Black support for Trump is almost nonexsistent
Don’t expect Donald Trump to ever utter the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” but he appears to have made one change when speaking about African-Americans. He has stopped referring to them as “the blacks.”
Well, at least that’s something.
In his GOP presidential nomination speech Thursday, Trump made just brief prepared references to African-Americans and Hispanics, according to a transcript released by Politico. He said:
“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.”
“Nearly four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58 percent of African American youth are not employed. Two million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.”
Trump did not say what he would do to improve those figures.
To be fair, Trump never made specific references to white people, but clearly his speech was dedicated to conservative white voters, especially older white men who feel their frustrations have been largely ignored by both political parties.
Indeed, many white voters are rallying around Trump’s stated desire to “Take Our Country Back,” although he has not said who he would take America back from. Meanwhile, on the convention floor there was little racial diversity.
The Washington Post reported that only about 18 African-Americans were among the 2,472 delegates at the convention. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Trump with only 1 percent of black support nationwide as the political spotlight now shifts to Philadelphia for the Democratic convention starting Monday.
The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee seem resigned to win without a push for more diversity in the campaign. Earlier this year, four African-American staff members — Tara Wall, Orlando Watson, Raffi Williams and Kristal Quarker Hartsfield — all left the RNC.
They had been hired to reach out to black voters.