While there is a lot of hysteria over the Donald J. Trump campaign these past few days, other news items and opinions don’t seem to get as much attention so you may have missed them. I realize that the black voters referred to below are seen as deluded and apostates by many manning the moral high ground. I merely offer the following excerpts and links as an FYI.
There is no doubt National Review will have a series of articles outlining how the following is ludicrous. On that topic, I must compliment the great minds at National Review — they never seem to run out of negative angles on Trump, his campaign, or his supporters. Just think — three more months of fun! It’ll be a real test of their creativity and I have confidence they will not run out of ideas.
Why Trump Shouldn’t Write Off the Black Vote
By Jason L. Riley
The Wall Street Journal
His success in business could help him explain how liberal policies have hurt African-Americans.
President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, a Sunday night. The major networks interrupted their prime-time programming to air the president’s remarks, and ABC drew the largest audience because most people were already watching “Dancing with the Stars.” But NBC had the largest black television audience for the president’s speech, and the reason was Donald Trump.
Mr. Trump’s reality television show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” consistently performed well with black viewers. Partly this is because they seem to like the genre. Even cable channels popular with blacks, like BET and VH1, are reality-heavy. “Celebrity Apprentice” also regularly featured black contestants, and we all like to watch people on TV who look like us.
Read more: Manhattan Institute
Charlotte African-American church rallies behind Trump
Sunday afternoon at Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries, Earl Phillip stood at the podium and told a story from his time in the Army to illustrate why he supports Donald Trump.
Phillip was chosen as the leader of his squad of 12 infantrymen, and the other men in the competitive group were jealous. But they still trusted him with their lives.
“They didn’t like it, but they still followed me,” he said. “They wanted to be with the right person in the right place at the right time. At that time, it was yours truly.”
Now, Phillip told the congregation, it’s Trump’s time.
“There are folks out there that don’t agree, and I get it,” Phillip said of his support for Trump. “But whether we support him or not, he is our leader.”
Phillip, a lifelong Republican from a Caribbean immigrant family, is the North Carolina state manager for the Trump campaign. In the sanctuary on North Davidson Street, about 100 church members listened to him speak at Sunday’s rally, where pastor Thomas Rodgers endorsed Trump for president.
Trump’s name being met with raucous applause, cheers and cries of “Amen!” in an African-American church might seem a strange scene to some. But Trump’s controversial remarks about women and minorities don’t dissuade these church members, who see him as the candidate who will promote economic opportunity and moral revival.
When church member Robert Witherspoon hears Trump speak, he hears inspiration, not racism.
Read more: Charlotte Observer
Get Ready For The Trump Campaign’s Black Outreach Effort
The campaign will begin in earnest trying to mobilize black Republicans toward their cause this weekend in Charlotte. But it’s a long road ahead. “There was this [cringeworthy] moment every black Republican had about the Mexican judge.”
On Sunday, an entire Charlotte church will endorse Donald Trump.
Trump surrogates will attempt a media blitz, trying to engage black women, veterans, and leaders over the next several days, culminating in the church’s endorsement at Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries. “Supporting Hillary is like being with an abusive ex, one that you already know left you broken and wounded,” reads a post on the church’s Facebook page from last month. “At this point, give the new guy a chance.”
The event there — “A Day of Endorsement” — will feature a small group of high-profile Trump supporters: black outreach director Omarosa Manigault (an ordained minister); Trump national spokesperson Katrina Pierson; Trump surrogate Pastor Mark Burns, who spoke at July’s Republican convention; and Eric Trump Foundation Vice President Lynne Patton. Manigault will preach at the worship service, according to sources briefed on the event.
And that’s how Donald Trump’s black outreach campaign will officially begin.
Read more: Buzzfeed
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