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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron hit back at Megan Thee Stallion in a wide-ranging Tuesday morning interview on Fox News, saying the rapper’s comments about him during a performance over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live”
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has been at the center of the Breonna Taylor investigation for months and has faced heat in recent weeks following his recommendation that just one of three officers who fired their weapons the night Taylor was killed should be charged.
Cameron’s media appearances have been few and far between since his press conference detailing his decision on Sept. 23. But he took some time Tuesday morning to sit down on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program and take several questions.
Here’s a quick look at what Cameron said:
Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘disgusting’ ‘SNL’ criticism
Live from New York, Cameron was ripped over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live” by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who played a clip of social justice activist Tamika Mallory referring to the attorney general as “no different than the sellout negroes that sold our people into slavery,” before saying protecting Black women is important.
Cameron had been relatively quiet following that criticism, though on Monday he brought attention to an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson earlier in the week in which he’d told the host that “celebrities” were among the many who had misrepresented the facts of the case his responsibility as attorney general is “to the truth and to the information.”
‘Protect Black women’: Megan Thee Stallion sends powerful Breonna Taylor message on ‘SNL’
Mallory ripped into Attorney General Daniel Cameron and spoke about how the group was committed to justice for Breonna Taylor
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Cameron said Megan Thee Stallion was correct in saying Black women should be protected and reiterated that Taylor’s death was tragic. But the personal comments she played about him, Cameron said, were “disgusting.”
Still, Cameron said he wasn’t surprised. He’s been criticized as a Black Republican before, he said, dating back to his time at the University of Louisville, and he’ll be criticized again, he continued.
“The fact that a celebrity that I’ve never met before wants to make those sorts of statements — they don’t hurt me, but what it does is it exposes the type of intolerance that people, and the hypocrisy,” he said. “Obviously people preach about being tolerant. You’ve seen a lot of that from the left about being tolerant. But what you saw there is inconsistent with tolerance. In fact, it’s her espousing intolerance.”
There are many other Black Republicans, Cameron added, who “aren’t scared anymore” and have had enough of “the derogatory remarks that are made because of our political philosophy.”
‘Ben Crump playbook’
When asked whether he was surprised that attorneys who have represented Taylor’s family, including national civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, have called for a new special prosecutor to reopen the case and potentially press homicide charges against the officers who fired into her apartment, Cameron noted that he was the special prosecutor assigned to the case and that he has a responsibility to present the case’s grand jury with the facts, without bias.
He then took aim at Crump, who is based out of Florida but has taken on cases around the nation.
“This is the Ben Crump model,” Cameron said on the program. “He goes into a city, creates a narrative, cherry picks to prove that narrative, creates chaos in the community, misrepresents the facts, and then he leaves with his money and then asks the community to pick up the pieces. It is terribly irresponsible on his part to push such narratives, such falsehoods.”
Crump is one of several lawyers to have represented Taylor’s family, including Louisville-based attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker.
On continuing Breonna Taylor protests
Protests over Taylor’s death have continued in the weeks after Cameron’s announcement, as they had over the course of the summer.
Cameron said he’s stood up for the right to peacefully protest before, and said he recognizes that some decisions he’ll make as attorney general will attract criticism.
A narrative that has fueled many protests was established in this case, though, Cameron said, that does not line up with the facts of the case. The attorney general said the officers involved in Taylor’s death were justified in firing into the residence after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired the first shot after Louisville Metro Police officers had entered Taylor’s apartment.
“I think most people recognize — because of the facts that have come out in this case, all the facts that have come out — that the officers were justified in returning fire,” Cameron said. “Again, the tragedy is that Ms. Taylor was hit in that return fire.”
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