Let us look at the facts.
Two months ago, Dilbert creator Scott Adams summed up Trump's No. 1 problem: race. Democrats have been calling Republicans racist since Barry Goldwater -- an actual racist -- ran in 1964 and took five segregated Southern states and his home state of Arizona. I maintain that Goldwater actually hurt Reagan ready was a national figure without him. Goldwater was one of only six Republican senators to vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, putting him in company with Bob Byrd.
Wrote Scott Adams:
But while Trump has defined Clinton as crooked, the Clinton campaign has put together an impressive confirmation bias case that Trump is a racist. As I have described in prior posts, none of the “evidence” is real. Trump talks about other countries, illegal immigrants, and religion. He has no proposals about race. But the facts are not important to politics. Never have been, never will. What matters is that the Clinton side – including parts of the media – have branded Trump a racist, and it is sticking.Now then, getting rid of that stain is hard. Republicans have tried and tried.
But Trump was up to the task. First, he set himself up as the law-and-order candidate. Liberals have long called law-and-order a dog whistle for racism. But he openly and defiantly blew it, and waited for the opportunity which he knew would come.
When a small sliver of African-Americans rioted in Milwaukee, Trump went to Wisconsin and gave his pitch to black voters: What the hell do you have to lose by voting for me? Make America Great Again would bring jobs to black people as well as white people. And law-and-order helps black people, because it is not the white people who see their CVS pharmacies torched.
He struck a chord. After five decades of Great Society programs, nearly half the people in prison in our nation are black. But the real problem is nearly half the crime victims in America are black, because crime is the last segregated industry in America. Rare is white-on-black or black-on-white crime. The tragedy for people of color is not the men in prison, but the men in graveyards -- put there by men of their own race.
Trump chose one of the whitest towns in Wisconsin to make that speech. Commentators said great speech, wrong audience.
Brilliant, I said that at the time. Once again the pundits were wrong. He made his pitch for black votes before a white audience in order to establish credibility. He also got his enemies in punditry to call his speech a great speech, which it was.
He gave the same speech again in one of the whitest towns in Michigan. His message to African-Americans was no, seriously, this is what I mean by law and order and making America great again. He was showing people his sincerity and seriousness by not saying one thing to whites and another thing to black people.
On Saturday, finally, he spoke to a black church in Detroit. In that church, he shed the label of racism.
This was forty years in the making. Trump began his career by mimicking his father, who believed in segregated housing. His father was wrong, and Trump caught on quick. He has spent some of his life working with black people, getting to know them, and trying to see what their dreams are.
Guess what? Their dreams are no different from white people. We all want a purpose in life and the love of our families and friends.
By delivering the same speech to different audiences, Trump is bringing people together. Guess what, my fellow white people, black people hate crime too.
He just made law-and-order a black cause. He will make it a Latino one as well. That's what leaders do.
Hillary should worry. She needs the black vote. Republicans can win without the black vote. Democrats can't. One-quarter of their votes come from black people. Trump indeed will siphon some of those must-get votes. This will show in a lower turnout of black votes as well as an increase in Republican market share.
I tweeted last year that thirty years from now, Republicans will have quit looking for the next Reagan and will look for the next Trump instead. This is an example of why.
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