Donald Trump – in his outreach to African-American voters – asked, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Two staunch Trump supporters – YouTube celebrities Diamond and Silk – would prefer he flip the question.
“There is a flip side to this. What you have to lose is poverty and unemployment,” Diamond told Political Storm. “In the past 50 years, African Americans have voted one way. Another question is what do you have to gain?”
The two sisters weren’t certain how much of the African-American vote their candidate could get, but they admired him for talking more honestly about issues in inner city neighborhoods that the first African-American president, Barack Obama, hasn’t addressed.
Silk added, “People are tired of the same.”
Both are tired of Democratic accusations that Trump and Republicans are racist. They referred to Democratic policies of keeping African Americans in poverty and dependent on government as the “new Jim Crow.”
“The Democrats were the party of slavery and segregation,” Diamond said. “They bully people, they ostracize and stigmatize black people who want to get off the Democratic plantation.”
They will be showing the film, “Clinton Cash,” about corruption in the Clinton Foundation on their Facebook page on Aug. 28 and holding an online discussion.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released Tuesday, says that Trump has just 8 percent support among African Americans – that’s consistent with what Republican presidential candidates usually get. Trump claims if he runs for re-election in 2020, he’ll get 95 percent of the black vote.
Whether you agree with Diamond and Silk, there is one point everyone should agree on. No voting bloc – blacks, evangelicals, rural, urban, or anyone else — wants to be taken for granted by one party and written off by the other party.
Trump is making a particularly aggressive play for African Americans. It’s the most aggressive push by any GOP presidential candidate since George W. Bush in 2000. It didn’t work for Bush then, just as Barack Obama’s play to siphon off some evangelical voters in 2008 didn’t work.
History tells us most people don’t change their party preference en masse, unless it’s a realignment year, as in 1980. Voters – based sometimes on race, other times on religion and most frequently on region – grow up identifying with a party and will either vote for that party’s nominee or stay at home if they don’t approve.
Fred Lucas is a columnist for Political Storm and the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal. He is the author of “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections” (Stairway Press, 2016).