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Hillary Clinton’s New Ad Asks Is Donald Trump The President We Want For Our Daughters?

September 23rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ve been pretty vocal about my skepticism of Hillary Clinton. Still, I’m with her. There’s too much at stake with this election and I fear that a vote for Jill Stein or even those still holding out hope for Bernie Sanders, would be a vote for her opponent, Donald Trump. And that just can not happen. Trump, whether he’s adopted a persona during this election cycle or not, is the absolute worst. And honestly, a threat to this country’s national security. He’s made hateful, disparaging comments against every one from Muslims, to Latinos, to Black folks and perhaps most frequently, women.

It was the latter group that Hillary Clinton advocates for in her most recent campaign ad.

In it, she shows girls of various, ages, sizes and ethnicities looking in the mirror while Donald Trump’s words play in the background.

Words like,

“I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers…”

“She’s a slob.”

“A person who’s flat chested is very hard to be a ten.”

At the end, the ad asks is this the president we want for our daughters.

Pretty powerful, poignant and, as this whole Presidential race has become, terrifying.

 

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

Kerry Washington Talks Presidential Election: “Not Voting Is Voting Against Ourselves”

September 18th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Kerry Washington hasn’t been one to shy away from using her celebrity to spread positive messages. After penning an open letter about the traumatizing violence regarding the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, the actress is now speaking on the upcoming presidential election.

Recently appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher, Washington kept it real about her doubts of a Donald Trump presidency. When Maher asked, “Does it focus the mind, you think, with what’s going on with the nation when you know a little child of yours will be dealing with the repercussions of whoever becomes president?”

Quite vocal about her support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Washington responded, “I’ve always been a very political person, and mostly, not because I’m in the public eye but because I’m an American and I think we have a right and a responsibility to participate in our democracy. So, having a child might open up my mind to the issues like this ridiculous maternity leave that Trump talked about recently.”

Washington also expressed her thoughts on Trump’s newly-announced Child Care and Maternity Leave policy, saying it was “insulting to families and workers because there’s no paternity leave, there’s no family leave.”

“I think we if we really look at policy, voting for Trump is voting against our best interest as Americans; as workers, as people of color, as women. Not voting is voting against ourselves,” Washington concluded.

Are Concerns Over Hillary Clinton’s Health Sexist?

September 12th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In case you missed it (even though it’s been just about everywhere), Hillary Clinton had to leave a 9/11 event at the Memorial Museum in New York City on Sunday after falling ill. Photogs snapped her exiting the memorial ceremony swiftly, and even caught her requiring assistance to get into her vehicle, as she began to stumble when she got closer to it. According to reports, she found out she had pneumonia on Friday and tried to battle through it. After Sunday’s struggles, she decided to cancel events planned for Monday and Tuesday while she gets better.

It happens to the best of us. And yet, her illness has revived a conversation that’s been brewing for a little while now: Are her health concerns something that voters should worry about? With Donald Trump claiming she lacks the “physical stamina” to lead, it’s a question some have been entertaining. As ABC News pointed out, over the last few years, Clinton has had some health issues here and there. A concussion in 2012, a blood clot in 2013, a coughing fit during this campaign.

My goodness! That sounds like a woman who should be on bed rest (with a hot water bottle) instead of running for president!

Psych.

Ok, folks. Let’s just call these “worries” about her health what they really are – bull. As Mary Elizabeth Williams pointed out in a great piece for Salon today, Clinton found herself sick while working, and as women do all of the time, decided to keep working until she couldn’t work anymore.

“I don’t know any woman who hasn’t shown up for work through injuries and illnesses,” Williams said, “or any mother who doesn’t use her sick days for her children’s illnesses instead of her own.”

She continued, “We fear being viewed as weak, so we hustle through the job, hiding or downplaying our diagnoses and hoping nobody notices.”

Sure, Clinton did what a lot of women do every day: Handle our responsibilities even when our bodies don’t agree with us. We sit at desks and keep our cool in meetings when our cramps are giving us hell on the first day of our periods (or worse, as we deal with endometriosis). We come to work with colds until someone tells us to go home because they’re afraid we will get someone else sick. Some of us do what’s expected of us until we nearly faint on the subway home, Michael Jordan, game fiving our way to 5 p.m. and falling out after the game-winning shot — a.k.a., after turning in our last assignment.

So yes, again, Clinton did what women do every day. But it’s not just a woman thing. We all power through to do the things that are important to us. My fiancé recently went to work and tried to get through the day with the chills. He shook at his desk and had to be helped as he nearly fainted on his way home.

My mom? Well, I’ve seen her walk through a glass door, cutting up her body, just to return from the hospital ready to get up and moving to complete the things she needed to get done despite a lack of feeling in her toe.

Hell, when I was in the fourth grade and battling the stomach flu, I got out of bed the morning after vomiting all day and drinking Maalox all night to win my school’s spelling bee — and then went home after the bee to fully recover. It was something I had been prepping for weeks to compete in.

My dad, while doing house repairs, finished working on our home, only to find out he had broken a bone in his arm after the fact. And countless other men and women have had to pull it together to get the job done, including you.

So why is Clinton’s sickness being treated as more than just a “sh-t happens,” normal case of pneumonia moment? Maybe because of the persistence of the “dishonest Hillary” narrative. But probably because people are desperate to paint her as a feeble woman unqualified to run the country. A woman lacking the tenacity to make things happen and to be around for the long haul. Why, she’s a fragile lady versus a boisterous man. But I get it. When you back the other candidate, who has no real plan, no experience and no sense (just a loving relationship with Vladimir Putin to tout and a hateful view of Mexican immigrants and Muslims), you have to run with something to slow her down. Even if you’re running with a story of a woman pushing through an illness to hit the campaign trail — which says nothing to me but that Clinton is driven. And in this particular case, as someone who waited until she was past a simple cough and lack of energy to actually slow down and rest, just like the rest of us.

Soledad O’Brien Calls Out Cable News For Normalizing “White Supremacy”

September 6th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Now that Soledad O’Brien is no longer employed by the good people over at CNN, she can say and do what she pleases. And these days, doing what she wants means calling out CNN for normalizing White supremacy in their coverage of Donald Trump and his candidacy for president. In a recent interview with CNN, O’Brien was not shy about sharing her thoughts.

She said the media is going through contortions trying to make it seem like the coverage between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is fair.

“If you look at Hillary Clinton’s speech where she basically pointed out that what Donald Trump has done—actually quite well—has normalized White supremacy. I think she made a very good argument, almost like a lawyer. Here are ways in which he has actually worked to normalize conversations that many people find hateful.”

O’Brien continued, “I’ve seen on-air, White supremacists being interviewed because they are Trump delegates. And they do a five-minute segment, the first minute or so talking about what they believe as white supremacists. So you have normalized that.

O’Brein said we should be asking ourselves is Donald Trump “softening the ground for people—who are white supremacists, who are White nationalists, who would self-identify that way— to feel comfortable with their views being brought into the national discourse to the point where they can do a five minute interview happily on national television?”

The question wasn’t rhetorical, she said the answer is yes.

She said that cable news networks are profiting from all of this hate-speech. In their coverage of Trump’s candidacy and in their provision of a platform for those who support him, they’re being rewarded for bad behavior because this hate speech appeals to an interested and angry audience.

O’Brien said, sarcastically. “We should do this more often. What shall we do when this election is over? We’re going to have to think about ways to really rile people up, make them angry and divide them. Because that is something that cable news, frankly, and everybody can cover really well. So I find it frustrating. I believe he was over-covered at the beginning. Now, it is ‘he said-she said’ all the time. We have lost context. We actually don’t even cover the details of something. We just cover the back and forth of it. It’s funny to watch if it weren’t our own country and our own government actually operating.

What do you think about Soledad’s comments and critique? Have you noticed this in the recent presidential election coverage?

According To Donald Trump, African Americans Should Vote For Him Because They’ve Got Nothing To Lose

August 20th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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To say 2016 has been a bizarre year would be to say the least—mostly due to the fact that Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee.

Trump, known for turning each and every one of his rally stops across the country into a breeding ground for hate speech, continued spewing negative banter. During this occasion of a rally in Dimondale, Mich., the GOP nominee explained why African American voters should vote for him come November.

“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?” he asked. “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?”

Of course, his words rubbed many folks the wrong way, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who he previously stated “panders to and talks to communities of color and sees them only as votes,” unlike his mission of  producing “the inner cities and I will produce for the African Americans.”

Clinton wasted no time to hop on social media and oppose Trump’s offensive words, tweeting, “This is so ignorant it’s staggering.”

Angela Rye Tells Another Political Commentator “Boy Bye” For Questioning Pres. Obama’s Harvard Admission

August 3rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier this week President Obama came out with some very strong criticisms against Donald Trump. In case you missed it, he said, among other things, that he was unfit to become president. In fact he said Trump keeps proving his inadequacy.

He explained his stance even further.

“The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge of critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.”

Many are calling these remarks the strongest President Obama had made against the Republican presidential candidate.

So naturally, all of the talking heads had a few things to say about this. Political commentator and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in speaking with Don Lemon and other panelists, argued that the president shouldn’t have spoken out about Trump, that he should save those types of comments for the campaign trail.

Angela disagreed.

“Let me be very clear. Donald Trump has been attacking the president long before he began campaigning for this important office. He is the one who was the spokesperson for the birther movement and was calling for transcripts and saying that the president was an Affirmative Action admittee of Harvard…”

Lewandowski interrupts Rye to ask, “Did he ever release his transcripts?”

Rye was ready with a response. “Tell me about those tax returns Corey while you’re at it.”

“You raised the issue. Did he ever release his transcripts or his admission to Harvard University.”

“Corey, in this moment I’m going to Beyoncé you: Boy bye. You are so out of line right now.”

The woman is sharp and she ain’t sorry.

Check out the full exchange in the video below.

The Most Questionable Quotes From Donald Trump’s RNC Speech

July 22nd, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Last night, nearly a week’s worth of Republican National Convention speeches by the likes of Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich, Indiana governor Mike Pence and most notably, Melania Trump, who flat-out plagiarized parts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech, culminated in Donald Trump’s acceptance of the Republican party’s presidential nomination. Introduced by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, who described her father as a fighter who is “colorblind” and also “gender neutral,” Trump spoke about his so-called love for this country and his desire to “Make America Great Again,” as his campaign slogan boasts. But not only was Trump’s speech completely void of any policy plans, it was riddled with inaccuracies, empty statements, bold threats and flat-out lies. Though we can break down and refute his speech paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence, here are just some of the most questionable moments from Donald Trump’s nearly hour-long RNC speech.

Is The Green Party’s Jill Stein Really A Viable Presidential Option?

July 20th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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You know, very little has been said or written about the other candidate running for president.

Her name is Jill Stein and she is leading the ticket for the Green Party’s bid for the White House.

According to her campaign’s website, Stein is a “mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.”

She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic threats. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.

Her platform includes such agenda items as addressing climate change (including creating a green New Deal that will allegedly “turn the tide on climate change, revive the economy & make wars for oil obsolete”); creating a minimum and livable wage of $15 an hour; ending poverty through a guarantee that everyone has the right to food, water, shelter and utilities; establishing health care as a right, which includes free for all single-payer health care; establishing education as a right with free schooling from pre-K to university; expanding, protecting and defending indigenous, LGBTQ and women’s rights; and creating a fair tax, which focuses on increasing revenue for social programs and decreasing money for the military.

She is also the only candidate remaining in the race with a clear objective on addressing mass incarceration and police brutality. Among her criminal justice reform platforms are goals that include ending the war on drugs, releasing non-violent offenders from jail, establishing independent police review boards, and demilitarizing local police departments.

And did I mention that she is the only candidate to have marched in a Black Lives Matter protest?

In short, she is basically everything progressive that Hillary Clinton is not and everything decent about humanity that Donald Trump will never be.

She even has the endorsement of civil rights activist and Princeton professor Cornel West, who in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! said the following about why he supports her:

Well, one, in the language of Coltrane, she’s a major force for good, accenting the role of poor and working people being center stage. She’s green in terms of trying to save the planet in the face of corporate greed. She’s fundamentally concerned with issues of racial justice, legacies of white supremacy as well as male supremacy. She’s concerned about empowering working people. She opposes TPP, trying to make sure we don’t have the corporate reshaping of the world economy—the kind of policies, of course, Democratic Party has supported, President Obama has supported. It’s hard to find somebody at the national level who provides a certain kind of hope, given the unbelievable spiritual decline and moral decay. And by spiritual decline and moral decay, I mean greed and indifference and contempt in the driver seat among our elites vis-à-vis all working people and poor people. It’s just sad to see so many fellow working people and fellow citizens supporting a pseudo-populist and neofascist like Donald Trump. They’re in pain. The pain is very real, but they’re moving in a right-wing direction.

She seems legit, right?

Yet her candidacy has its naysayers. Like sex advice columnist and occasional media pundit Dan Savage. On one of his recent podcasts, he had this to say (as reported by The Stranger):

I have a problem with the Greens, I have a problem with the Libertarians. I have a problem with these fake, attention seeking, grandstanding Green/Libertarian party candidates who pop up every four years, like mushrooms in sh-t, saying that they’re building a third party. And those of us who don’t have a home in the Republican Party, don’t have a home in the Democratic Party, can’t get behind every Democratic position or Republican position, should gravitate toward these third parties. And help build a third party movement by every four f–king years voting for one of these a–holes like Jill f–king Stein, who I’m sure is a lovely person, she’s only an a–hole in this aspect.

If you’re interested in building a third party, a viable third party, you don’t start with president. You don’t start by running someone for f–king president.

Where are the Green Party candidates for city councils? For county councils? For state legislatures? For state assessor? For state insurance commissioner? For governor? For f–king dogcatcher? I would be SO willing to vote for Green Party candidates who are starting at the bottom, grassroots, bottom up, building a third party, a viable third party.

Solid point, if not for the fact that the Green Party has been known to run candidates in many local municipal and statewide elections. And according to the Party’s website, at least 100 Green Party candidates found their way onto the ballots during the November 2015 general election. And out of the 100, 18 of them actually won their office. The website also notes that since the beginning of 2015, at least 28 Green Party candidates have been elected as members of school boards, city councils, fire districts and planning commissions nationwide.

Not bad for a bunch of attention seekers.

But in spite of its small incremental successes, the Green Party continues to suffer from a credibility problem. Many progressive voters still blame the party, in particular, its then-presidential candidate Ralph Nader, for why the Democrats, particularly former Vice President Al Gore, lost the 2000 election. And while there have been many articles and studies that have disputed this popular belief, that hasn’t silenced many folks like Savage who see a vote for the Green Party as a wedge vote for the Republicans.

Ironically, it won’t be until the Green Party gets a win on the national level that the masses will begin to take it seriously as a viable alternative to the two-party system. And unfortunately, the only way it can do that is if the Party, which was founded on the principals of social justice, grassroots democracy and responsible capitalism, will compromise on a lot of its values, including accepting corporate donations and using super PACs.

It will also have to get sexy.

As messed up as it is to say, if the Green Party ever stands a chance of winning, or even having a real impact on the national level (and being seen as anything other than a fringe left group), it will have to run a candidate who is more celebrity than substance. It will have to run a candidate who can compete with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump, who both proved to be masters at dominating our 24-hour news cycles and our conscious minds.

In politics, image matters. So far, Stein is pretty underexposed. While her platform hits all of the right marks, she suffers from the lack of name recognition – and overall personality – that has become pretty standard in our current political climate. And while I wouldn’t go as far as to suggest that a vote for Stein is a wasted vote, as Savage asserted, I will say that I just don’t see her campaign – or her – being a major factor in this upcoming presidential election.

Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and queen of unpopular opinions from Philadelphia. To learn more, visit NineteenSeventy-Seven.com.

“I Do This For A Living” Tamron Hall Checks Scott Baio Over Support Of Donald Trump

July 20th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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It is absolutely astounding the number of people who are willing to stand out and claim their allegiance for Republican nominee Donald Trump. One of those people is actor Scott Baio, best known for his role as Chichi Arcola in the popular series “Happy Days” and then the sitcom “Charles in Charge.”

I never thought much about Scott Baio but I am surprised and saddened to learn that he’s such an unprincipled man. Thankfully, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall called him out and questioned him on a few things, throwing his hypocrisy back into his face, during the Republican National Convention.

First, she asked him about an image he tweeted. It featured Hillary Clinton standing in front of the word “Count.” Whether the image was real or doctored, Clinton was positioned directly in front of the “O” sending a very clear message. Baio captioned the image: “This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump.”  

Baio has come out trying to assert himself and Trump as men with morals, wanting to make America great again and restore the country’s moral barometer.

Hall asked him, “Did you think about that in church when you tweeted it out?”

Baio: “That’s just offered up without commentary.”

Hall: “Yeah but you know what it meant when you tweeted it out.”

Baio: “I just put it up there.”

Hall: I guess I’m asking—you’re writing your speech in church —you talk about religion coming back to this country and us having a moral barometer. Where was your moral compass when you put a photo of a woman— who you disagree with politically, and that’s fine…

Baio: Tamron you can look at that any way you want…There’s no commentary attached to it. I didn’t call her anything. And the fact that you question my faith because I put up a picture is not nice.

Hall: Well, you question other people’s faith. When you say we need to bring back religion, implying that somehow the moral compass of people you don’t know is fake.

Then Hall presented Baio with an unflattering picture he tweeted of Michelle Obama, where he captioned it, “Wow, he wakes up to this every morning.”

Tamron challenged him on this as well. “Does joking about a woman that way make America great again?”

Baio said he jokes about women yelling at their husbands. It’s his sense of humor as a boy from Brooklyn.

Hall: “I agree with you we should all want to be better people, to teach our children to be better people. But I see how this may or may not affect our divisiveness—there are White people here, Black people here—when we tweet things out that are so ugly and then we say, ‘Oh it was a joke.’”

Baio: “That had nothing to do with race.”

Hall: “I didn’t say that.”

Baio: “Yeah you did, you said Black people and White people were being divisive.”

Hall: “I said we’re all here together. Let me tell you something, I do this for a living. You can’t chop my words up.”

Baio had to back down at that point.

You can watch the entire exchange in the video below.

Do You Know Self-Respecting Black People Who Support Donald Trump?

July 20th, 2016 - By Patia Braithwaite
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A recent article in the Washington Post stated that Donald Trump has less than one percent of the Black vote in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. It goes on to assert that only six percent of Black people support Trump nationally. Whether you’re into Hillary Clinton or not, the lack of Black support for Trump probably makes you sigh with relief. You might think to yourself, of course! No self-respecting black person I know would vote for Trump. Except maybe Uncle Freddy, but Freddy is crazy. Then, if you’re like me, you’d go outside, sit on the stoop with your wine glass and strike up a conversation with your neighbor.

And you’d discover that you’ve found an anomaly: They support Donald Trump .

So there we were, sitting on our stoop, my neighbor and I. There were kids across the street playing basketball, and the local bootlegger had just come by with some movies. All was well. The sun was setting and our conversation flowed easily from movies, to music, to current events, and finally politics.

Why don’t I sit out here more often? I thought to myself, as my neighbor was bringing up the 2016 election.

“That’s why I mess with Trump,” he said. 

At first, it didn’t register. My neighbor is pretty chill, but sometimes he flirts with me, so conversations always require me to filter out half of what he says. I was about to file his comment in the same place I put his unwanted compliments when he added, “Well, I really support Bernie, but if not Bernie than Trump.”

“Wait,” I turned to him, “Trump over Hillary?”

“Yeah,” he replied. “Of course.”

It took me a second, but I finally fixed my side-eye to ask him why. Under what circumstance could he possibly “mess with Trump”? I expected him to rail against the amorality of the Clinton administration or the rise of political dynasties. I expected him to extol the virtues of Bernie Sanders (a.k.a., the unsullied), the brokenness of our electoral system, or point to Clinton legislation that fostered the mass incarceration of Black people. Did he do that? No. No, he did not.

“Trump is going to bring our jobs back,” he stated.

There was a look of determination and triumph in his eyes. When I tried to explain why it was economically impossible for any president to overturn the tide of globalization, he silenced me.

“You clearly never needed a low-paying job before.”

I didn’t tell him I could use one right now.

This conversation with my neighbor isn’t an isolated instance. In the wake of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s deaths, a good friend of mine was trying to make sense of the wreckage.

“I just feel like Trump can turn all this around.”

“Huh?” I wrote back. “You think Trump will crack down on police brutality?”

“Yeah,” he said. “Trumpknows what’s up.”

Now, despite Trump’s insistence that “the system is rigged against him too,” and that we Black folks aren’t wrong for thinking that, most of us can admit that easing systemic racism isn’t The Donald’s primary political agenda. And based on his past comments, it doesn’t even register as a concern.

I chalked my friend’s ramblings up to those of a person who has just endured the trauma of seeing two police shootings in less than 24 hours, but I was shocked. I don’t live in the South. I don’t roll with conservative Christians, and I consider most of my friends to be well-informed citizens, yet there are Black Trump supporters in my own backyard.

“How will having Donald Trump really impact your daily life,” my neighbor asked me the night we hung out on the stoop. “What are you so afraid of?”

I rattled off xenophobia, economic turmoil, and the danger of Trump’s potential Supreme Court appointments, but his question struck a nerve. The truth is that state and local elections have far greater impact than federal ones, and I’m not actually registered to vote in the district where I sleep. After I went upstairs, his question stayed with me.

What are you so afraid of?

There are tons of reasons why Trump  is unfit to be president. Beyond the legislative and economic implications of a Trump administration (which are scary enough), what scares me most is the possibility that if he’s elected, it could embolden racists to act out their hateful ideations. Just as #Brexit was met with a surge of idiots bigots harassing people in the streets, a Trump election could turn anti-immigration rhetoric into full-blown hate crimes. To be a Black person in this country is to understand the effects of bigotry, hatred, and fear on a visceral level. To support Trump would be an act of radical amnesia — increasingly hard to do given the current state of affairs.

What scares you most about a Trump administration? Any Black Trump supporters want to defend the man?