Just as the polls have been
egregiously wrong in predicting election results, so have most of the pundits
in discussing the “Trump
pundits attribute Trump’s rise to his out sized personality, but if they really
faced facts, they would find the roots of his success in the mirror. The
Republican establishment is so out of step with the base of the party and they
also seem to suffer from cognitive dissonance—the inability to see what they
don’t believe.(Photo: Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist)
The base of
the party doesn’t want amnesty for those in the country illegally, they don’t
want all these trade deals that hurt American workers, and they don’t want us
involved in wars all over the world.
along advocating a simple platform: no amnesty for illegal immigrants and a
wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; trade deals that put Americans first; let other
countries protect themselves, unless there is a clear overriding American
security interest at state.
like very reasonable positions to me, notwithstanding Trump’s sometimes
bombastic rhetoric in expressing his vision for America.
pundits attribute Trump’s rise to his “racist appeal to low-educated White
voters.” In the immortal words of legendary singer Michael McDonald of the
Doobie Brothers, “what a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to
reason away; what seems to be is always better than nothing at all.”
Democrats have no choice, but to blame Trump’s rise on “racism.” They are
terrified of the lack of enthusiasm Blacks are showing for Hillary Clinton’s
presidential campaign. According to every economic indicator, Blacks
have regressed during Obama’s two terms in the White House and Democrats refuse to blame it on
their failed liberal policies; so they fall back on their tried and true—the
I have warned
the Republican Party incessantly of this quadrennial exercise by the Democratic
Party, but, as usual, Republicans are yet again unprepared.
many areas of legitimate criticism one could place at Trump’s feet, but I am
amazed that no one is willing to give him credit for a tectonic shift in the
body politic that is unheard of for a Republican presidential candidate.
been roundly criticized for his cynical approach of outreach to the Black
community. I, too, have been one of his critics in this regard. Trump is just
another example of a Republican trying to do the right thing, but doing it the
single-handedly laid out in stark detail the devastating impact that liberalism
has had on the Black community more than any Republican since Richard Nixon. He
has mentioned the Black community more than the sum total of all of our
presidential candidates combined over the past generation.
He has been
roundly ridiculed by the D.C. punditocracy for this, but I challenge anyone to
name another Republican in recent memory that has devoted this much time in
their speeches to the Black community.
to some of the pathologies affecting the Black community are: school choice and
vouchers; increased access to capital for small businesses; and more funding
for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This is a pretty good
shifted the conversation from the Republican Party ignoring the Black vote to
arguing about how much of the Black vote Trump is going to get.
This is where
the tectonic shift in the political landscape has taken place and no one is
even talking about it.
this is considered the “proof of concept stage”; where one has moved beyond
whether you have a viable product to how viable the product is. No one is
arguing whether anyone will buy an electric car; the question is now how many
will be sold.
actions regarding the Black vote have now shifted the conversation from not
whether, but how much of the Black vote he will get. This is truly
If Trump had
“real” Black operatives around him who were Republican, he could truly gain a
decent amount of support from the Black community; but he, unfortunately has
surrounded himself with Blacks who are not up to the task.
begging the Republican Party to give them a reason to vote Republican. The door
is still cracked just a little for this to happen this cycle, but there must be
a more substantive approach to the Black community by Blacks, who have
credibility both in the party and in our community.
This has been
the missing ingredient. If Trump can correct this in short order, double-digit
support from within the Black community is not out of the question.
is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a
federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in
the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more
information about BAFBF, visit www.bafbf.org
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