Trump Thinks Black People Have Been Voting Democrat Since Before They Got The Right To Vote

Donald Trump likes to pretend he cares about black people. We all know this is a lie; after all, we are talking about the man who has been a lifelong and unrepentant racist, and who waged a five-year racist campaign to delegitimize America’s first black president by pretending that Barack Obama was not an American Christian, but rather a Kenyan Muslim, and therefore ineligible to hold the presidency.

Despite all of the demonstrable racism – from his entire life to his racist campaign of embracing the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, to referring to African nations as “shithole countries” – Trump continues to peddle the idea that he loves black people in front of mostly white audiences. Nothing about that changed during his Tuesday evening rally in Nashville, Tennesee, where he campaigned for Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s run for the United States Senate.

Now, Trump took it a step further at this rally. He, of course, had terrible things to say about Democrats, and insisted that Republicans were better for the cause of uplifting African-Americans. Then, he did something most peculiar – well, peculiar for anyone with any knowledge of history that is – and claimed that black people had been voting for Democrats for 100 years, without getting anywhere with this vote. This is, of course a lie – because he neglected to understand that black people have not had the right to vote for 100 years.

We only got that right 54 years ago. We only ended southern apartheid in the form of Jim Crow with the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the year that bears the Act’s name, and the Voting Rights Act was signed the next year. NBC reporter Geoff Bennet, who was at the rally, tweeted it out:

A little history lesson:

There was this little thing around that time called the Southern Strategy. It was when Southern racist Democrats who didn’t like LBJ’s moves on Civil Rights found themselves without a party. That is when the GOP pounced on their dilemma, with the Nixon campaign. This became known as the Southern Strategy. It was articulated by a brilliant -if morally bankrupt – GOP strategist named Lee Atwater, who said, thusly, of dog-whistling racists and using white resentment to win elections:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

And the GOP has been doing this ever since. From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queens” trope that stereotypes black women – and black single mothers in particular – to this day, to the “law and order,” and “tough on crime” nonsense that gave cops the legal permission to over police communities of color, to George H.W. Bush’s infamous “Willie Horton” ad – yes, the Republican Party has always been a hotbed of racism. They don’t want to admit it in 2018, but how else would they get one of the most racist men in America elected president if it weren’t? This all continues to this day, as Trump nominates racist birthers like John Kenneth Bush to the federal bench for lifetime appointments and they are steadily confirmed by the Republican Senate. It continues as he gets Jefferson Beauregard Sessions confirmed as Attorney General – a man deemed too racist to be a federal judge in 1986 by a GOP Senate with a GOP President. And on, and on, and on.

Yeah, Trump, we largely vote Democrat. They might not be perfect, but at least they don’t hate us. In short, fuck you. Pick up a history book, and talk to some people who aren’t white.


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