There are only so many excuses you can make for the man. In this case, the man to whom I’m referring is Donald Trump who seems to have as many lives as cats, lions and tigers—oh my.
His latest prediction in his crazy Republican campaign is that he will receive 95 percent of the Black vote in America. He based this number not on polls, which clearly show he has zero percent of Black support. Rather, he based it on his “recollection” of black neighborhoods, an area of which we imagine he’s visited preciously few times.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump was speaking at yet another of his rallies that feature over 90 whites in attendance.” Trump said, “And at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce.”
He says that blacks will vote for him because they have NO other choice. “We can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created our problems in the first place. A new future requires brand-new leadership.”
The blithering continued as if no-one cared to find the off switch on the teleprompter. “No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African-Americans. No group. No group,” he said. “If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain on the African-American community, she could not have done a better job. It’s a disgrace. Tonight, I’m asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future.”
Of course, there was no proof offered for these allegations, which comes as no surprise since they are not based on truth.
In the background, poor Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s new campaign manager, was pacing the floor and looking as if she needed a stiff Knob Creek without ice. You’ll remember of course that Kellyanne, who’s 49, was brought on-board to keep The Donald from running his mouth and sticking to the message.
This was only his second rally with Kellyanne in charge, but—gee—the 98% black vote comment was nowhere to be found on any teleprompter in the room. So much for keeping his nose to the grindstone and following the script.
There was no mention of the recent Washington Post that suggests that Black’s favor Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton 99-1. Kellyanne is of the impression that these numbers mean nothing because Blacks don’t want to be publically seen endorsing Trump, even though they do. “He’s cares about them and they know it,” she said.
While that statement was already as hard to swallow as a swordfish, the situation was further complicated two days later—at another rally, this one in Florida.
It was there that Sean P. Jackson, the head of the Black Republican Caucus in Florida was literally removed from backstage at a Trump rally by Karen Giorno, Trump’s Florida campaign manager. Karen confided that it was all a misunderstanding. She didn’t “recognize” Jackson, she said.
Jackson’s take was considerably different. “It all starts with Karen Giorno. She has repeatedly failed at embracing blacks across the state.”
“I have been saying repeatedly that you cannot go into a black community in the ninth hour of a campaign and ask them to vote for a GOP candidate,” Jackson says. “The party has done a piss-poor job of courting the black vote over 50 years. So you have to have more vested interest in time and in your financial effort for the whole campaign, not just in the last 100 days.”
Well, with less than 70 days until Election Day, the Blacks seem to have spoken. Just not to Donald Trump.