by Judd Legum
Trump continued his multi-day effort to court the African-American vote with an appearance Saturday night on Fox News.
Trump’s message to the black community: Your lives are so miserable, I couldn’t possibly make things worse. He ignores the black middle class and describes the entire racial group as uneducated, unemployed and desperate.
Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro that blacks in America have “no health care, no education, no anything.” He described the lives of African-Americans as “a total catastrophe.”
Pressed on what he would actually do for African-Americans, Trump said that he would “get jobs,” without elaborating. Trump also promised to bring “spirit” to African-Americans by being a “cheerleader.”
Trump’s argument ignores that the vast majority of African-Americans have jobs, health insurance and do not live in poverty.
While many challenges persist, Trump also ignores the real progress many African-Americans have made during the Obama years.
Recent polls show Trump trailing Hillary Clinton among African-Americans bya margin of 92–2.
Trump’s public appeal for African-American votes appears to be part of a much anticipated general election “pivot,” which may also include a softening of his positions on immigration.
His efforts to broaden his appeal, however, are complicated by the fact that, just this week, Trump installed a champion of the modern white power movement as his campaign’s CEO.