Charlottesville Trump-Bashing Mayor Wrote Book Praising Slave Owner and Author of Three-Fifths Compromise
Charlottesville, Virginia Mayor Michael Signer blamed President Trump for the violence and deadly attack in his city on Saturday.
Signer blamed President Trump for playing on our worst prejudices.
Mayor Signer wrote a book praising James Madison who owned over a hundred slaves and the creator of the Three-Fifths Compromise.
Amazon’s review of a book on James Madison written by Mayor Signer, Charlottesville, VA reads: “Michael Signer takes a fresh look at the life of our fourth president. His focus is on Madison before he turned thirty-six, the years in which he did his most enduring work: battling with Patrick Henry—the most charismatic politician in revolutionary America, whose political philosophy and ruthless tactics eerily foreshadowed those of today’s Tea Party—over religious freedom; introducing his framework for a strong central government; becoming the intellectual godfather of the Constitution; and providing a crucial role at Virginia’s convention to ratify the Constitution in 1788, when the nation’s future hung in the balance. Signer’s young James Madison is a role model for the leaders so badly needed today.”
Note: Madison, who owned over 100 slaves, originated the Three-Fifths Compromise, which counted slaves as three fifths of a person for the purposes of taxation and legislative representation.
On Sunday, August 13, 2017 CBS Face the Nation, the Mayor had this exchange the host John Dickerson:
DICKERSON: “Mr. Mayor, the president said that he wanted to know what was going on in Charlottesville and that we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country, he said. What’s your answer to that?”
SIGNER: “You know, I don’t want to make this too much about Donald Trump, we have a lot of grieving, a lot of work to do as a– as a city and as a country, but he should look in the mirror. I mean, he made a choice in his presidential campaign, the folks around with him, to, you know, go right to the gutter, to play on our worst prejudices. And I think you are seeing a direct line from what happened here this weekend to those choices. He has the opportunity, as do we all, to have a fresh beginning.”