Another hilariously tone-deaf incident came out of Donald Trump's Sandford, Florida rally today and Twitter was quick to pick up on it.
Of note: The person holding the “BLACKS FOR TRUMP” sign is white. pic.twitter.com/Bn3hJyiVZO— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 25, 2016
A fan who was prominently placed behind the GOP candidate and TV personality's podium held up a sign that read "Blacks For Trump"—only thing is, she was white.
Twitter responded with incredulity to the stunt, poking fun at Trump, his campaign and the woman herself.
"Blacks for Trump" signs waving behind Trump as he speaks in Florida. Held up by white people. ¯_(?)_/¯— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 25, 2016
Well, in all fairness, her last name could be "Blacks." ¯_(?)_/¯ https://t.co/JFG3h08baB— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) October 25, 2016
The phrasing "Blacks for Trump" is strange in the hands of a white woman, similar to Trump's use of the phrases "the Blacks" and "the Mexicans," throughout his campaign. Lynne Murphy, a linguist, analyzed the candidate's speech patterns for Quartz and says that 'the' "makes the group seem like it’s a large, uniform mass, rather than a diverse group of individuals." She adds, "This is the key to 'othering.'"
John A. Powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society wrote in the Berkeley Blog, "Trump’s strategy and use of language is designed to further stigmatize the black community to a largely white base."
This Trump fan is no different from her chosen candidate, who turned around during the rally and said, "I love the signs behind me: 'Blacks For Trump'. I like those signs."
The fact that this Trump fan thought it appropriate to speak for black Americans at a televised rally is illustrative of the racism and white superiority that runs rampant among Trump voters and Trump's campaign. While there are certainly some African-Americans who will be voting for Trump, it is completely inappropriate for white Americans to try to exploit and speak for them.
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