By Black Men In America.com
The Donald J. Trump train is rolling down the tracks defying all political logic and wisdom along the way. Talk show host Tavis Smiley wrote an article published today for USA Today and their network of affiliates speculating that some black voters may support Donald Trump in this year’s presidential election. (You can read the entire article at this link: http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2016/03/02/tavis-smiley-black-voters-may-support-trump/81203240/).
Smiley notes how quiet the black elite have been as Trump has been taken to task for his incendiary language on immigrants and race. Those who travel in social circles with Trump, even as he has been taken to task time and again for his racial if not racist language. Smiley writes, “There have been some exceptions — Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover come to mind — but the relative silence of the black establishment class has been chilling.” Smiling made a great point when he wrote the following:
“Finally, it’s mind-numbing to some of us that a reckless member of the billionaire class has somehow convinced hardworking, everyday people that he is their savior. But all rich guys aren’t created equal. Ultimately, Trump’s policies might not be that different from what Mitt Romney’s would have been, but they apparently sound different to working class voters.”
By now most of you reading this article are familiar with Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson aka Diamond and Silk. This duo exploded on social media with their support of Donald Trump that has angered many on social media, particularly Black Twitter.
The North Carolina sisters have created several YouTube videos voicing their loyalty to Trump and are calling for everyone to “ditch and switch” in support of Trump. They’ve also introduced Trump at a campaign stop.
And then there’s the story of Katrina Pierson. Pierson, a Texas Tea Party activist and communications consultant from Dallas, Texas, who reportedly voted for President Obama in 2008 and now serves as the national spokesperson for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign.
Pierson’s claim to fame is that she makes as many offensive statements as her boss. Earlier this year Pierson wore a necklace of bullets for a CNN interview, to show her love and support for the NRA.
As the Republican field narrows it will be interesting to see how many black voters jump on the Trump Train.
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