In one of his first presidential speeches, Donald Trump said to a mostly white crowd in Hershey, Pa., “They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. And that was big — so thank you to the African American community.” Had blacks voted in the numbers they did in 2012, Trump would probably not be president. So, his newly announced campaign “Black Voices for Trump,” an appeal to black voters for 2020, rings hollow against his record of racism and litany of lies.
His pitch that black Americans have fared well under his administration and that Democrats have taken them for granted is as solid as a two-legged stool. Criminal justice reform and job growth are now his main talking points for why blacks should be grateful for his leadership.
Yet only a few months ago Trump made clear his disdain for the First Step Act, which brought about criminal justice reform and which he signed. “A total dud,” is how one person with knowledge of an Oval Office meeting on campaign strategy described Trump’s view of son-in-law Jared Kushner’s bipartisan legislative deal. “He’s really mad that he did it. He’s saying that he’s furious at Jared because Jared is telling him he’s going to get all these votes of all these felons.” Trump believes in criminal justice reform only when courting black voters.