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Fani Willis Speaks Out on Special Prosecutor Role: Black Women Held to Impossible Standards

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis addressed allegations of impropriety in her hiring of special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who was working on a case involving former President Donald Trump.

She defended her hiring decisions, emphasizing that she paid all special prosecutors the same hourly rate and insinuating that criticism of Wade is racially motivated.

Willis also mentioned that Wade’s credentials were impeccable and questioned the double standard in judgment based on race and gender.

She expressed the need for grace and support, emphasizing that black women cannot be expected to be perfect.

“Lord, your flawed, hard-headed, and imperfect child, I’m a little confused. I appointed three special counselors. Is my right to do? Paid them all the same hourly rate? They only each had one,” Willis said.

“I hired one white woman, a good personal friend and great lawyer. A superstar, I tell you. I hired one white man, brilliant, my friend, and a great lawyer. And I hired one black man, another superstar, a great friend, and a great lawyer.”

“Oh Lord, they’re going to be mad when I call them out on this nonsense. First thing they say, ‘Oh, she’s going to play the race card now.’ But no God, isn’t it them who’s playing the race card when they only question one?” Willis said.

“Isn’t it them playing the race card when they constantly think I need someone from some other jurisdiction in some other state to tell me how to do a job I’ve been doing almost 30 years.”

“Wasn’t it them that attacked this lawyer of impeccable credentials? The black man I chose has been a judge more than 10 years, run a private practice more than 20, represented businesses in civil litigation,” she added, saying “I ain’t done ya’ll.”

“How come God, the same black man I hired, was acceptable when a Republican in another county hired him and paid him twice the rate? Oh y’all didn’t hear me. Another county, the elected official, has the authority to pay him twice the rate. Why is the white male Republican’s judgment good enough, but the black female Democrats’ not?”

“You cannot expect black women to be perfect and save the world,” Willis said. “The Lord is completing us. We are not perfect. We need your prayers. We need to be allowed to stumble. We need grace. With that kind of support, we will move mountains and do Jesus’ will, stumbling all the way.”

Georgia Republicans have called for an investigation into Willis, and she has been served with a subpoena related to the divorce proceedings of Wade and his wife.

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