Black Trump Voters Bought Into the Image, Not The Man
The Daily Beast recently featured an article about black men who voted for Trump. Although Trump is overwhelmingly unpopular in the black community, about 15 percent of black men voted for him.
In my experience, black male Trump voters seem to suffer from a form of cognitive dissonance. They’ve bought into the idea of Trump, and not the reality.
I remember watching a YouTube focus group where a black man said he liked Trump because he saw him ordering people around on “The Apprentice” and thought he could get things done. I used to have a black friend who said that he liked Trump because of his “leadership.” Oh you mean, the guy who lost a billion dollars and has never led a public company?
But if you dig into The Daily Beast article you find the same kind of illogical reasoning. Take Desmond Grant, one of the men interviewed in the piece. This was his reasoning for sticking with Trump.
Grant said, “He does know how to make money. He’s not an honest man and he’s not too bright, but he don’t give a f*ck. You know what I’m saying? He’s not the most well-spoken but he stands his ground — and that’s part of being a man. He can do that very well.”
But Grant’s points are troubling in another way. His view of Trump seems to be, as long as he’s putting money in my pocket, I don’t care what he does. That is callous at best, and at worst sociopathic. Trump is doing real damage to the country. He’s egged on hateful speech so now Asians are reporting increased hate crimes, he’s encouraged domestic terrorists so now a black Michigan lawmaker needed an armed escort to go to work, and his bumbling behavior has reduced America’s image in the world.
So you want a dishonest buffoon running your country? And to Grant’s last point, Trump doesn’t stand his ground. That’s part of the Trump mythology of him being a great deal maker. However, insiders at NBC said he wasn’t a great negotiator at “The Apprentice,” and often took the first deal put on the table.
Trump’s international negotiations with China and North Korea have failed since he doesn’t understand the basics of foreign policy or international trade. He continues to praise Kim Jong-un, the brutal North Korean dictator, who kills and tortures his own people. However, North Korea still has nuclear weapons that threaten South Korea and American soldiers. Trump’s overblown photo op with Kim achieved nothing apart from making him look like a dupe.
Trump still doesn’t understand how tariffs work and thought raising tariffs would bring in more revenue. But instead Chinese manufacturers raised their prices, passing the cost on to American consumers. In some cases, the Chinese opted to take their business elsewhere leaving American farmers struggling.
According to CNN, JPMorgan Chase estimated Trump’s trade war cost each American household an additional $600 per year. Farmers were so devastated by the lack of business from China, the Trump administration had to bail them out to the tune of $28 billion!
But Grant’s points are troubling in another way. His view of Trump seems to be, as long as he’s putting money in my pocket, I don’t care what he does. That is callous at best, and at worst sociopathic.
Trump is doing real damage to the country. He’s egged on hateful speech so now Asians are reporting increased hate crimes, he’s encouraged domestic terrorists so now a black Michigan lawmaker needed an armed escort to go to work, and his bumbling behavior has reduced America’s image in the world.
The coronavirus pandemic is just the latest example of Trump’s incompetence. The United States has about a third of infection cases worldwide. Yet Trump is threatening to pull out of the World Health Organization. The international community is beginning to lose faith in America’s leadership.
“This is a time when you expect the leaders of superpowers in a very constructive way to help coordinate and structure the response,” said Robert Yates, director of the Global Health Program at Chatham House, a British think tank, in a CNN article. “One would expect the US to have a leading role in trying to coordinate global efforts. That’s been completely lacking.”
Oh and Trump’s also a white supremacist who has a low opinion of black people, so he despises people like Grant. Actually, according to talk show host, Howard Stern, Trump also hates the same working-class voters who adore him.
“The people who are voting for Trump, for the most part … He wouldn’t even let them in a f*cking hotel. He’d be disgusted by them. Go to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you. I’m talking to you in the audience.” said Stern on his satellite radio show.
A black person voting for Trump is like a Jewish person supporting Hitler. But this actually happened.
According to a 2014 Daily Telegraph story, several Jewish natives of Finland fought alongside the Nazis in World War II. The Telegraph story said the Jews saw the Germans as allies against a common enemy, the Soviets.
However, the Finnish Jews later paid a prize for fighting alongside Nazis.
“At a meeting of war veterans in Tel Aviv in 1946, the Finns were almost thrown out as traitors. Had it not occurred to them, they were asked, that, by helping Hitler, they had prolonged his time in power and thus ensured more Jews went to the gas chambers than would otherwise have been the case?” said The Telegraph.
Grant also sounds a lot like the drug dealers who pushed narcotics in the black community during the 1980s. They saw how it was ravaging their communities, but justified it by bragging about how much money they were making. More than 30 years later, and the black community is still reeling from the devastation of drug addiction, urban blight and mass incarceration, all leftovers from the Drug Wars.
Sometimes there are bigger issues than just making money.