Many voters realize Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is bigoted, racist, misogynistic, and is an overall a**hole. However, even with campaign shakeups, management changes, and desperate attempts at getting him to stick to the teleprompter, he keeps sticking his orange glowing foot in his big mouth by refusing to do so.
At this point in the election, Trump is in desperate need of support from African-American voters. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is far ahead of him in that department. In fact, he only has one percent of support from African Americans. So, it is reasonable that he is pitching to the African-American community. The problem is he’s doing a really bad job of it.
In Dimondale, Michigan, Trump delivered a speech Friday which insinuated African Americans should vote for him because they are dumb, poor, and jobless. The Huffington Post reported Trump pleaded with black voters:
‘Look how much African-American communities are suffering under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?’
The problem is Trump is not some different brand of toothpaste you try when your old toothpaste isn’t working as well anymore. He is the Republican candidate for the highest office in America. Furthermore, he went on to tell African Americans DIRECTLY that they were poor, they were dumb and jobless, and that’s why they should vote for him.
‘You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?’
Many complain that Democrats broadly accuse Republicans of having low IQs; however, Trump directly spoke to a group of society and told them they were poor, dumb, and jobless. This broad claim in no way represents every African American in our country.
Furthermore, a survey this month shows black voters are “actually more likely” to be hopeful about the future of America. The poll showed that 51 percent of black Americans believe life is better than it was 50 years ago as compared to 33 percent of white voters and 40 percent of Hispanic voters.
He also made the foolish claim he would have the support of 95 percent of black Americans at the end of his first term, which is ludicrous.
The Clinton campaign responded to Trump’s speech the same day when director of state campaigns and political engagement Marlon Marshall issued this statement:
‘Donald Trump asks what the African-American community has to lose by voting for him. The answer is everything from a man who questions the citizenship of the first African-American President, courts white supremacists, and has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. Trump painting the entire community as living in poverty with no jobs continues to show he is completely out of touch with the African-American community.’
Indeed he is completely out of touch with the African-American community, considering he pointed out an African American in a rally crowd and said this piece of gold, “Look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about? OK.”
Anyone with common sense and common decency would know that’s far from the appropriate thing to say considering it sounds like a line from Twelve Years A Slave.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) August 19, 2016
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