Where have we heard this line of rhetoric before?
I realize Trump is not perfect, and this may not turn me against him, because the alternative is much, much worse. But is Trump just courting the elusive ‘African-American’ vote? Or is he trying to win back the Trump-phobic ‘cuckservative’ vote? Either possibility seems like a waste of time to me.
In any case, see the responses of the Free Republic faithful to this speech of Trumps: they roundly cheer it, and think it constitutes ‘throwing down’, and ‘his best speech ever!’ One comment says “Right on Mr. Trump! BlackVotesMatter!”
And that alone is enough to make me think the opposite. The FR crowd, for those who shun that forum, love to use that line about the Democrats ‘being the real racists’, considering it to be a potential coup-de-grace to the Democrat Party, if only blacks would see it the same way — which, of course, they don’t and won’t. To blacks, all Whites are ‘real racists’, even those who protest they aren’t. Especially those who protest they aren’t, and point the finger at other Whites.
From the speech:
“It is time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths.
The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community. Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.”
Who writes these speeches? Trump seems to have some on his staff who are part of that FoxNews group of pundits who seem to be influencing him towards being more ‘inclusive’, reaching out to the very people who oppose him the most, and hate him.
How can Trump be a potential advocate for the majority population while trying to appeal to minorities with endless grievances? One can’t serve two masters.
And bad as the Democrats are, it’s just a falsehood to say that Democrats are to blame for black dysfunction and crime; that attitude takes moral agency away from blacks, as if they are in fact blank slates who have been shaped completely by the Democrat Party, and exercise no free will at all.
I am sorry to see Trump recycling these pathetic memes of the Limbaugh/Fox News crowd.
Update: Byron York writes about the speech, in a piece entitled ‘Asking for black votes, a very different Donald Trump’.
Another note: a commenter at Free Republic says the speech was ‘partly written by Rudy Giuliani’, and York reports that Newt Gingrich approves highly of the message.