The media (and the Democrats) don’t want you to know this, but Donald Trump got a much larger share of the African-American vote than Mitt Romney and other recent Republican contenders for the White House.
This has left “experts” wondering why. But the fact is, Trump is looked upon by many Americans, not just blacks, as an aspirational figure and the embodiment of the American dream. That he’s from New York City and not, say, the South or Midwest, gives him an urban “flavor” that appeals to lots of big city voters who would normally vote Democrat.
Historians will be mulling over this and other counterintuitive results from this election for generations to come. For now, not all African-Americans are on board the “Trump train,” but one of the leaders in the community is asking them to give the new president a chance.
Pam Key of Breitbart.com has the story:
Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Bob Johnson said after a Sunday meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, with President-elect Donald Trump that African-Americans should give the incoming president “a shot and give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Discussing how the meeting was set up, Johnson said, “You know how these things happen, a friend calls a friend and they say, you know, Bob, President-elect Trump would like to meet with you to talk about how he can better reach out to the African-American community, and I said, that’s a positive sign, so I accepted the invitation. We had a great chat. The most important thing that came out of the meeting, he and I agreed, and if you recall in the election, he asked what do African-Americans have to lose, and I said President-elect Trump, the real question is what do they have to gain by your presidency? And he said you are right, we should talk aspirational, and we should talk about things you believe are important for African-Americans and I want to have that dialogue and that’s what we talked about.”
Signalling what could be a new era in American politics, Johnson opined that no group of people in America should consider themselves lifelong Republicans or Democrats.
Instead, he said, they should soberly look at which party has their best interests in mind, and not just vote for one party or another based on a kind of “tribal” tradition and misguided loyalty.
As protesters continue to chant “Not my president” online and in the streets, it is heartening to hear another voice of sanity asking Americans to give Trump a chance.