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Willie Richardson / February 12, 2020

Can Trump Win 20% of the Black Vote in 2020?

Democrats should be afraid because there are cracks in the Democrats’ facade.

If you want to get the black vote, all you have to do is give a small percentage of black people options. Options that are long lasting and meaningful like funding historically black colleges and universities. Options that promote the welfare of their families like opportunity zones. Options that are expensive in taste, but at a low price like school choice. Options that give a voice to the voiceless like the First Step Act.

Well, how about that! The Trump administration has met all of the basic wants and needs of the black community. Generational wealth. Check. Better education in higher performing schools. Check. Reuniting with a loved one who got involved in nonviolent offenses. Check. Providing higher learning for first-generation college students. Check. All the boxes are being checked, and leftists’ feet are to the fire.

Democrats have far too long had the black vote in their back pocket. It’s like snow falling in the winter in Antarctica. You know what you’re going to get. The conversation goes something like this:

Phone rings.
Democrat Party: Hey baby, how’re you doing?
Black Vote: Hey, who is this?
Democrat Party: Hey, you know who this is. The Democrat Party!
Black Vote: Oh, hey how are you? It’s been some time since we spoke, like four years now?
Democrat Party: Well, I know. I’ve been really busy lately.
Black Vote: So, what’s up?
Democrat Party: Well, you know it’s election time and I’m going to need your help.
Black Vote: You know, I’ve always been there for you, but you never seem to be there for me when I need you the most.
Democrat Party: What do you mean? You know you’re the apple of my eye.
Black Vote: Yeah, I thought I was until things between us just keeps spiraling out of control. One day you’re for me, the next you’re saying there’s more work to be done elsewhere.
Democrat Party: Now, wait a minute. Didn’t I give you your first black president? Remember what you felt?
Black Vote: Yeah, that was amazing! I just don’t think looking back that it was enough for our communities. Everybody else gets your attention, but I’ve given you my undivided attention for 50 years and what do I have to show for it?
Democrat Party: That’s not true. You seem to be very unthankful.
Black Vote: You fight for homosexuality, same-sex marriage, the abortion of our babies, and socialism. It seems like I’m at the front when you need me, but at the back when you’ve used me up. I’m tired of this. I need to explore my options.
Democrat Party: Options? What options? You know those Republicans only want to get richer and you get poorer. Haven’t I told you about them?
Black Vote: That’s the point! I’ve listened to what you’ve had to say, but never researched to find out for myself what’s on the other side.
Democrat Party: Well, you know they say the “grass isn’t greener on the other side.”
Black Vote: Oh, so we’re married now? Besides, I just want what’s best for me and my family. I shouldn’t feel obligated to support you. What have you done for me lately?
Democrat Party: Now you’re making me angry! Look, get you and all your folks down to the polls and vote! Vote or Die!
Black Vote: What? Really? That’s enough. I want out! I feel like I have to turn against my beliefs in order to support you.
Democrat Party: I am all you have! Get over yourself. Without me you have nothing!
Black Vote: Click (phone hangs up)

Even Van Jones exclaims, “What [Trump] was saying to African Americans can be effective. You may not like it, but he mentioned [historically black colleges and universities]. Our black colleges have been struggling for a long time. A bunch of them have gone under. He threw a lifeline to them in real life in his budget. He talked about criminal-justice reforms. He talked about ‘opportunity zones.’ He talked about school choice.”

Jones continued, “We’ve got to wake up, folks. There’s a whole bubble thing that goes on, saying, ‘Well, he said s—hole nations. Therefore, all black people are going to hate him forever.’ That ain’t necessarily so. And I think what you’re going to see him do is say, ‘You may not like my rhetoric, but look at my results — look at my record,’ to black people. If he narrowcasts that, it’s going to be effective. Trump will never win a majority of the black vote. But he doesn’t have to. If he follows through on his current strategy, he has a massive opportunity to win a greater share of it in 2020 than the 5% to 10% that Republicans have received since 2008. If Trump gets even 20% of the black vote in swing states such as Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania, then Democrats will simply have no path to victory.”

The Trump administration has already prepared the way to receive even more support from the black community. The State of Union address laid everything out perfectly. Trump supports the Philadelphia fourth-grader, Janiyah Davis, and her mother, Stephanie Davis, for school choice. The president surprised Janiyah and her mother with a scholarship so she could attend a better school. She had been formerly on a long waiting list. The president also honored a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman, Charles McGee. During the Super Bowl a commercial aired that show the commuted sentence of Alice Marie Johnson by President Trump. The 63-year-old was released after serving 21 years of a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense and money laundering.

Trump is ahead of the black vote curve and if he can win 20% of the black vote in swing states, it’s a wrap for 2020. The black vote is actually simple. You must preach “pocketbook politics” in a way that is economically measurable. You must preach “social justice” in a way that benefits those who cannot defend themselves. Finally, you must preach “educational opportunities” in a way that black voters can see the benefits for their children. I am excited for this election!

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