Pursuing The Elusive “Black Vote”

Wait . . . what?

Wait . . . what?

Every four years or so we see a lot of discussion about how Republicans can increase their share of votes from members of the black community. The elite consensus always seems to be that Republicans should:

1. Stop being racist

2. Offer more free stuff government benefits.


Trump: GOP ‘must do better’ on African-American outreach

Donald Trump, whose campaign has been embroiled in countless racial controversies, called on the Republican Party to improve its outreach to black voters on Saturday.

“Outreach to the African-American community is an area where the Republican Party must do better,” said Trump, at an evening campaign stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Coming from Trump, the chiding may be hard to swallow for Republican leaders, who have seen their plans to improve minority outreach following Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss undermined by the New York businessman’s actions and inflammatory statements about minorities. The Republican nominee has repeatedly retweeted white supremacists, retweeted false statistics that blame black Americans for more murders than they actually commit, and declined to condemn the Ku Klux Klan in a television interview before later disavowing the group on Twitter.

“The GOP is the Party of Lincoln, and I want our party to be the home of the African-American vote once again. I want an inclusive country, and I want an inclusive party,” said Trump, who has made explicit appeals to black voters at recent rallies, including a widely criticized address in Michigan on Friday. A recent average of four national polls showed Trump with the support of 2 percent of black voters, behind not only Hillary Clinton at 86 percent, but also Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 5 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4 percent.

Clinton News Network:

Trump wants GOP to court black voters — then slams voting rights for felons

Donald Trump acknowledged Saturday that the Republican Party “must do better” in appealing to African-Americans.

But in the same speech here, he again slammed an order by the state’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, to restore voting rights to some convicted felons who have completed their sentences, a move McAuliffe says could help African-Americans who were disproportionally affected by laws that put lifetime bans on felons.

They can even use their parole cards as voter ID.


It’s hard to imagine a much worse pitch Donald Trump could have made for the black vote

At a rally Friday night in Dimondale, Mich., Donald Trump repeated a version of a plea to black voters that he had offered 24 hours earlier in North Carolina.

“No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African Americans,” he said, apparently pointing to individuals in the crowd. “No group. No group. If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain to the African American community, she could not have done a better job. It is a disgrace.”

“Detroit tops the list of most dangerous cities in terms of violent crime, number one,” he said from a city 90 minutes away from Detroit with a population that is 93 percent white. “This is the legacy of the Democratic politicians who have run this city. This is the result of the policy agenda embraced by crooked Hillary Clinton.”

He went on.


This was not the Teleprompter Trump that we saw in Charlotte, interlacing his prepared remarks with occasional asides. This was Traditional Trump, riffing a bit more on what he wanted to say in a manner that probably didn’t do him much good.

Consider: Black Americans are not “living in poverty” as a general rule. A quarter of the black population is, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, about the same as the percentage of Hispanics. In Michigan, the figure is slightly higher. Most black Americans don’t live in poverty, just as most white Americans don’t.

Consider: The unemployment rate in the black community is higher than that in the white community, as it has been since the Department of Labor started keeping track. Among young blacks, though, the figure is not 59 percent — unless (as PolitiFact noted) you consider not the labor force but every young black American, including high school students. Many young black high school students are unemployed. This isn’t a metric that the Labor Department typically uses, for obvious reasons, but calculating the rates for young whites gives you about 50 percent, too.


There are any number of reasons that black Americans might view Trump unfavorably, starting with his 2011 effort to cast suspicion on Obama’s place of birth. Or, probably, starting with his full-page ad calling for the death penalty against five black teenagers in New York City who were accused of rape — wrongly, as it turned out. Or perhaps thanks to the support his current candidacy is getting from people like former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

There’s no reason to think that Trump’s suggestion that black Americans had “nothing to lose” because they “are living in poverty” will do anything to reverse that trend. Nor was his insistence in North Carolina that he should get votes from black voters because “the inner cities are so bad.” Some black people, research shows, live in places besides the “inner city.”

So why make the argument? It could be, simply enough, that Trump doesn’t have anyone in his inner circle that can provide a sense of how to reach out to the black community. One adviser said on CNN that Trump making his appeal in a mostly white town wasn’t a big deal and that “maybe it would have been nice if he went and had a backdrop with a burning car.” Or maybe Trump was listening to Ben Carson, who in May made a similar argument for Trump: He would only be president for four years, so what could go wrong?


It’s likely that Trump’s continuing lack of meaningful outreach to black voters keeps him from understanding effective ways of arguing his case. When he went to Baton Rouge to see flood damage, he stopped at a Baptist church with a mostly white congregation.

Or maybe black voters aren’t his intended audience. Maybe, with his poll numbers low thanks to soft support from his own party, Trump is trying to convince Republicans that he wants or can earn the black vote. In our most recent poll, one-fifth of Republican men and a quarter of Republican women agreed with the statement that Trump is biased against women and minorities. He gets 90 and 80 percent of the vote from those groups, respectively. Maybe this is an attempt to get them to see him as doing real outreach, even if he isn’t.

Incidentally, all those articles were written by white people.

You have to admit, the Democrats have done a good job convincing black people that Republicans are racists. Over the past 50 years no demographic group has been more loyal to Democrats than black people.

So how is that working out for them?

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139 Responses to Pursuing The Elusive “Black Vote”

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I hate identity politics.

  2. DandyTIger says:

    LATimes daily tracking poll now has Trump in the lead. And of course we’ve seen the gap closing in most of the national and swing state polls for the last two weeks, with many now showing a statistical tie. Not sure if this is the result of all the Hillary news or Trump pivoting to “serious Trump”. Probably both.

    I guess the MSM meme that Trump is not running to win, and all sorts of stories about GOP defections, etc. aren’t working. So back to racism and hitler.

    • Venus says:

      I saw some “serious expert and opinion maker” (can’t remember which one, but one of the same who was guaranteeing that Trump wasn’t going to be the nominee/wasn’t running to actually win but to bolster his “brand”) saying the LA Times tracking poll wasn’t a “real” poll; i.e., it isn’t one he would look at to see the state of the race.
      Is this perhaps because it’s good for Trump?

  3. Myiq2xu™ says:

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

    It’s dangerous for blacks who openly support Trump.

    • DeniseVB says:

      And if you’re a white supporter you’re automatically labeled a racist. Nobody can win if you leave the Dem plantation. You can’t be against unvetted illegal immigration either because that makes you a bigot.

  5. mothy67 says:

    I couldn’t make it through the articles.
    Are they saying all black people are felons. That is sooooooo racist. I know quite a few African Americans and not one is a felon.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I caught that too. CNN seemed to imply “convicted felons” are all black because restoring voting rights will really help their communities! Or something.

    • Ann says:

      That is how I read it. And, it was “updated” and left intact! Holey Moley.

  6. DandyTIger says:

    • Constance says:

      I’m actually glad to see this. I’m surprised at how irritated the naked Trump statue made me. Then the artist came out with a statement that the group who paid him to create it wanted to do an “Emperors New Clothes” comment against Trump. Well the Hillary has a big “Emperors New Clothes” situation going on too and imagine the outrage if naked statues of her had been dropped in various locations.

  7. votermom says:


  8. Dora says:

    See how her cane was photoshopped out! It’s disgusting the way the media protects her!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Here’s another frame, I think she was just holding her arm weirdly 😉

      • Ann says:

        That is not a flattering coat. In spite of everyone calling her fat, I actually think she is fading away. She looks like a quintessential old lady to me – shrinking and.condensing.

        • Constance says:

          But this sort of wasting can be helped with a minor weight lifting program. I can’t figure out why she hasn’t been told to do a few strength building exercises. It would take 20 minutes a day.

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    It is so obvious too. 😆

    • helenk3 says:

      did you ever notice that the dems run magicians for office? Hillary made over $6 BILLION disappear while she was SOS, Bill made millions disappear form his foundation. Now Bernie has made billions disappear. What talent they have

  10. taw46 says:

    Wow, media will not let up, still 24/7, trying to bury Trump and shame all of us who plan to vote for him. Once again, my relatives have MSNBC on and it is non-stop Trump. Kellyanne has always worked to keep Republican Party white, Bannon is a racist and a misogynist, Trump retweets white supremacists, Trump is sinking, blah, blah, blah. Constant. They never stop.

  11. CiscoKid says:

    Hillary continually campaigns about the rich and Wall Street paying their fair share.
    But this is what she’s doing this week.

  12. CiscoKid says:

    Now here’s a picture of Hillary being propped up by SS agents that hasn’t/can’t be photoshopped.

    • lateblum says:

      Is she standing on a riser(box) on the stairs that she needs to be supported?

      • Somebody says:

        If she can’t stand up on a “soapbox” or riser of some sort then maybe she does have issues. Imagine if you will secret service having to support Trump in a similar situation, do you think everyone would believe that was perfectly normal and OK?

        • lateblum says:

          I understand. I still think it would be irresponsible of her campaign not to have someone at the ready.
          I’m only a cpl years older. And I’m relearning balance in PT for the surgery. no head injury here. I’m giving her a break on this. And yes. I think MSM would be all over this if it were Trump. I think if they could, they’d go through his sh*t to make up file a report.

      • CiscoKid says:

        Yes, she’s standing on something to give her height, but the Agent in the tan suit clearly looks like he’s ready to catch Hillary should she fall.
        Can’t keep her balance?

        • lateblum says:

          I don’t like to seemingly support HRC. Try standing on a riser or a box on a stair without benefit of a railing. In PT, they have me standing on one foot, then another, then with toe to heel. All are without support. You try that for 30 – 45 seconds at a crack.
          I believe there are some pretty significant health problems with HRC. But it would be irresponsible not to have someone at her side in this instance.
          I’m not gonna criticize her or her “support” people for this.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Has to be standing on a riser, those guys are at least 6 feet tall. That’s more than just a balance assist as SS on the left has a good grip on her hand and under her arm. SS on the right is obviously reaching out, and there’s a ladies’ head near her back? Who thought this was a good look for her?

  13. lateblum says:

    First read this and then some of the most stupid reply tweets I’ve ever seen.

  14. Dora says:

  15. Somebody says:

    I fail to understand why the Trump campaign and Trump himself doesn’t push back with his push to integrate Palm Beach oh so many years ago.

    • DandyTIger says:

      They do a little. But they also have to be careful about looking like they’re on the defensive. They could spend the entire campaign explaining how Trump is not Hitler. That approach doesn’t tend to work.

  16. lateblum says:

    Gotta unplug for most of the day. Have fun y’all. 😉

  17. Dora says:

    Exclusive – RNC Official at Trump’s Hispanic Meeting Debunks False BuzzFeed, Univision Reports that Donald Succumbed to Amnesty Activists – Breitbart


  18. Dora says:

    • swanspirit says:

      I have been giving the Huma – Hillary relationship some thought, from a psychological, clinical and codependent perspective, and it isn’t healthy. Both of them have, or have had relationships with very unhealthy men.
      Unless they are in some kind of counseling, therapy, or recovery, they reinforce very unhealthy behaviors in each other. I could list some here, but none of them are good qualities in a leader, none of them involve clear thinking or good decision making. None of them are qualities I want in a president, or a top advisor to a president.

    • jennifer lyn says:

      Watch the movie WEINER. I watched it 3 times in a row. Most AMAZING thing I have seen in the sense that it was a train wreck. UTTER COMPLETE TRAIN WRECK. Huma’s husband, who by the way is so psychologically disturbed (i.e. scary scary) I think he needs to be institutionalized, is the type of man only a woman with no choices at all (including suicide) would chose to be associated with. That they would allow themselves to be videotaped with zero editing is insanity and that she could still hold any type of power position in Washington DC is even scarier. Her husband is a psycho, she must be too to be with him, and she is considered a power elite. JESUS CHRIST THE WORLD IS LOSING ITS MIND. WATCH THIS MOVIE it will blow your mind. Just last week another woman came forward to state that her husband had been soliciting her online and he admitted it. But of course Trump is the weirdo and we are too for believing in him. We are living in scary times people.

  19. Myiq2xu™ says:

  20. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, Drudge headline right now 🙂

  21. Venus says:

    Ha ha!

    John Bel had to eat his words — thanks Trump for his help!!!

    • DeniseVB says:

      Typical Dem backtracking. Obama and Hillary have been using him as an excuse not to go to the flood zone because distraction or something. They partied on and Trump shows up with 70k pounds of relief supplies. Well played Mr Trump, well played.

    • DandyTIger says:

      They both have resting bitch faces.

  22. Myiq2xu™ says:

    The comments are awesome.

  23. 1539days says:

    Terry McAuliffe tried to give 200,000 paroled felons their voting rights back by executive order, but a judge told him he had to sign exemptions individually. So, now he’s using an autopen to “sign” 13,000 letters a day.

  24. CiscoKid says:

    With the election in about 80 days or so, I can understand McAuliffe using a autopen, Hillary needs the votes.

  25. Myiq2xu™ says:

  26. DeniseVB says:

    This guy is getting on my last nerve.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      He has been getting on my nerves for years. He is an even bigger a$$ in person. Think someone doing a caricature of and English Headmaster from Tom Browns School Days.

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:


    Anyway, I met an African American man on the sidewalk eating his lunch and we started to talk. He was registered and he said there was no way in hell he was going to vote for Trump and I said something flippant like, “Yeah, especially after what Trump said last night”. The man stopped and looked at me and said, “Tell me what he said”
    And I found that I really couldn’t. I just couldn’t. I was so ashamed of the whole condescending, ignorant, insulting crap that vomited forth from Trump’s mouth. I just stood there and stammered and said, “Sir, I don’t want to hurt your feelings.”.
    But he persisted. He wanted me to say it looking him right in the eyes. So, I gulped and told him what Trump said about jobs and poverty and “What have you got to lose??” It was awful.

    I guess you had to be there.

    • swanspirit says:

      Because I am a compulsive reader, I read the whole thing. She is just fucking sad, and pathetic. She doesn’t mind, and completely missed the irony of encouraging people to vote using the deception of pretending to be nonpartisan. That is just her “shtick” .
      Hey RD , remember Donna Brazile did that, and you despised her for it?
      She also has obviously missed that her neighborhood is undergoing gentrification, What a moron.

  28. Myiq2xu™ says:

  29. lyn says:

  30. Dora says:

    Cannot believe this!

    Hillary Clinton Campaign Attacks Trump for Not Releasing Health Records

  31. mothy67 says:

    Opening credits for Homeland
    “You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbors”
    — hr puffn stuff I mean clinton.

    Woman who wants to bring in unvetted refugees from hot spots. Will this woman ever be held accountable for her words.

  32. DandyTIger says:

    From Huff’nPuff of all places:

    My problem with Liberalism is that it’s more concerned with policing people’s language and thoughts without requiring them to do anything to fix the problem. White liberal college students speak of “safe spaces”, “trigger words”, “micro aggressions” and “white privilege” while not having to do anything or, more importantly, give up anything. They can’t even have a conversation with someone who sees the world differently without resorting to calling someone a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigot and trying to have them banned from campus, or ruin them and their reputation. They say they feel black peoples’ pain because they took a trip to Africa to help the disadvantaged, but are unwilling to go to a black neighborhood in the City in which they live. These same college students will espouse the joys of diversity, but will in the same breath assume you are only on campus because of affirmative action or that all black people grew up in poverty. My personal favorite is declaring with surprise how articulate a black classmate is despite the fact that we are attending the same institution of higher learning as they are.

    The White Liberal culture encourages talking about diversity and shaming others for their alleged racism, but many times they themselves work in environments that are mostly white. When questioned they’ll defensively state that they promote strictly on merit. Black people aren’t suggesting that we want someone unqualified to get the position, but I find it telling that they assume that we are not qualified. These same Liberals are quick to be against school choice, while their kids go to private or well-regarded public schools. Leaving poor black children behind in underperforming schools and providing less opportunity to improve their lives is inconsequential to keeping true to their white liberal politics. Many people are quick to espouse the political values of liberalism without having to live with the often harsh reality of those policies.

    Race, gender, religion and sexual orientation are such difficult discussions to have, and many of us don’t get it right, but my problem with some white liberals aren’t that they sometimes get it wrong, it’s their profound lack of self-awareness coupled with the smugness and self-righteousness that they use to lecture to others.

    She’s getting there. Aaaaaand then she misses the whole point:

    Suggesting that blacks stop being Democrats or Liberals would be a waste of my time, but what I am suggesting is that we require white liberals to do more than pat us on the head and tell us they know better.

    IOW, you can keep taking the black vote for granted and not help them in any way.

    • 1539days says:

      I very much doubt Republicans will get the Black vote until Republicans can consistently show Black people how good their policies are. George W. Bush tried to do that, but Bill Clinton got a lot of famous Black people on his side, maybe more than Obama.

  33. taw46 says:

    “The Oracle Corporation is using its deep financial resources to fund the “Google Transparency Project,” which has set up headquarters in Washington, D.C. with a mission to “out” Google’s dicey lobbying practices and expose crony relationships with President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

    With Google demonstrating its political clout by essentially writing the “Net Neutrality” regulatory language, Oracle and others are stepping up funding for a Silicon Valley attack dog to level the playing field.”


  34. mothy67 says:

    Another thing that should bother the working poor of all shades is the refugees being set up with small businesses. Where does the money come from? What I have seen are really poorly made plans. Another convenience store w/out parking sandwiched in between two existing shops w/lots. No lottery either. There are now 4 in 8 blocks. Who thinks its a good idea and what about the owners of the stores that have been a part of the neighborhood for 20 plus years. Paying taxes, sponsoring school sports, advertising in year book. They have to face competition from gov’t subsidized places. I was told no taxes for 7 years. Wait, what?

  35. DeniseVB says:

    When I unplug, I go to MOTUS 😉 Cool post on classic cars today….


  36. Myiq2xu™ says:

  37. Venus says:

    Non-Media poll has Trump up 5 in PA:

    • lyn says:


      “If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old U.S. routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with ‘bigger’ small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits.
      “Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another, all dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one.
      “In Ruffsdale, I am pretty sure I saw more than 100 Trump signs.
      “It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.”

      • taw46 says:

        I am surprised that they published that article on their site. Good for her on going out and actually talking to people about why they support Trump.

  38. Myiq2xu™ says:

  39. helenk3 says:


    backtrack bunch land grab in Utah. What is in Utah that they can sell to foreign governments? The last I heard Utah is were we dump our nuclear waste.

    • taw46 says:

      At the rate the Federal government is going, all people in several Western states will have to move away. They won’t be able to make a living. Then the government can make deals with their cronies to make money off of the resources. I despise these people.

  40. helenk3 says:

    why am I in moderation?

    • taw46 says:

      Appears some people like the fair housing law until it doesn’t do what they want it to do. (And I am surprised HUD went against SF). Just read some of the comments. People are fed up with all governments trying to manage and control every aspect of our life.

  41. Myiq2xu™ says:

    So I leave my desk for a while to do a few things (take out trash, take a dump, change the litter box.) I come back and Molly is on my desk, using my keyboard as a mattress and my mouse as a pillow.

    But that wasn’t the weird thing.

    My windows desktop had been rotated 90 degrees to the left. I didn’t even know you could do that.

    I’m gonna keep my eye on Molly. She’s sneaky.

  42. Myiq2xu™ says:

    She called the cops to report that she was pulled over by a cop – DURING the traffic stop.

  43. Kathy says:

    Assange has tweeted that a “cat burglar” was scared off after attempting to scale the embassy in London where he is living. I think he needs serious body guards.

  44. Dora says:

    Hillary Campaign Vows To Destroy Opposition Website

    A fundraising email arguing that the website Breitbart News has no “right to exist,” and suggests that if elected, the website will be shut down entirely.

    “We’ve had a conservative media in this country for a while,” says the email, sent Thursday and signed by deputy communications director Christina Reynolds.

    “Breitbart is something different,” she says. “They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. They’re a different breed altogether — not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country.”

    One of the goals of Clinton’s campaign, Reynolds says, is to ensure Breitbart is destroyed

    “It goes without saying that we have to beat these people. But I want to beat them so decisively that their kind never rises again,” she says.


    • mothy67 says:

      Since when is it illegal to be anti anything? People have a right to be assholes and exactly what is islamaphobic about breitbert? Acknowledging radical islam is bigotry?
      God I loathe the dims.

    • Anthony says:

      “But I want to beat them so decisively that their kind never rises again,” she says. (bolding mine)

      “Their kind”?!?! Sounds like she’s borrowing from Hitler’s campaign… but whats a little ethnic cleansing when you’re already Clinton? Fuck her.

    • taw46 says:

      What is frightening, is that the left sees no problem with this type of language. And would cheer if she actually were able to shut them down.

  45. Dora says:

    The latest on the fire. 35% contained. It’s getting close to the Hearst Castle. I visited the Castle over 30 years ago, but I still remember it vividly. It’s a national treasure.

    California Blue Cut Fire contained, others threatening

    The fire was 35% contained as of Sunday night. Although there were fears that the famed Hearst Castle could be in the line of fire, local authorities told the San Luis Obispo County Tribune that the flames had been stopped about three miles from the historic spot.


  46. taw46 says:

    “While some may debate the legality of it, Team Hillary is using illegal immigrants to register voters and “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Tucker Carlson questioned whether any other country in the world would allow what amounts to a foreign army of political activists to help determine who their next leader will be.

    The Clinton campaign announced a new program, Mi Sueño, Tu Voto — My Dream, Your Vote — that will utilize illegal immigrant children know as DREAMers to register voters for the November election. Just think ACORN without borders.”


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