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#EndorseThis: Eugene Robinson On Trump’s New ‘Outreach’: ‘He Wasn’t Speaking To African Americans’

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#EndorseThis: Eugene Robinson On Trump’s New ‘Outreach’: ‘He Wasn’t Speaking To African Americans’

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Eugene Robinson, columnist for the Washington Post and contributor to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, pushed back on Joe Scarborough’s claim this morning that Donald Trump is better off trying to reach out to minority communities than continuing with his scorched earth campaign to win on a small, “angry” portion of the electorate.

The premise, Robinson asserted, is a false one: If Trump really wanted to reach out to black voters, why hasn’t he accepted the numerous invitations he’s received over the course of this campaign to speak to black voters directly, and to minority and civil rights organizations like the NAACP and the National Association of Black Journalists, whose convention (co-hosted with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists) Trump skipped just two weeks ago.


“Your lives are miserable! You live in hell! What do you have to lose!” Robinson said, mocking Trump’s style. “Clearly, he’s talking to white voters… in the suburbs in Philadelphia, in the suburbs of Washington D.C., and he’s trying to say ‘Look, I care about African Americans, too, in my own totally inappropriate, insulting, and condescending way. I care about them, so I’m not a racist and therefore you can vote for me.”

Trump has made a few speeches in which he addresses his awful deficit with minority voters, but his actions speak much louder than his words: He recently hired far-far-right media executive Stephen Bannon to lead his campaign, which released an advertisement last week that makes immigrants look like an invading swarm of sub-humans, and he continues to parrot an incorrect unemployment statistic about African American youth, wildly inflating the number by counting full-time students and other groups justifiably out of the labor force.

And that’s in the past month alone. Trump has a long, racist history: He was sued by Richard Nixon’s Justice Department for alleged housing discrimination (talk about a high bar to clear…), he took out a full-page newspaper ads in 1989 calling for the execution of the so-called “Central Park Five,” young teenagers who were later found to be completely innocent of the murder for which they were accused, and, just a year ago, he retweeted an phony image from a white supremacist website, spreading a lie about crime statistics. The link in Trump’s tweet has since been deleted (his tweet is still there), but here’s the image it linked to:

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So, maybe a speech in a white suburb of Milwaukee isn’t going to cut it.

Photo: MSNBC

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14 Comments

  1. jmprint August 22, 2016

    Goes to show Republican have to keep on pushing lies in order to win, but who’s calling them liars.

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    1. plc97477 August 22, 2016

      I think at this point it would be truer to call them desperate.

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      1. jmprint August 22, 2016

        They are very desperate, to the point of acting pathetic.

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        1. iamproteus August 24, 2016

          Acting? Feeling charitable today, are you, jm?

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          1. jmprint August 24, 2016

            Slightly, giving them the benefit of doubt. They really couldn’t be that pathetic, could they?

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          2. iamproteus August 24, 2016

            Heh, heh, heh! No, of course not! If you don’t believe me, just ask them. They wouldn’t lie to you….much.

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  2. ivory69690@yahoo.com August 22, 2016

    because DONNT DUMP is a RACIST BIGOT and hates any one that dosent have white Hitler kind of personality in them that’s why he wont talk to any of them this stupid DUMPSTER thinks talking to a 99% crowd of white people will get him the black vote he is an idiot plan and simple

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    1. iamproteus August 24, 2016

      Nothing new…he’s an idiot in ANY circumstance.

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  3. idamag August 22, 2016

    Donald Trump, if you wanted the Black vote you would have to denounce the KKK. You can’t have it both ways.

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  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 22, 2016

    By now, Donald’s views and sentiments regarding black people is etched in stone. Nothing he says can be taken seriously regarding race relations in America because he’s lived a sheltered life, cuddled and spoiled, and was spared having to associate with any people of color(aka “The Others”). Since growing up, he’s never taken the time to learn the story of such a large minority, nor does he feel it necessary to change that trend.

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  5. Jon August 22, 2016

    Did Donnie bother to stop and think that hiring white supremacist Stephen Bannon shortly before the speech in Wisconsin might make him look like a very insincere liar when he claimed to be concerned about the plight of blacks?

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    1. A. D. Reed August 24, 2016

      Dear Jon,

      Some phenomena are prohibited by the laws of physics, others by the laws of chemistry, mathematics, and other sciences. Some are prohibited by the less rigid, but still strong, laws of logic, language, coherent thought and critical thinking.

      Your phrase, “Did Donnie bother to stop and think…” violates all the laws in all those disciplines.

      C- on your essay for starting from a false premise.

      Snarkily yours,

      A.D.

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  6. Joan August 24, 2016

    Given Trump’s history which includes taking the birther nonsense to ridiculous extremes, giving speeches in front of a 90% white audience many of them waving Confederate Flags is unpersuasive to black voters. His friend, employee(?) Corey’s assertion that it is too dangerous for Trump to appear in a predominately black neighborhood should tell everyone all they need to know about this fake outreach effort. If Trump is elected the black committee can look forward to Trump unloading cartoons of Play Doh in their neighborhoods soon.

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