One of the strangest and most bizarre twists in this US presidential campaign was the recent attempt by candidate Donald John Trump to reach out to African American voters. Indeed, what makes this putative attempt bizarre is that Trump elected to make this public outreach in the city of Dimondale, Michigan, whose population is 93 per cent white. What’s wrong with that picture?
The vital questions that come to the fore immediately are: is Trump afraid to look African-Americans in the face, as in eyeball-to-eyeball, as he seeks to court their vote? Why isn’t Trump campaigning in cities where the vast majority of the population is African American?
Moreover, his token, scripted congregational outreach dialogue at a black church in Detroit is not going to work.
Trump needs to realise (but probably never will) that African-Americans are both seeing through and decoding his puerile game plan.
© Luis Oberto
It will only result in nothing more than an exercise in maximum futility.
As Rev Jesse Jackson enunciated at the Democratic National Convention in California on July 18, 1984: âI would rather have Roosevelt in a wheelchair than Reagan on a horse.â
And as fellow New Yorker and fellow billionaire plus former New York mayor (now independent politician) Michael Bloomberg reiterated at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016: âI’m a New Yorker and New Yorkers know a con (man) when we see one.â
Today, African Americans are telling Donald J Trump that in the hood, we also know a bull******* when we see one.
© Luis Oberto
Donald Trump you resemble such an individual to the maxâabsolutely no doubt about thatâa perfect twin if ever there was one.
As the November 8 general elections approach, African Americans are saying very loudly to Trump: We would rather have âcrooked Hillaryâ cum all her e-mails in the White House than Trump in his private plane and his deceitful, unlicensed âTrump Universityâ and all his bankruptcy cases in federal court.
The stark political reality is that Trump needs to realise (but probably never will) that the fundamental question in this crucial presidential election is not âwhat the hellâ African Americans âhave to loseâ; on the contrary, the fundamental question is âwhat the hellâ does candidate Trump have to gain from African Americans? And the answer is or as the national survey poll says: nothing, nada, zilch, zero.
And yes, Donald Trump, African Americans are more than willing to give you âa chanceâ but not in this life.
© Luis Oberto
In addition, as the beloved, deceased 35th president of the United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy posed to the American people on 20 January 1961: âAsk not what your country can do for youâask what you can do for your country.â
In 2016 the question to you, Donald Trump, is: âAsk not what Donald John Trump can do for African Americans; ask what African Americans refuse to do for Donald J Trump?” The answer is already set in stone, by any means necessary.
And by the way, Donald Trump, âwhat the hell do you have to loseâ by releasing your income tax returns as so many presidential candidates have done?
What’s in your wallet?
Case closed, end of discussion!