intellectual Enlightenment will confront the attack on Democracy, our way of governing and rational thinking that is currently underway.
The Beat With Ari Melber
Published by MSNBC on Jul 3, 2018
At 6:00 Kristin Mink responds:
Let me say this first is that I think that this whole debate about civility is a waste of time. I wish that that the left would stop talking about it because civility is not the issue here!
You have people who are speaking up there's no violence involved you know this is literally people voicing what it is they care about, to the people whose salaries they pay.
Right, so if they want to then turn that conversation away from the issues and to, oh it's not the right time, it's not the right place, you're not doing your job. If you're doing your job properly as a civil servant you want to hear from the people who are paying your taxes. You want to hear from the people who you're supposed to be supporting and taking care of.
( note - Keep in mind Pruitt’s many secret meetings with powerful industry leaders, all the while evading and stonewalling the public; and our press (USA’s Fourth Estate); and science, as much as possible. Then there’s Pruitt’s Kremlin level passion for secrecy. Why did he need all that secrecy? We know, so that he could vandalize the E.P.A. out of sight.
Our environment is more than an externality!
This ME FIRST cult proudly despises environmental protections because it cuts into profits. Collectively they are so myopic as to believe our society lives by profits alone - never appreciating that it’s a healthy environment that provides our life support systems along with all we hold near and dear.
E.P.A. was created to protect the common health - but now it’s been given over to a gang for whom profits are more important that people or honesty or ethics. )
Kristin Mink continues: So the issue here is not civility and the whole idea obviously this shouldn't even need to be said but the whole idea of talking about civility is ridiculous considering who we have as our president who has done so many things that are outside the box of civility and kindness and goodness.
It's ridiculous to even spend time on this, you know and I know that. Representative Maxine Waters you know made some comments about this and that some people on the Left have not been supportive of her. I think that’s ridiculous.
We should not be spending time nitpicking people who want to criticize others for simply speaking out about what they believe in and I think that it's my it's my right (and duty) as a citizen, it’s my responsibility as a mother and the same thing goes for everybody else in America. …