Donald Trump, at every opportunity, displays a shocking level of racial insensitivity, from claiming to have an African-American of his own, to telling Michael Savage that “Obama’s people…like me better than they like [Hillary Clinton].”
“Obama’s people.” Really? He quickly corrected to African-Americans, but the damage was done.
This is how the conversation went (Entire interview; Trump’s comment comes at 7:30 mark):
Michael Savage: “Donald, listen. And this is very important. I have seen this and I think you just hinted at it. The whole election hinges on turnout. That is why the media is trying to make people think you’ve already lost the election. It’s not so much to encourage the Hillary voters. It’s to discourage the Trump voters who should throw their hands up and say, ‘Oh, we can’t win.’ That’s the worst thing that can happen. Their internal polls, according to my analysis, shows that they’re in deep trouble and they are desperate to get the voter turn out. But we need to keep the voter turnout up even higher than she does.”
Donald Trump: “Well, I think their polls are showing that our people are gonna turn out and their people, they’re worried about that. Because nobody cares about Hillary Clinton. And Obama’s people aren’t gonna – African Americans are not showing up to vote for Hillary Clinton. They like me better than they like her.”
Trump reiterated his claim that,
“I’m gonna do a better job and certainly with the inner cities and all these problems that they’ve been lying about for years, Clinton and the Democrats. And I think we’re gonna do great with the African-Americans. But I’ll tell you this. Just in a nutshell, they are very worried that their people aren’t gonna turn out. That’s what they are – and they know my people are turning out.”
In reality, Trump’s support among African-Americans is so low as to be effectively ZERO.
Of course, the GOP knows this and is prepared for it, having done every thing in their power to neutralize the black vote through voter ID laws and early voting cuts.
And in fact, his pick for VP, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who back in August laughed openly at Trump’s claim he would win 95 percent of the black vote, may be about to suppress 50,000 African-American votes in his home state with a repressive voter ID law.
Donald Trump is either delusional or just can’t help but lie at every opportunity.
Remember, this is a man who held what he claimed was an African-American town hall in a room full of white people.
This doesn’t sound like the actions of a campaign confident of the black vote. What it does sound like a campaign tone-deaf to everyone but its angry white base.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.