Black voters came out in force for Barack Obama, but their excitement for a president of color had a surprisingly limited effect on their allegiances. Because when you break down the data, Obama’s margins with black voters only slightly improved on past Democratic candidates like John Kerry and Al Gore. Democrats have successfully branded themselves the party of every American minority (including some still being invented), but nowhere is their support more solid than in the black community. This year, one national poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump with black voters 99% to 1%.
That’s a pretty bleak figure, but to Trump, it represents opportunity for growth. On Tuesday, Trump made his boldest overtures yet to the black community in a speech that few Republicans would dare to give.
“The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community,” Trump said in West Bend, Wisconsin, only thirty miles from the (hopefully) quieting riot zone in Milwaukee. Trump, reading a prepared speech for the second time in as many days, said that decades of liberal policy failures had left America’s inner cities languishing in poverty.
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter or the robber or the looter,” Trump said. “Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely – safely – walk the streets and walk to school. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus.”
Trump launched so many truth bombs in this speech that it has been (conspicuously) ignored by the mainstream media. This is the big charade that Democrats can’t afford for black voters to see: That all of their tender, caring rhetoric…all of the policies that have flowed from that rhetoric…have created the violent maelstrom we see in this country today. Some of these communities are like barely-dormant volcanoes; the slightest shift in the wind could cause them to blow. Anyone who has seen the riots in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Ferguson needs no further evidence.
Trump repeatedly hammered an unfortunate truth about all of this violence and rioting. “Law and order must be restored,” he said. “It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially for the sake of those living in the affected communities, of which there are many.”
Under a Hillary Clinton administration, the resentment, poverty, and frustration boiling under the surface of these communities will only worsen. Only Trump, in conjunction with a sympathetic Congress, can roll back the disastrous government policies that have stolen hope from the very neighborhoods Obama was supposed to care about.