It’s simply another component of Donald Trump’s mess of a campaign: the New York Times reports that the Republican candidate has decisively ignored all black outreach, declining invitations to speak to groups such as the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Trump made headlines earlier this year when he referred to a black man at one of his rallies as “my African-American,” and he has demonstrated zero interest in garnering the support of the black community.
According to the Times, “Mr. Trump’s mix of provocation and neglect has infuriated black Republicans, who fear that the party’s already dismal standing with African-Americans may sink so low that it barely registers in swing states.”
Trump’s apathy toward this large group of voters is harming not only his shot at the presidency, but the Republican Party, which has long had problems with minority outreach.
This has manifested in polling—the Washington Post notes that nationwide, Trump is receiving anywhere from 1 to 6 percent of the African-American vote, which is almost comically terrible.
Even more shocking is his polling in Ohio specifically, where he is receiving 0 percent of the black vote. These numbers are essentially unprecedented (as are most things about Trump’s campaign).
Republican candidates have rarely received high percentages of the African-American vote, but Trump has sunk the numbers to new depths, and it’s no wonder. Black voters are keenly aware that he has no interest in speaking or listening to the needs of their community, even when invited to do so.
Groups such as the NAACP and the National Urban League have been hard-pressed to even receive an answer from Trump or his camp, which generally waited until the last minute to decline, citing “scheduling conflicts.”
It’s unsurprising that Trump has no concern for minority voters, considering his unending list of racist remarks, but his presidential bid will definitely suffer because of it.
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