A warning for those who chance to meet a wild Trump coming home late at night, past a graveyard, all alone in a storm: Don’t bump the Trump. [With apologies to Shel Silverstein.]
It’s game on. Self-professed billionaire Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. Full disclosure: it’s something I proclaimed over a year ago could not be done. I was wrong! How wrong? Very wrong. I completely failed to take into account Donald Trump’s appeal to all sectors of American society:
Like so much of what Trump has said and done, this new outreach forces writers like me to conduct scatological studies, framing Trump’s actions in their historical and intellectual absurdity.
But, here we go.
Trump, who got a shocking 1 percent of support among black voters in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, has been urged to reach out to black voters.
All right. That’s just an opinion piece running in The New York Times. All of which means the “1 percent” is just an opinion. If you look at the actually polling numbers you get an entirely different picture:
In this latest poll, Clinton enjoys a significant advantage among women (51 percent to Trump’s 35 percent), African Americans (91 percent to 1 percent), all non-white voters (69 percent to 17 percent), young voters (46 percent to 34 percent), and white voters with a college degree (47 percent to 40 percent).
All right. That didn’t come out quite as I expected. One percent, two percent, five percent, who’s counting anyhow? What really counts is the way Donald Trump connects with all segments of society:
Trump made a fortune before his career as a reality TV star predominately in the world of real estate, where he took the reins of his father’s burgeoning housing empire in the early 1970s and expanded it to become the global juggernaut it purportedly is today. But in 1973, he was introduced on the national stage for less auspicious reasons: his battles with the U.S. Justice Department over charges of violating the Fair Housing Act. The Trumps were accused of systematically discriminating against black tenants seeking rentals in their buildings, even using a code letter “C” to represent “colored” applicants.
“C” for “colored?” Well, what would you expect? “N” for “nigger?” Mr. Trump has a history of being remarkably sensitive to divisive issues such as race. Anyhow, he is sensitive to the everyday concerns of Americans of color:
At those rallies this week, Trump’s appeal to black voters took a curious turn — replacing “give Donald Trump a chance” with a new angle:
“Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living … We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”
Trump’s assertion that getting shot is an everyday worry for black Americans at large speaks to what critics say is his most glaring weakness with this demographic — that he is out of touch with people of color.
OK! That’s enough. It appears there is no pleasing some people.
Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have more fun between now and November. We can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.