Only one day until the election, folks. That’s another way of saying the election is tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the last of these Don’t Bump The Trump postings, so enjoy while you can.
I wanted to close out with something of more meaning, and I got to thinking just what that might be. How about Donald Trump’s attempt to appeal to black voters? The image above is from YouTube and is worth a watch. From CNN, here are some words to go with it:
Kenansville, North Carolina (CNN) — Donald Trump thinks black communities in the US are “absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before.”Trump made the comment as he rallied supporters here on Tuesday and made his usual “what do you have to lose” pitch to African-American voters — few of whom attended his rally in this rural part of this battleground state.“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever,” Trump said to approving nods from the nearly all-white crowd.“You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They’re worse — I mean, honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities,” he continued. “And I think it’s resonating.”His comments came despite the fact that African-Americans in the US have faced dramatically worse circumstances throughout history — from slavery to Jim Crow laws.
So, Candidate Trump is going to lead us to a place he has never gone before in his life.
Yes, that’s Donald Trump and the senior Fred C. Trump caught in flagrante delicto, finding it better business to stick it to black people than to obey the law. The clipping is from the New York Times, 16 October 1973. A complete copy is available from DocumentCloud.org. Back then that it was better to exclude black tenants, because they were bad for business. Rich white tenants were willing to pay more if they didn’t have to live next to black people. That was 43 years ago. Now Donald Trump wants their vote. Let me put it another way. Donald Trump needs their vote. If all black Americans voted for Hillary Clinton it would be all over for Trump.
Now that it’s crunch time, the Trump campaign desperately needs to show Trump has black citizens’ interests foremost. That would be a possible explanation for this humorous meme.
Sometimes it’s not comfortable being a black person and supporting Donald Trump. Just ask C.J. Cary of Nash County, North Carolina:
Donald Trump ejected a black man waving a note at him at a North Carolina rally, after accusing him of being a “thug” hired by Democrats to disrupt the event.
But C.J. Cary, the man who was thrown out, claims he is a Trump supporter and was merely trying to deliver a message to the candidate to mend ties with some key demographic groups the GOP presidential nominee has offended.
At the Wednesday campaign rally in the town of Kinston, Cary stood a few dozen feet from the stage trying to get Trump’s attention by waving a note and yelling “Donald,” the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
Trump assumed Cary was a disruptive protester.
“Were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?” Trump asked Cary, according to the Observer. The real estate mogul then asked security to remove him.
On the video Trump can be heard shouting a favorite refrain: “Get him out. Get him out.”
Something so telling about this episode is Trump’s use of the term “thug.” I have heard it teamed with “black lives matter,” as in “BLM thug.” This is coming from Trump supporters on Facebook. It’a natural to many of Trump’s people to connect the two automatically.
Trump’s characterization of living while black in America does not resonate with the population. In particular, one voter expressed her reaction thus:
A fatal issue with Trump’s attempt to appeal to black voters is the baggage carried by conservative politics in America.
Over a year ago I proclaimed that Donald Trump would fade early in the run. I was wrong beyond my wildest expectations. The fervent hope is that justice will shortly be served where it is long overdue. Donald Trump earlier snatched the campaign torch from the Republican Party by scooping up conservative America’s low-hanging fruit. It’s been a rocky ride, with the candidate creating most of the turbulence. However, recent polling hints at sanity creeping into the contest, and right on schedule. Trump’s journey to self destruction resumes, much as I predicted over a year ago. Here again is the signature banner for this series:
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.]
Enjoying my excursion into schadenfreude, I have this to say. Thank you, Mr. Trump. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me.Thank you very, very, very much! Yeah, it’s game on. We are going to have our last day of fun before election day. Come what may tomorrow, we can be assured Donald Trump will never fail to entertain us.
Continue reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.