HE IS REACHING OUT TO MODERATE WHITE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH HIS RACIALLY-TINGED MESSAGE
TO “THE BLACKS,” DON’T BE FOOLED, TRUMP IS NOT LOOKING FOR YOUR VOTE
If you are an African American, or anything remotely close to what Republican nominee Donald Trump calls “the blacks,” then you must have heard that he tried to reach out for your vote at a rally in Dimondale, Michigan, a city that is almost two hours away from Detroit with a population that is 93 percent white. If you melted and you are now considering to vote for him, you’re a fool. Thankfully, most African Americans, just like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are street smart and they know a con when they see one. Just to be clear, Trump is currently polling at 1 percent of the African American support and he is under no illusions that he can turn that around with less than 3 months to go before the elections. That has not stopped him from making some really inane assertions such as he would get 95 percent of African American vote in four year if elected, an absurd prospect that even his own running mate Mike Pence laughed off as deranged on Fox News.
“Look at how much African Americans have suffered under Democrats,” Trump said in a nasty tone that sounded more like he was celebrating the statement than attempting to state a fact. “What do you have to lose by trying something new. Like Trump? What do you have to lose? He said and paused to soak up the cheers from the mostly white crowd, his stern face partially hidden in the shadow cast by the peak of his Make America Great Again baseball cap. He looked angry at something.
“I say it again, what do you have to lose? what do you have to lose?” Trump repeated in his usual bizarre speaking style where he repeats the last word or sentence, not clear why he does it because unlike most people, who repeat words or phrases for emphasis, Trump does it sometimes even with words and phrases that don’t have any rhetorical impact.
Then he really went for it and made his pitch, and for someone who has built a multi-billion dollar company, the master deal-maker, the guy who calls himself the best at selling things ranging from ties made in China and amazing buildings with his name splashed all over them, it was perhaps the worst sales job many have witnessed– if it were a sales pitch at all. But we all know it wasn’t.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump spat maniacally.
He attempted his pseudo-African American outreach again a few days later, in Akron Ohio, this time he expanded his outreach to include Hispanics and proceeded to compare African American populated cities to war zones.
“Poverty, rejection, horrible education, no housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen. You could go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting, and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities.” Trump said. Yes, he actually compared some American cities to war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.
As if that was not bad enough, Trump switched gears and put on his law and order hat, his now regular shtick where he pretends that only he can fix things.
“We will be able to get rid of the crime, you’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now you walk down the street you get shot,” Trump said with such finality you’d think if you walked down the street you’d find it littered with bodies of African Americans and Hispanics killed by gun violence.
Trump is wrong and delusional.
Where do we start?. First of all his facts are wrong. According to The State of Working America, 27.4 percent of African Americans live in poverty. That is a high number but it certainly does not constitute all African Americans. On that point alone, Trump insulted 72 percent of African Americans. Maybe his calculation is with his dismal poll numbers within the African American community, offending 72 percent of that demographic still puts him on a better footing. Hell, if he gains 2 percent it’s still an improvement. It would be fun to point out all the things Trump got wrong in his statements but that would be playing to his tune, which is to get the media to fall for his ruse that he is reaching out to African Americans, when in fact he is reaching out to white Republican moderates who are considering to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or staying home because they are uncomfortable with Trump’s charged rhetoric that a lot of people consider racist.
Trump is essentially trying to inoculate those voters who cannot bring themselves to voting for somebody perceived to be racist but are uncomfortable voting for the Democratic alternative. By reaching out to African Americans, however condescending, clumsy or unbelievable, he gives them the cover to say, “hey look, he is reaching out to African Americans, he is trying, it’s their fault not to vote for him.”
But consider this, if you’re trying to reach out to a group, doesn’t it make sense to go where you can find them? Why reach out to African Americans in front of an almost all-white crowd, some carrying signs hostile to African Americans such as “the silent majority stands with Trump?”
Trump has not been a friend of African Americans. His birther attacks on President Barack Obama where he claimed that his birth certificate was fake and that he was a secret Muslim were racist. He has attracted a large following of white nationalists and when asked to distance himself from the endorsement of KKK’s David Duke he pretended not to have heard the question or knowing Duke. And during his early business days, Trump’s businesses blocked African Americans from renting his apartments according to a 1973 lawsuit cited by the Daily Beast. Investigation found the superintendents at the Trump properties were instructed to label every application for a rental apartment from African Americans to be labelled with “C” meaning colored, a code that signaled reviewers to deny the rental.
There are more reasons for African Americans not to vote for Trump documented here by liberal website Ring of Fire.
There is a lot to lose by voting for Trump if you’re African American. The Clinton campaign has also compiled a list of several reasons here why there will be plenty to lose by voting Trump.
Don’t be fooled, Trump doesn’t care about African Americans, if he did he would have shown us a long time ago by coming up with serious policies that can solve issues affecting African Americans. He would have invited more African Americans to the Republican National Convention and made their issues part of his platform and he would not have attacked Obama along racial lines. His last minute outreach is another condescending example that his views of African Americans are based from absolute stereotypes from the Jim Crow era.
It begs the question, what era is Trump nostalgic about when says “Make America Great Again?”