Arizona Republican Goes AWOL After Being Caught Declaring ‘White Pride’ After Charlottesville
Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has come under fire for a controversial comment on Facebook after a violent rally involving white-nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.
Hours after the white nationalist terrorist attack that rocked Charlottesville, Miller posted on her personal Facebook account, “I’m WHITE — and proud of it.”
“I’m sick and tired of being hit for being white,” she wrote on Facebook hours after the violence. “It is all about making us feel like we need to apologize. I am WHITE — and proud of it! No apologies necessary.”
After receiving an avalanche of negative comments, Miller refused to attend Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
Miller sent an email to county officials at 6:13 a.m. saying that she would be “unable” to attend the meeting, but didn’t give a reason, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
“I am sending this to notify you that I will be unable to attend today’s board meeting: August 21, 2017,” Miller wrote in an email. “Please notify the Chair.”
A large number of people spoke out against Miller’s comments, including hecklers from both supporters and opponents of Miller.
Miller has also submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for all phone, computer and social media records from all 7,000 public employees. She also seeks “any and all copies of verbal and written communications, including but not limited to emails, social media accounts, phone calls and letters from anyone; including members of the public, all county employees, County Administrator, any and all elected officials, communications department employees, County attorney office employees, as well as each and every one of the Board of supervisors members related to the request for the opinion you just issued regarding my comments on a Facebook post.”
During an appearance on the James T. Harris radio show, she said that her Facebook post was meant to blame “the simple-minded identity politics that defines us based on nothing more than the color of our skin. She also cites “gotcha politics,” a term often used by former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), who used the term to describe accountability by media.