By Roger Caldwell
In the last two weeks, the Black vote has become important to Donald Trump and his campaign. Trump to this point has refused all invitations to speak at any of the historical Black organization conventions, and hold any rallies in the Black community. Maybe he has been too busy with white supremacist, and the Alt-Right to make time for the Black community.
Trump has a long history of nasty racist comments to Blacks, Hispanics, President Obama, women, Muslims, and sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to Black and Hispanic tenants. As Trump’s poll numbers started going in the wrong direction, he realized that he needed the Black vote.
“It takes a lot of nerve to ask people he’s ignored and mistreated for decades, ‘What do you have to lose?’ The answer is everything, “says Hillary Clinton in a speech on last Thursday in Nevada.
“But the hard truth is, there’s no other Donald Trump. This is it. Maya Angelou once said: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’ Well throughout his career and his campaign, Donald Trump has shown us exactly who he is. We should believe him.”
Hillary, on the other hand, has a rich and respectful relationship with the African American community. Based on her work as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, she has positioned herself as a humanitarian and supporter of children, women, minorities and the poor. She has supported “the Black Lives Matter” movement and committed herself to fairness, empowerment, and progress.
For the last thirty years, Hillary has worked to eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and hatred. During this entire campaign, Hillary has spoken at African American conventions, Black church conventions ,HBCUs, Black businesses and political conventions, and walking through the community, and talking to the residents. There is a deep level of respect between her and the community, and over ninety percent of Blacks will vote for her in the election.
But Trump who has denigrated and belittled Blacks at his rallies, and encouraged his supporters to violently throw Black protesters out of his events, is now calling Hillary a bigot. “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” says Trump at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi.
This statement comes as Trump finds himself trailing Hillary among minority voters by an overwhelming percentage. Even though Trump has no evidence to substantiate his claim, it is important for him to keep throwing stuff against the wall, and maybe it will stick.
With less than seventy days until the election, Trump has decided to call Hillary, whatever she calls him. If Hillary says Trump is unfit to be President, he will say the same for her. When Hillary says Trump is lying, he says Hillary lies every day, and this is the game he is playing.
But Trump is really losing support when the Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, calls his statement the textbook definition of a racist comment when he said a federal judge was incapable of doing his job solely because of his heritage. As Trump continues to defend derogatory statements, he cannot justify his merger with the Alt-Right, which is short for the “Alternative Right.”
The Wall Street Journal describes the Alt-Right as, “a loosely organized movement, mostly online, that rejects mainstream conservatism, promotes nationalism and views immigration and multiculturalism as threats to white identify.” The majority of this segment of the population belongs to a mostly radical group, who is White, male, blue collar, rural and live in a red state.
Donald Trump is a man with a long history of racial discrimination, and would fit the qualifications for being called a bigot and a racist. It is easy to call someone a name, but it takes evidence and proof to make it stick.