Trump Made An Aggressive New Pitch To Black Voters. It Didn’t Go Well.

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    Andy Brown
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    Donald Trump faces a number of challenges in his quest to win the presidency. One is his stunning unpopularity with African-American voters.

    A recent poll found that Trump trailed Hillary Clinton among African-American by a margin of 92–2. Polls the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, found that Trump attracted zero percent of the black vote. (Even Mitt Romney, running against the first African-American president, managed to get 6%.)

    Speaking in Michigan, Trump offered a blunt appeal to African-American voters: “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth in unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

    His message was not well received. Of course, many blacks — like many other Americans — face challenges. But Trump lumped all blacks together into a single, monolithic, desperate group.

    The black poverty rate is too high but most blacks, more than 72%, do not live in poverty. The black unemployment rate is too high but 92% of blacks in the labor force have jobs.

    His appeal ignored the community’s diversity and relied on perpetuating negative stereotypes.

    This approach (perpetuating stereotypes) works well with obsolete fat white misogynist racist xenophobic homophobic rural Republicans to some extent, but not with African Americans. drumpf really has no clue. Blacks have not forgotten that throughout the campaign, Trump has promoted the tweets of white supremacists, including one featuring an inaccurate, racist meme about murder statistics that showed claims 81% of whites are killed by blacks. The actual figure is 14%.

    Trump’s task was futher complicated by his recent decision to install Steve Bannon, the head of Breitbart News, as his campaign’s CEO. At Breitbart, Bannon has promoted the voices of the “Alt-Right,” which is a euphemism for the modern white nationalist movement.

    source: Think Progress

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    “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58% of your youth in unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

    Note that the unemployment rate Trump claimed was for black YOUTH.

    The black unemployment rate is too high but 92% of blacks in the labor force have jobs.

    Note that this alleged employment rate is not restricted to black YOUTHs. The figure Trump quoted is very close to what Bernie Sanders quoted at 51%, which was fact checked and accurate when taking into account those not in the workforce.

    #22686
    Andy Brown
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    drumpf saw that he was getting 1% from black people and said “too high” said one voter. Another said drumpf “is getting African American outreach wrong in the exact way that the GOP has been getting it wrong for my entire life.” Another voter at drumpf’s Wisconsin rally noted “The only black people I’ve seen here in the last four and a half hours are employees of the venue.”

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    LurkingGrendel
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    Note: the numbers Donald quoted are a lie.

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