This weekend, former NFL defensive back Jack Brewer told Fox & Friends that he predicts a “black awakening” in 2020 that could result in President Trump’s re-election via a surge in black voters. Brewer, who supported Obama, says he feels the Democratic Party has abandoned African Americans.
Brewer isn’t the only notable African American to throw his support behind Trump. Kanye West has been another high-profile Trump supporter and conservative activists Autry Pruitt and James Golden have been talking the President up recently as well.
African American voters are a key demographic in many swing states and while their ballots are typically cast in support of Democrats, Trump’s reelection campaign is working to change that. Back in 2016, many black voters didn’t show up, which contributed to Trump’s overall win. Now, the president is looking to gain support in 2020 from those who chose not to vote rather than supporting Clinton four years ago. He’s doing that through a campaign initiative aimed at African Americans called “Black Voices.”
To be sure, Trump will never be at the top of African American polls. He’s also unlikely to garner the 30% support from the group in November despite some impressive polling results. But if he can improve upon the 8% support he received from African Americans in 2016 by just a few percentage points, he’s got a good chance of reelection.