Donald Trump: Pandering to the Black Vote
Par Carl Gilbert
During the month of August, the American people have seen Donald Trump launching a Machiavellian campaign to get the black vote for the November election.
Having understood that he could not be elected without getting a significant percentage of the minority vote, the Donald initiated a cynical, insulting appeal, mostly in front of white supporters, to attract the black vote into his camp.
“Several polls have shown that only 1% to 2% of African Americans plan to vote for Trump, an all-time low even for a Republican into his camp.”
However, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that only 7% of African-Americans say they will support the Republican presidential nominee. “Blacks recognize Trump’s bigotry and, by extension, the bigotry of the Republican Party. A Suffolk University poll found that an astonishing 87% of African Americans believe that Trump is a racist. His latest call for a national “stop and frisk” policy only solidifies that view.” (Time, The Black Vote: History Demands a Strategy for Change)
Yet, despite those dismal numbers, the Donald has been pressing ahead with his racist rhetoric about why the African Americans should vote for him, to the excitement, sometimes rowdy, of his white audience some of which, because of their racist impulse, never miss an opportunity to use those stereotypes against African Americans. And every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the blacks,” or he doesn’t use the particle at all, giving to his statements a monolithic resonance.
In Ohio, North Carolina and Michigan, the Donald, in his cynical and condescending pitch to African American and Hispanic voters, stated: “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good. You have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose? “…Look at how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?” And at each time he repeated those insults and stereotypes, the mostly white crowd would cheer and start chanting: “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”
One of the most outrageous verbal attacks is unleashed in Kenansville, NC, by Trump who at the outset has left a trail of insults against women, handicaps, Obama, Pope Francis, and now millions of African Americans. “Black communities in the US are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever,” emphasized Trump as he received approving nods from his white audience (CNN).
The worst shape that they’ve ever been in before? Trump must be implying with this sentence that slavery had been better. A sentence that forced President Obama to respond while speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus gala: “You may have heard Hillary’s opponent in this election say that there’s never been a worse time to be a black person. I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow… But we’ve got a museum for him to visit, so he can tune in. We will educate him.”
As another columnist wrote: “[Trump] thinks the truth is what he says it is.”
His megalomania coupled with narcissistic traits has shaped his personality to make him nurture in himself feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. This behavior causes him to say or repeat whatever he wants since he thinks there will be always people to believe him.
The recent pandering to African Americans — described as a “clumsy outreach” by USA Today in its editorial of September 30, 2016 — reflects hidden Machiavellian objectives: 1) he is pretending he is not a racist, which may please some of the voters still on the fence; 2) he is disparaging, at the same time–with his inflamed rhetoric–a sector of the American society that he never cares for, including the first black president of the country; 3) he is keeping his base intact.
On November 8, African-Americans must reject Donald Trump: a man who, in fact, is an unscrupulous, devious politician (a so-called outsider) whose motives — like the original Panderus (Pandaro) — are far from being pure.
“Whatever you do [however}, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.” (USA Today)