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Southern Poverty declares war on Trump, with Michelle Obama aide’s help


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The Southern Poverty Law Center is fundraising for a wide-ranging war on President Trump, and has enlisted a top aide to former first lady Michelle Obama who played a key role in the dropping of felony charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.


Trump’s name was used five times in a fundraising memo from Bryan Fair, chairman of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s board of directors.

“Given the rising tide of hate and given the callousness of the Trump administration, our work is as critical as ever. I can assure you that we will continue to work as hard as we can to combat the forces of hate and bigotry and to seek justice for the most marginalized people in our country,” he wrote in the memo provided to Secrets and subsequently posted on the center’s webpage.

Fair also revealed that SPLC, which has been rocked by scandal recently, has brought on Obama’s chief of staff to help in its efforts.

“We’ve just launched an initiative with Tina Tchen — a former chief of staff for Michelle Obama and one of the leading voices behind the Times UP Legal Defense Fund — to advise us on workplace culture issues. Everyone who works at the SPLC deserves a workplace that reflects our highest values, and we’re committed to making sure that it happens,” he wrote.

Tchen’s involvement in the shocking move to drop the charges against Smollett of making a false hate crime claim to police has been a key focus in the Chicago media, which has reported she contacted the prosecutor’s office with concerns about the probe.:snip:

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