Conservative Nominee Tapped for Post in Kenya Gets Grilling from Dems

Democrats are challenging President Trump’s nominee from the Midwestern state of Illinois for the post of U.S. ambassador to Kenya. State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s conservative views run the gamut from opposition to gay rights, restrictions on immigration and locking up former Senator Hillary Clinton.

A White House release said McCarter would be “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kenya.”

The post requires Senate confirmation. Last week, State Sen. McCarter was questioned by members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Chris Murphy asked Mr. McCarter about his opposition to state legislation protecting immigrants from being detained solely because of their immigration status. At the same time, the U.S. is pushing Kenya to accept more immigrants who are housed in Dadaab, the world’s largest camp for refugees.

Victoria McCarter and Sen. Kyle McCarter

A quarter of a million registered refugees and asylum seekers live in Dadaab. Since last year, nine refugees awaiting resettlement in the U.S. took their lives after President Trump slashed the number to be admitted from 110,000 a year to 45,000.

Senator Tim Kaine questioned Mr. McCarter on an election night tweet he sent out that read” “Hillary for Prison. No, really.”

“Do you honestly believe Hillary Clinton should be in prison?”, the Senator asked.

“I am not one to say anyone should be accused unjustly,” Mr. McCarter replied. “There is hype in an election that was perhaps not called for… It was perhaps not the wisest of tweets,” he acknowledged.

Mr. McCarter and his family were missionaries in Kenya from 1987 to 1989, working for a charity established by McCarter’s father called Each One Feed One. Upon returning to Illinois, Mr. McCarter won a state senate seat with the backing of the local Tea Party.

His legislative history includes a support for a bill to allow Catholic charities to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples and unmarried couples in adoption and foster care placements. He helped defeat an anti-bullying bill because, he said, it would promote homosexuality. In 2015, he opposed a bill to fund treatment for heroin addicts even though his daughter, Amber, died of an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. “I don’t think these government sponsored programs work,” he said, by way of an explanation.

 

Source via Global Information Network

1 Comment

  1. Speaker of Truth on January 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This mans prior votes and actions driven by a clearly outdated far right mentality should be enough to disqualify him for service. However, Now as he was nominated for a new position his name has been in the forefront of his mind and I wanted to offer you some information you may not have been aware of. Especially considering his very beliefs in fact led to the death of his daughter. Amber McCarter did not come from a loving home as much as Kyle would like to paint that picture politically. In fact her death could realistically be attributed directly to the actions of her father. Amber McCarter’s struggle with addiction may have came from bad choices but those bad choices were fueled by mental issues, specifically PTSD, after spending nearly two years in an abusive religious boarding school her parents sent her to. At 16 she was sent to Palm Lane (one of two schools owned by the same people shut down for abuse and worse, the other school being Mount Park) after her parents discovered she had sexual contact with her then boyfriend. After two years of abuse including mental torture, physical abuse and more she finally returned home to parents who consistently belittled and attacked her on their religious morality, her weight and more. Multiple times they completely turned their back on her or mentally abused her simply for living her life. Not drugs, promiscuity or other such things but simply dating or listening to non religious music or again her weight. They denied her help multiple times when she asked for it and she never actually went to rehab, she was stuck on a waiting list for the only rehab they were willing to send her to because of their Christian beliefs and because of their connections to the facility. Her memorial was in fact nothing but a fundraiser for this very facility and this following her being cremated, a final violation of her own wishes as she always said she didn’t want to be cremated. Before we honor a man for his “bravery” and continue to reward him politically people should know he and his wife are in fact directly responsible for the death of his daughter

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