Donald Trump last week cranked up what appears to be the latest of his many “pet” themes this campaign season, when he went directly after the black vote by heavily criticizing the record Democrats have registered for decades as the self-appointed caretakers of minorities in America.
On Tuesday, Trump delivered an impassioned speech in Wisconsin on the topic of social equitability for African-Americans in the United States, just a relative handful of miles from Milwaukee, where leftover riot and protest activity was still simmering in the wake of the shooting of a black man by a police officer.
Trump essentially charged the Democratic Party with making life worse for blacks in American cities by turning its back on the real needs of those communities in favor of short-term vote-getting efforts. In that speech, Trump said, “Our job is to not make life more comfortable for the rioter or the robber or the looter. 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.”
Pointedly, Trump said, “The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African American community,” suggesting that the web of rampant poverty, crime, and lousy educational systems in which urban blacks have found themselves caught has been spun singularly by the various Democratic leaderships in charge of many of these American cities for decades.
On Saturday, Trump doubled down on his criticism of how blacks have fared at the hands of Democrats when he appeared on Fox News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine:
“[T]he African-American people have been absolutely mistreated and abused by Democratic politicians who have taken advantage of them. You know, it was in my speech, and I really sort of just was reading the statistics where you have 40 percent that are living in poverty, 58 percent of the students — I mean the young people — they can’t get jobs, you know. It’s just like a total catastrophe. The unemployment rate, everything is bad, no health care, no education, no anything and poverty is unbelievable … and then I said, ‘Hey, wait a minute, vote for me. What do you have to lose? I can’t do any worse than what these people have been doing and I will do better.’”
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large