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Serious Question: Could Donald Trump Pay You To Vote For Him?

December 11th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Could Donald Trump pay you to vote for him

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Serious question: how much would it take for you to vote for Donald Trump?

I ask this because yesterday Donald Trump’s camp told Yahoo News that it was certain he could pull 100 percent of the Black vote.

How certain?

Well, as reported by Mediate:

In an interview with Yahoo News, one of Donald Trump‘s top political advisors said that their campaign expects to win “100 percent” of the black vote.

Yahoo’s Hunter Walker spoke with Trump lawyer and advisor Michael Cohen about the campaign’s recent efforts to woo the black vote: “When asked how much of the African-American vote the campaign wants to win, Cohen had a perfectly Trumpian answer: All of it.”

Our goal is 100 percent,” Cohen told Walker. But he then amended that statement to saying that they would be happy with only flipping the 93 percent who typically vote Democrat.”

To put it mildly, that is some extraordinary courage and belief in one self.

I have always felt that Trump was trolling us with this campaign. Like this is all some sort of mass conspiracy to get folks riled up for a political season that most of us have been kind of “meh” about. No offense to Clinton, Sanders and the equally boring Republican slate, but this Trump-mania feels like a badly-scripted reality show perpetuated by the media.

After all, CNN and the likes have to keep those ratings up somehow.

Yet, as he continues to lose supporters and likely connections in both the business and political realm (even Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently came out and denounced Trump for going too far in his pledge to ban all Muslims), it is hard to see what else there is to gain in it for him.

Perhaps Trump really wants to be president. Or perhaps this is an episode of “Scooby Doo” where Fred rips the mask off of White supremacy to reveal that it was Donald Trump all along.

If either is true, I am convinced that he is willing to do and say anything for the nomination. That includes flat-out paying people to vote for him.

And honestly, is it too far-fetched to believe?

Let’s consider the Latina fan who ran on stage to profess her love for Mr. Trump only days after he caught heat for a series of derogatory comments about Latino immigrants. Or let’s consider the 99 Black preachers and Omarosa who have come out in support of a Trump candidacy- this after a Black protestor was attacked at one of his rallies. And let us also consider the sassy Popeye’s Chicken Lady and her equally sassy hype woman the Pine-Sol Lady (also known as Diamond and Silk) who have been become internet sensations for their ahem…lively support of Trump’s bid for the White House.

If those folks ain’t getting paid hard, cold cash then they are getting paid in something else. (Gold? Oil? The safe return of a dear relative who Trump may have tied up in a dank basement somewhere?)

Of course, I have no proof of this. But you have to admit, it is the only thing that makes logical sense.

I mean, what self-respecting person of color would stand by a candidate who wants to ban all Muslims, thinks that Blacks do most of the crime in America and preaches all sorts of jacked up things about women?

Many of us wouldn’t even do this for a good, White friend.

So either folks are getting paid, or they’rre pod people and the Body Snatchers have returned.

And getting something substantial in return (or being a pod person) is the only way I could logically see any Black person – particularly 93 percent of the people – voting for him.

So again, I ask: how much?

How much dough would he have to cough up to make you consider abandoning the Democrats and cast your ballot for Trump?

And before anyone gets all self-righteous talking about, “That’s so cynical. How you can ask such a question?”

Keep in my mind that we have been seeking out a similar beneficial relationship with the Democrats for decades and we have yet to see a full return on many of their promises and pledges to us. And we are not the only special interest group to have done so.

Plus, I’m just being messy…

GOP Hosts Trailblazers Luncheon To Woo The Black Vote

February 16th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File

Complete with a gospel choir singing the Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice,” the RNC tried to sway Blacks to jump onto the GOP bandwagon at its recent third annual “RNC Black Trailblazers Luncheon” at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC.The theme was not only to shine light on Black political trailblazers, but also to try to get more Black voters to support GOP candidates, which is a major goal for the RNC says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The luncheon was sold out.

“I think we can do much better with Black voters for our Republican candidate if we do the things that I’ve been talking about for the last three years and that increase can be an impact increase that people can point to, and say: See, this is what happens when you fight for every vote.” Priebus told The Washington Post. He added, “Money isn’t the answer, it has to be long-term engagement.”

While Black voters turned out in historic numbers in 2012, the GOP candidate Mitt Romney only received six percent.

This time around the Republicans don’t want to take any chances. They have set up officers in various key swing states to register more Black voters and they are reaching out to Black media. And they are making strong use of Back Republican elected officials such as Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) and Reps. Hurd and Mia Love (Utah) to lure in Blacks to the party.

Outreach will have to be backed with action, however, to counter some of the GOP’s tactics to actually stop the Black vote, such as the passing of and promoting voter ID laws. In most cases, these laws prohibit minorities and young voters from going to the polls. Republican politicians have actually bragged that voter ID laws have resulted in fewer votes for Obama.

As Chris Matthews of Hardball reported in his roundtable on the Trailblazers luncheon, “Reince Priebus says he wants Black votes. That’s a mighty tall order when your party suppress Black votes.”

GOP Party Official Sends Racist Email About Black Republican Candidate Erika Harold

June 21st, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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via Erika Harold for Congress on Facebook

via Erika Harold for Congress on Facebook

Jim Allen, a GOP chairman of Illinois, is apologizing for a racially-fueled email about former Miss America Erika Harold, who intends to run against incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis in 2014. According to The Huffington Post, the email said:

“Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shytecago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires,” Allen, a Davis supporter, wrote in the Tuesday email. “The little queen touts her abstinence and she won the crown because she got bullied in school,,, are cruel, life sucks and you move on.. Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.”

He later told the State Journal-Register, a newspaper in Illinois, that he recants the foul statements he made in the email. “My comments are very inappropriate and wrong, and I apologize to Miss Harold and her campaign and her supporters,” HuffPo says.

Although Allen is a member of Davis’ team, Davis’ affiliates quickly labeled Allen’s distasteful message  as “wrong.” Andrew Flach, a spokesman for Davis, wants the public to know that Allen’s comments do not mirror the views of Davis or his campaign. “Our hope is that supporters for all of the candidates conduct themselves in a positive matter and focus on the issues facing our country…” said Flach.

Rushing to disassociate Allen from their campaign, Davis’ camp removed Allen’s name from Davis’ website which was listed under a column of supporters. As the GOP struggles to garner minority support, a racist rant is the last thing they need.

The leaked e-mail was sent to Doug Ibendahl who manages the Republican News Watch website.

You’re Not Down With Brother Obama? 20 Black Celebs Who Have Republican Tendencies

September 12th, 2012 - By Blair Bedford
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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP.  Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:

Source: USA Today

LL Cool J

LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.

Did You Know These Black Celebs Were Republican?

August 27th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Sure, we all know the major black republicans like Allen West, Artur Davisand Clarence Thomas. But some famous faces have managed to slip under the radar when it comes to their affiliation with the GOP. Even though the party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is capturing zero percent of the black vote, there are still a number of African Americans who align themselves with the Republicans.

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Right Winged: 7 Surprisingly Conservative Celebrities

December 27th, 2011 - By Kschlicher
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A lot of celebrities who speak out about their political views are pretty liberal.  After all, actors and musicians are typically creative- minded which tend to lean towards Liberal views. However, that doesn’t mean that all celebs are registered Democrats.  There are actually more Republican supporters that you might think.  Take a look at these 7 celebs who lean to the right.

Is Gloria Cain a Harassment Enabler?

November 16th, 2011 - By Charing Ball
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Herman Cain and His Wife Gloria

So what’s the deal with Gloria Cain, wife of Republican candidate for president Herman Cain?

I ask this because yesterday I got a chance to watch a video of Gloria Cain’s interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News and was kind of perplexed by it.  No not because of how uncomfortable and awkward Van Susteren looked trying to twist her hard face into a soft and sympathy-filled gaze, but at how uninformed and basically clueless Mrs. Cain had been at the alleged sexual exploits of her husband of more than 40 years.

Maybe it should come as a surprise. After all, Gloria has spent most of the 2012 presidential race far away from the national spotlight, avoiding the rallies, the debates and the blunders, only to now be put on the public stage to defend her husband against the accusations that he is a little too friendly with the ladies.  And despite having her exasperated wife routine down, when asked about the first allegation of sexual harassment, she was completely dumbfounded.

Gloria contends that she “vaguely” remembers something about the allegations and that Herman did mention it to her — but he also told her that the charges were unfounded, so therefore she left it alone.  Of course, he never mentioned that the allegations resulted in the National Restaurant Association, his former employer, having to payout a $45,000 settlement with the complainant.  But it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because with certain women there is nothing you can tell them about their husbands.

For the rest of the interview, Gloria gushed about how her Herman is the protector of women, who is so deeply, fundamentally “old school.” Then she told a wonderful story about his relationship with “a little Christian lady” in his office with whom he liked to chat regularly with about Bible verses.  Her Herman is a good Christian man, which means his Christian values make him incapable of being the type to thrust a woman’s head, who is not his wife, into his crotch (as one woman alleges).  No, in order to do that, “he would have to have a split personality,” Gloria said. Or is just multi-dimensioned like most humans.

At any rate, poor old-fashioned Gloria Cain. I mean, poor, poor docile yet likable — but certainly fragile — and definitely earnest, Gloria. Either she doesn’t know how much of a cad her husband allegedly is or has willfully turned a blind eye to some of the antisocial behaviors we have heard about Mr. Cain exhibiting thus far.

While watching the interview, I started thinking about this film I watched recently called “The Woman,” a radical feminist revenge horror flick, which tells the tale of a smiling chauvinist and psychopathic father and the women he keeps under his thumb. In the film the father captures and abducts a wild, Amazonian-type woman, who just happened to be bathing in a creek. The psycho dad then chains the feral woman up in the family storm cellar under the guise of “civilizing” her. But the reality is that he was subjecting this imprisoned woman to all sorts of torture, abuse and just flat out sexual assault. As horrible a monster as he was, nothing he did could have been achieved without the assistance of his suburban wife, who despite disapproving of keeping a woman prisoner in the basement, would still make meals and sew clothing for the feral woman so that her husbands could sexual abuse her more comfortably. Basically, the wife didn’t do anything to help the woman escape, even though she knew it was wrong.  In short, she was complacent and by default was just as guilty as her psychopathic husband.

Now I’m not suggesting that Mrs. Cain is an enabler to her husbands alleged deviant behavior. Hell, I’m not even going to say that he is guilty – mainly because that might get me sued.  However, when you are married to a man, who is both disrespectful and condescending towards women including the House Democratic leader, who he called  “Princess Nancy” Pelosi; who referred to presidential rival Michele Bachmann as “tutti-frutti” ice cream; or who suggested that a pizza with vegetable toppings is not manly and should be considered a sissy pizza — then you don’t get to play the St. Herman card with people.

Sexual harassment allegations aside, your husband is a bit of a jerk, who makes xenophobic jokes about electrified fences and calls himself black walnut and cornbread to the delight of white audiences.  And if we can all see that he is a bit of a jerk than I’m certain that you noticed it many, many moons ago.

Perhaps it is because she is the old-fashioned type, who stays at home with the kids while her husband labors at the office.  Perhaps Cain is more chivalrous with his wife than he is with the general public.  Which is another reason to dislike his decision to drag her out into the public to clean up her husband’s mess.  Since when is a husband’s lack of discernment his wife’s responsibility?

Charing BallCharing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.




Cain Accuser’s Teaches Us All: Don’t Ever “Date” a Married Man

November 9th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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Any time a woman comes forward to accuse a man of an inappropriate sexual act, she better be ready to defend everything she’s ever done in her entire life. Herman Cain’s latest sexual harassment accuser is no different. In this case though, the victim, Sharon Bialek, seemed to put this onus on herself when she admitted that she not only went out on a “date” with Cain, but also followed him into an office late at night alone after the intimate meeting. A female correspondent on Fox News had this to say about this Cain accuser:

I think if there’s any teachable moment in all of this, and we never talk about it, is that women shouldn’t put themselves in these positions. He’s a married man. What is she doing, what is he doing going for drinks, going back to his office, why are they in a car together?

That’s not a bad point. It doesn’t excuse Cain from supposedly trying to force her head towards his crotch (eww…) but it does make you question: is it ever OK to do “date-like” things with a married man? And I don’t mean your best friend who’s really like your brother and you know his wife and you all hang out together—I’m talking about the colleague, old flame, or married man at the gym that you wouldn’t wait a second before jumping into bed with if it weren’t for that ring on his finger.

Fortunately, I haven’t had too many run-ins with married men. I’m usually so busy asking questions like: why are you at the club pushing up on women when your wife is at home? Because of this, a married guy wouldn’t even try it. Recently, though, I was hanging out at the bar with a couple of guys and one of them mentioned some girl was coming. His friend said he didn’t care about any female coming, as he motioned to the ring on his finger. I was impressed.

Later he pulled out his phone and showed me pics of his wife and was bragging about her and I thought, “Aww he is so cute.”  But after a while we got to talking more and more about their relationship and his track record of fidelity grew less and less and suddenly he was giving me his number and telling me to call him some time. I thought, “Hmm this is strange. Is this the ‘honesty is the new dishonesty’ policy?” Putting it all out there and letting the woman do as she pleases?  I didn’t even feel comfortable taking down his number, which I did more out of shock and not wanting to be overtly rude. I knew I certainly would never call.

But I’ll admit, shamefully, that the thing that makes me steer clear of married men the most is karma. I do not want to be the woman sitting at home while my husband is out grinning in some 20-year-olds face and showing her my pics just because I thought it was cute to tempt some unhappily married man when I was young.

It can be an ego  trip to be that woman who takes a man’s mind off of his problems at home. But if you know you  won’t keep things strictly platonic, I’d say it’s best to skip the martinis and the dinners and the late night phone calls. The flesh is weak and Karma is a you know what. And it might sound old-fashioned, but if a woman is wiser and better able to keep herself out of these positions, she should.

Could Sharon Bialek have been that naive? I don’t know about you, but to me she looks like someone who has been around the block.

Have you ever found yourself in a compromising position with a married man? What’s your policy on doing non-platonic things with a married man? Drinks, dinner, dancing — what is the line? Do you take your chances or steer clear altogether?

Brande VictorianBrande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.




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Black Democrats: Modern-Day Slaves?

August 23rd, 2011 - By L. Nicole Williams
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“I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman

During an interview on Fox News last week, black Republican Congressman and GOP longshot, Allen West took to cable television to express his sentiments toward his people and their faithfulness to the Democratic Party. West accused Democrats of “taking black votes for granted” and compared prominent black leaders, such as Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, to “plantation bosses” (or overseers). “So, I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from the plantation and into a sense of sensibility,” he contended.

Now Mr. West may not be the most popular guy in many circles, surely not mine, and the plausibility of him snagging the Republican nomination is nil. So, whether or not he is the modern-day Harriet Tubman is a rhetorical question. However, the weight of the black vote is one worth exploring.

With the rate of unemployment climbing and monstrous corporations like Bank of American planning to lay thousands more off, poverty is a major concern as middle class is quickly becoming the new poor and the poor grow poorer. The whimpers of the impoverished are faint and have been overshadowed by partisan bickering, debt-ceiling ridiculousness and Tea Party-ing. Yet, despite these things, the black community continues to demonstrate unwavering support for Democrats and President O.

Upon criticizing President Obama and embarking on a nationwide “Poverty Tour,” Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have quickly become objects of ridicule. Radio show host Tom Joyner declared he would never work with Smiley again and alluded to the possibility of a Smiley/West “relationship.” Steve Harvey also used his widely syndicated morning show to voice his discontent, citing the tour as a hustle and labeling the duo poverty-pimping Uncle Toms.

We all know the issue is not Smiley’s (alleged) attempt to stay relevant or Harvey securing a spot in the rich-black-Obama-supporters inner circle. It’s the fact that black Americans have pledged their allegiance to the Democratic Party and expect one another to support President Obama regardless of whether or not we agree with his politics and performance thus far—which is ridiculous.

GOP Rep. Allen West: “Follow Underground Railroad Away From Democratic Plantation”

August 18th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Rep. Allen WestBy Alexis Garrett Stodghill

Florida congressman Rep. Allen West, the only Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, had some choice words for Democrats after a CBC town hall held in Detroit on Tuesday. On Wednesday, West went on Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor” and compared blacks in the Democratic party to slaves on a plantation. He went on to liken the black Democratic leadership to a bunch of overseers, and himself to a modern day Harriet Tubman seeking to lead African-Americans to political freedom. Citing the idea that Democrats take black voters for granted, West slammed the party with the underlying suggestion that Republicans have the answer. reports:

“You have this 21st-century plantation that has been out there. Where the Democrat Party has forever taken the black vote for granted and you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about,” West said.

“So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”

West said Democrats’ “social welfare policies” have failed.

These statements were made after much griping by those who attended the CBC town hall, where voters gathered to complain about the poor service President Obama has rendered to the black community. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters responded by suggesting that the CBC agrees, and is only waiting for explicit permission from African-Americans to take the president to task over his failure to address our issues.

Waters told attendants of the Detroit town hall: “We’re getting tired, y’all…We want to give him every opportunity. But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. … When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.” She referred to the fact that black unemployment stands at over 17% compared to the national average of about 9% — statistics often mentioned as proof that Obama has failed to help blacks.

While Rep. Waters does have a point about holding President Obama accountable for his actions (or lack thereof) regarding the black community, the CBC has never been the president’s friend. In fact, the Congressional Black Caucus famously supported Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign before Obama secured the nomination. Theirs has been a love-hate relationship ever since, and they have never acted as true allies. The CBC has unleashed a string of criticisms on the president since that time.

Thus, it’s hard to take one more CBC bad-mouthing of Obama seriously. It reeks of political posturing. While that’s the name of the game in DC, until all the political interests in Washington work together to create positive change for blacks (including the CBC), it amounts to empty posturing.