(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Hollywood producer and screenwriter John Ridley lectured the American people in a “Morning Joe” appearance on Tuesday, insisting that white GOP congressmen should not question the actions of black Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
Ridley, best known for the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, went out of his way to defend the George Soros-backed Bragg, whose integrity has been called into question by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., among others.
In particular, Ridley’s rant targeted McCarthy, who recently asserted that Bragg’s machinations are “just political.”
“What I hear from privileged white men talking about the weaponization of the law, they don’t know what they are talking about,” Ridley began.
“As a black man, the law has been weaponized against us, going back to the Constitution and being considered three-fifths of human beings,” he added, alluding to the three-fifths compromise that helped compel slaveholding states to ratify the U.S. Constitution by granting them more voting power.
Ridley proceeded to mention a laundry list of historical grievances, including “slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, segregation, the Chinese Exclusion Act.”
He also railed against what some perceive to be police brutality.
“As black and brown people, we’re told that part of the problem with negative interactions between community and police is that we don’t comply… that we don’t listen to law enforcement,” he said.
According to the movie producer, black men should not have to answer to white men, even if summoned to appear before Congress.
“When you have the Kevin McCarthys of the world saying to a black prosecutor, you need to come in and answer questions—yeah, I’m sorry, we’re not living on the plantation anymore,” Ridley said.
On Morning Joe, screenwriter John Ridley sticks up for Alvin Bragg: "When you have the Kevin McCarthys of the world say to the black prosecutor ‘you need to come in and answer questions’ — I'm sorry, we’re not living on the plantation any more." pic.twitter.com/egsSoc9jiN
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) March 22, 2023
Ridley was not the only figure on the Left who frantically sought to push back on Republicans for threatening to hold Bragg accountable.
Freshman Rep. Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., considered by some to be the protégé of serial liar Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushed the backward claim that GOP lawmakers were trying to “obstruct” Bragg’s probe by threatening to call him before Congress, Breitbart reported.
Defending Trump is not a legitimate legislative purpose for Congress to investigate a state district attorney.
Congress has no jurisdiction to investigate the Manhattan DA, which receives no federal funding nor has any other federal nexus. https://t.co/cdllE5Blst
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) March 20, 2023