Trump Cannot Win Over Black Voters

| by Mark Jones
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally held in Phoenix Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally held in Phoenix

Ben Carson will speak at the Republican National Convention on July 19. Despite his call for black voters to support the GOP's chosen candidate and his economic initiatives, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will not gain the support of black voters in time for the 2016 election.

In July, racial tensions in America are higher than they have been in years. After deadly shootings in multiple states and conflicts with police officers, Americans must confront an issue that plagues the country so clearly.

With 2016 also being an election year, presidential candidates must respond to topics such as racial injustices and the fight for equality during their campaigns.

Quora reports that black voters have associated, overwhelmingly, with the Democratic Party rather than the GOP.  This election year will not break that trend, especially with Trump leading the Republican Party.

Earlier this year, Trump told Washington Post Senior Editor Marc Fisher that he is “the least racist person ever.”  His claim is quite lofty considering his track record of accusing individuals of being “rapists” simply because of their Mexican heritage.

A poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal asked voters how well they thought the 2016 presidential candidates would handle race relations in the United States. Of all black voters surveyed, only 5 percent believed that Trump would handle racial relations better than Clinton.

Mike Davis, president of the New Frontier Democratic Club, showed his support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by saying, “She will lead the charge for racial equality.”

Given recent tragic events in U.S. history, the candidate that represents a hopeful future for race relations in America has a good shot at the presidency. That candidate is not Donald Trump.

Polls from the second week in July show that Trump received 0 percent of the African-American vote in the important swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Winning votes in those states in this election will remain critical for the success of either candidate up until that fateful Tuesday in November. Without any support from African-American voters, it may be tough for Trump to secure victories in the swing states.

Logistically speaking, Trump cannot come back from these deficits. The difference between black voters currently in support of Clinton and black voters in support of Trump is much too high to balance before the election.  No matter how much money and effort the GOP pours into reaching out to black voters, Trump does not have the time to earn their support.

Furthermore, black voters in support of Clinton are not likely to waiver. From the start of her campaign, she knew how important black and Hispanic votes would be to securing a nomination in the Democratic Party.  She has developed sophisticated initiatives to combating racism in America, and made her call for a break-down of “racial barriers” known to all.

Trump, on the other hand, seems to have realized only recently that black votes matter.

Just one day before the start of the Republican National Convention, Trump hired a former contestant for "The Apprentice," Omarosa Manigault, to lead the African-American outreach for his campaign.  Despite Manigault’s previous work for the National Diversity Coalition, she may have joined the Trump campaign too late in the game for her efforts to make a significant impact.

In line with claims that he has made already, Carson most likely will encourage black voters to place their support in Trump because of his knowledge of the economy.  Carson has said that Trump knows how to create jobs that would benefit black voters.

In reality, this is not the most prominent issue in America at present.  Racial tensions need to be dealt with, and the candidate who offers legitimate solutions and a non-racist attitude will garner the support of black voters.

As stated previously, that candidate is not Donald Trump. 

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Sources: Quora, Politico, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Vibe / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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