Tuesday, November 29, 2022
11/29/2022

The president counts on black voters for a second term

How does the Trump campaign plan to win re-election? Moving black voters into the Republican camp. The case for this unlikely strategy is laid out in “Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-Elect Trump,” a book that has already become a blueprint for the Trump political team.

They argue that black voters put Mr. Trump into the White House, having received “more than 20 percent of the black vote in the key state of Pennsylvania.” Black precincts went overwhelmingly for Hillary, but the low-income and welfare recipients who inhabit those precincts make up just one-fifth of the state’s black population. 

The trend can be seen in the growing number of blacks who are now openly defending Mr. Trump and the GOP. High profile black Americans like Dr. Carson, Kanye West, Jason Riley, Candace Owens, and Diamond and Silk have encouraged others to wear MAGA hats and raucously cheer the president at his rallies. While outspoken conservative blacks were a rarity in the early ’90s, hundreds of conservative leaning black Americans are now featured on TV, write for influential publications and run businesses. They are also getting elected.

There’s another reason why African-Americans have been drawn to President Trump. So many of his policies benefit black Americans: lowest level of black unemployment ever, fast-rising wages, opportunity zones designed to save inner cities, the crack down on illegal immigration (which protects black workers), the release of non-violent criminals from jail and the stunning rise of the stock market. (Nor does the president have the baggage conservatives carried ever since Barry Goldwater, the Republican standard bearer in 1964, opposed the  groundbreaking civil rights bill that passed before the November election.)
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