Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions from reporters. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who is maintaining his frontrunner status, has recently been reported as attracting White supremacists to his racially-incendiary campaign.
Here is how it has been reported as working: White nationalists groups will carry a newspaper with a Donald Trump headline and show it to White patrons in coffee shops, on trains, at bus stops, and pitch their White-only organizations.
And it’s effective. Trump’s anti-politically correct campaign resonates with many White supremacists even though Trump claims that he hasn’t endorsed any of these hate groups.
But Trump has called Mexicans “rapists,” and a Black man was kicked, punched and called the N-word by Whites while being ejected from a Trump rally last year without Trump interceding—indeed some say he encouraged the ejectment. Yet Trump proudly boasts that he can do more for African Americans than President Barack Obama.
The sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a powerful conservative on the U.S. Supreme Court, has even more polarized the racial divide of the American electorate in this presidential election year.
The once conservative-dominated court could rule on weighty issues such as affirmative action, immigration and Obama’s health care law – all issues that have become racially divisive.
Republicans in their quest to preserve a numerical advantage of conservative justices on the Count, insist that no president in recent history has nominated a Supreme Court Justice late in his term in office. Thus, they are repeatedly threatening a Congressional block of any Obama candidate to fill the Scalia Supreme Court vacancy. Obama, however, has indicated that he will nevertheless be moving forward to present Congress a replacement for Scalia – as he should.
The Obama action has a clear precedent in the President Ronald Reagan appointment of Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, late in Reagan’s final term in the White House.
Furthermore, there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that explicitly states that Obama cannot make an appointment during his last year in office and Republicans know this. Their threats represent political hypocrisy at its worse.
Trump on this issue, has joined with his fellow Republicans by stating: “It’s up to Mitch McConnell and everybody else to stop it,” …… “It’s called delay, delay, delay.”
This and other actions by Trump and the Republican Congress merely support the obvious suspicion held by many in the Black community that Obama’s race, as always, continues to ignite the Trump/Republican mistreatment and disrespect they have too often leveled at the Obama presidency.
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Yet, Trump continues to insist that he can rally numerous Black voters around his candidacy. We believe his presence instead represents a rallying point for most Black folks to be against his candidacy.
Consider this: Trump has been criticized over the years for racial insensitivity.
He was accused of making racial slurs against Black people in a book written in 1991 by John R. O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, called “Trumped!”
In the book, O’Donnell wrote that Trump once said, in reference to a Black accountant at Trump Plaza, “Laziness is a trait in blacks.” He also said: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
And in 1989, after the rape of a White female jogger in Central Park, Trump took out full-page newspaper ads in four New York newspapers calling for the death penalty. The suspects at that time were five African-American teenage boys — who were subsequently convicted. But 13 years later all were completely exonerated. At the time of his ads, Trump’s actions infuriated many in New York’s Black community, and after the five men were exonerated, many in the Black community demanded a Trump apology. None was extended, even after the realization that all five could have been executed had the Trump rush to judgment request for the death penalty been originally followed.
We don’t believe the New York Black community has forgotten or forgiven Trump’s actions. When coupled with the theatrical insults, racial and otherwise, Trump has consistently spewed out during this campaign, there is no justification for rest of the Black community to forgive or forget all that we have seen and heard from him either.
Trump does not in any respect deserve the support of the Black community!