The Twitterverse has reacted in revulsion to Donald Trump’s insulting pitch to African Americans – made before a white crowd – asking, “What the hell do you have to lose?” by voting for him. But not Dr. Ben Carson!
Raw Story explains what was wrong with Trump’s so-called appeal:
Friday night in Michigan, Trump himself attempted to rustle up some black votes — albeit in front of a predominately white audience — only to further inflame black sentiment against him with a cynical and condescending pitch that implied that all African-Americans live in abject poverty and whose lives could not get any worse.
“Look at how much African-American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” Trump shouted at a crowd of his supporters. “You live in your 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?”
As noted by Philip Bump of the Washington Post, Trump’s appeal insults the millions of black voters who don’t live in poverty and who are well-informed enough to reject a Republican Party that is considered anti-minority — going so far as to attempt to suppress the back vote with onerous voter ID laws such as seen in North Carolina.
All that was almost entirely ignored by host and apparent Trump fan, Uma Pemmaraju. But even she noted that “critics pounced” on Trump, “saying that those remarks were made before a largely white audience.”
As she spoke, the lower third read, “Trump predicts he can win 95% of black vote in White House bid.” Right now, only 1% of African Americans support him.
But for Carson, there was nothing not to love. “The important thing is, he’s starting to reach out,” Carson said about Trump, as if the campaign were just beginning and not going into its final stretch.
“Why should they believe someone like Donald Trump right now?” a surprisingly challenging Pemmaraju asked. She also wanted to know if Carson expects Trump to take his message “directly into the inner cities” and “drive it home.”
“Without question,” Carson assured her. “He’s not like your traditional politician. All they do is they pander and they promise.”
The fact is, Trump doesn’t seem to have even gone that far.
Even worse, Trump just hired an “Alt-White” guy, Stephen Bannon, to run his campaign.
Not surprisingly, Pemmaraju didn’t bring up Bannon.
Instead, Carson talked about how liberals want to “redivide” or “redistribute” the "pie" whereas what Trump is “talking about is making a lot of pies.”
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“Trump tells Fox host black Americans have ‘no education, no anything’ — so they should vote for him”
Think Progress is covering this too and points out Trump is – prepare to be shocked – lying once again when he says blacks have no health care. Most do – if one bothers to consider the facts.
Moving on to education, the issue isn’t blacks have no education. The issue, imho, is access to an equal education. I live in a Southern city and witnessed white flight in the 60s to the suburbs. I could count the number of blacks in my high school graduating class of ’77 with 1 hand and have fingers left over.
As an aside, to those who wonder about my family, my parents ironically couldn’t afford in the late ‘50s to buy a house in the city so had to live about 17 miles outside of it and saw the white flight literally build endless suburbs and strip malls around our once isolated neighborhood. As a young child, mom and I drove 30 minutes to the city to grocery shop. Now that idea sounds comical as those grocery stores are all closed and I can’t drive 5 minutes in the ’burbs without passing a Kroger, Food Lion, etc.
Then there’s college. Certainly, America has many colleges and universities. I’ll make an unconventional observation we may have too many. However, the issue goes beyond access to just any college – though that’s a huge issue if you’re poor and disadvantaged – but admission to the finest colleges and universities to get the best education to aspire to a rich, fulfilling career. Not driving an Uber cab. Or flipping burgers to pay off your debt to for-profit farce ‘University’ of Phoenix.
Though even the best schools don’t guarantee a great education, I suppose (but at least looks good on a resume). Babbling fool The Donald brags of graduating from “super genius stuff” Wharton School of Business. Daddy gave him millions. Did daddy do his homework as well? Too bad daddy isn’t around to straighten out junior as a presidential candidate. Starting with washing his bigoted mouth out with soap!
There were stories about city services being cut completely (such as silly things like street lights) and people were having their power cut off without any notice.
Yeah. I’m sure the African-Americans living in Detroit just love their “local” GOP overlords. (Remember—the City does have a mayor and city council but they have virtually ZERO say in anything.)
And, maybe “Todd” would like to explain how much better life has been for African-Americans living in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC—where funding is COMPLETELY in the hands of the GOP-controlled Congress. If Washington’s voters pass a law that the GOP objects to, Congress simply cuts off funds until the law is rescinded.
And, “Todd,” don’t forget that African-Americans living in “red” states tend to be “shunted” into veritable ghettos because of state funding issues which (for some silly reason) tend to go to the white communities and suburbs of those African-American cities. “White flight” has been a major problem for decades and it’s largely been the GOP which has helped aggravate the situation. Redistricting Congressional seats after a Census, for instance—GOP state legislatures made certain to pack as many minority voters (ie, African-Americans, Hispanics, etc) into single districts as they could, helping to keep as few minority groups as possible in whiter districts. And guess what happens? When you wind up with more white/GOP districts, those GOP congressmen feel more incentivized to take a larger share of funds to send to their districts, leaving much less for the minority districts (mostly represented by Dems), even if the minority district needs the funds far more.
Most amazing to me is Uma starts off talking of pandering “politicians [who] only show up in their [blacks’ inner city neighborhoods] when it’s voting time” then rambles to the hypocrisy her hero Donald Trump should just do just that. Yep, visit the inner city to pander for votes.
Ben Carson takes the hint and says most certainly Trump will do some inner city pandering. Really? Then explain to me why The Donald skipped a chance to speak before the Urban League?
Fox News is so desperate to promote Trump they’re simply sloppy and stupid in generating some pitiful, unconvincing propaganda.
If Donald Trump was standing next to a bettor at a roulette table that would be an appropriate question. But asking minorities to change political allegiance without one word of discourse??
Trump could make a better argument saying, “I know you are!! But what am I??”.
I’m telling you this guy ain’t even trying.
Trump has asked for blacks’ support – “I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different future” – and they responded. The result marked nothing short of a political earthquake representing more than a million potential voters suddenly swinging in Trump’s direction. That’s huge. The “do-nothing” Democrats are now scared.
But, no matter what Donald Trump says or how the Democrats interpret it asserting “everything is good in black America” is dishonest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVEnw82HEvc