Despite presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s frigid reception among Black voters, the battle is anything but a sure thing for his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. As we approach the election many Blacks – particularly millennials – are raising concerns, despite the president’s support.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received The Phoenix Trailblazer Award at the culminating Phoenix dinner for the CBCF’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference. (Photo by Rob Roberts)
In a Sept. 14 phone interview with Philadelphia’s WDAS radio personality Frankie Darcell, Obama expressed frustration with Black voters who claimed an overwhelming sense of distrust for Clinton. “They take Hillary for granted. My concern is just making sure that folks, particularly African-American folks, don’t suddenly say, ‘You know we’re not as excited because Barack and Michelle are leaving and so we’re just not registering, we’re not going to vote,” Obama said.
A new national NBC News/ Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows Hillary Clinton with a slight lead, 42 to 39 percent. The poll suggests that only 6 percent of Black voters nationally plan to support Donald Trump, but he gets almost half of the White vote in that poll, suggesting that Clinton must be doing very well with non-White voters.
However, according to participants of this week’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference, acceptance of Clinton may not be the case. “Just because the Black community accepted Clinton as First Lady, does not mean we have faith in her as President,” Anne-Marie Rollins, a Hampton University student attending the conference told the AFRO. “Clinton had done nothing to hoist her position, discuss issues that are facing young Black women and men, or race relations in the country. She has made her way by being Obama’s friend and the ‘UnTrump,’ which is simply not enough.”
Rollins was not the only attendee to share those sentiments. “There is something about Clinton that does not sit well with me,” Quentin Carter told the AFRO “There are several off-the-cuff comments that this woman has made, including her position on young Black males as super-predators that facilitated mass incarcerations across the nation of Black men, which lead me to believe that she is a racist, a bigot, and ill-equipped to handle the job of U.S. President.”
The greatest concern now, for Obama and other supporters of Clinton, is the belief that because of a distrust of Clinton and a distaste of Trump, Black voters will avoid polling centers entirely. “Don’t even think that people have an excuse not to vote,” Obama said at the conference’s Phoenix Dinner Awards Sept. 18. “This is as important as ’08, as important as 2012 because, let me tell you, if Donald Trump wins, everything we’ve worked for is going to be reversed.”