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Here’s Where The Top Presidential Candidates Stand On The Issues That Matter

February 9th, 2016 - By Charing Ball
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There has certainly been a lot of mudslinging during this year’s primary season. And while that’s entertaining to some, do you know exactly where the candidates stand on the important issues?

Well, I am here to tell ya.

In particular, I am here to tell you what the top two Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as their fellow Democratic candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, stand on four important issues:

Education

As part of his Five for Freedom plan, Ted Cruz wants to abolish the Department of Education (along with the IRS, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development). He also wants to end Common Core. Why? Well, according to his campaign website: “We need to restore parent and student choice and remove federal barriers to children’s success.” [source: TedCruz.org]

Donald Trump doesn’t have an official position on his website (in fact, he only has five positions in total). However, during his campaign announcement speech, the real estate tycoon said, “As president I’d] end Common Core. Common Core is a disaster. [Jeb] Bush is totally in favor of Common Core. I don’t see how he can possibly get the nomination. He’s weak on immigration. He’s in favor of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can’t do it. We have to end–education has to be local.” [Source: Wall Street Journal, 2015]

He was also previously quoted saying that he wants to cut the Department of Education “way, way, way down.” [Source: Politico]

Bernie Sanders doesn’t have much to say about what should happen to the DOE (if anything should happen), however, he does have a comprehensive plan for higher education. More specifically, Sanders wants to make college free at public colleges and universities. He also wants to lower student loan interest rates and allow Americans with college debt to refinance their loans at lower rates. How does he propose to pay for all of this? As written on his campaign’s website: “The cost of this $75 billion a year plan is fully paid for by imposing a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy seven years ago.” [source: BernieSanders.com]

Like Sanders, Hillary Clinton also has a plan for higher education. But unlike her Democratic challenger, she does not outright plan to make college free. Instead, she wants to make it “more affordable.” More specifically, she wants to “ensure no student has to borrow to pay for tuition, books, or fees to attend a four-year public college in their state; enable Americans with existing student loan debt to refinance at current rates; and hold colleges and universities accountable for controlling costs and making tuition affordable.” In terms of K-12, Clinton wants to make high-quality education available to every child in America. [Source: HillaryClinton.com]

Civil Rights and Social Justice

Cruz wants to defend religious liberties, solid, period. And as written on his campaign’s website: “The Pilgrims risked everything so that they could worship the Lord with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength. The founders enshrined this right to live according to our faith in the First Amendment, and we must continue to celebrate and safeguard citizens’ God-given rights.” [Source: TedCruz.org]

Again, Trump has no official position. But according to On the Issues, he is okay with gay marriage and affirmative action – for now. [Source: OnTheIssues.org]

Sanders has quite a few (extensive) positions on the issue of civil rights. So in the interest of brevity, I’ll just list some of his views on racial justice (for his position on LGBT rights specifically, you can go here). Sanders wants to demilitarize our police forces; invest in community policing; invest in police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities; federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers; require police departments and states to collect data on all police shootings and deaths; establish a new model police training program; return voting rights to felony offenders; reinforce the Voters Rights Act; make Election Day a federal holiday; eliminate mandatory prison minimums; investigate local governments that are using implicit or explicit quotas for arrests or stops; prevent employers from discriminating against applicants based on criminal history by “banning the box”; stop the unequal exposure of people of color to harmful chemicals, pesticides and other toxins; and mitigate climate change and focus on building resilience in low-income and minority communities. Phew…[Source: BernieSanders.com]

While Clinton does not have a specific position on racial justice, she does take a position on criminal justice reform. And as president she said she will “Work to strengthen bonds of trust between communities and police; Make new investments to support state-of-the-art law enforcement training programs; strengthening the U.S. Department of Justice’s pattern or practice unit; support legislation to end racial profiling; providing federal matching funds to make body cameras available to every police officer; collect and report national data on policing; create national guidelines for use of force; reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses; reform the ‘strike’ system to focus on violent crime; eliminate the sentencing disparity for crack and powder cocaine; apply Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactively; end the privatization of prisons; Take executive action to “ban the box”; and support legislation to restore voting rights.” [Source: HillaryClinton.com]

 

Reproductive Rights & Family and Children

Cruz hates abortions and if elected president, he will instruct the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood. He also believes “Marriage is a sacrament between one man and one woman, it has strengthened societies for millennia, and we must uphold the truth of marriage.” He also wants to do away with “leftist judges.” [source: TedCruz.org]

No surprises here, but Trump has no official position. However, before he was against abortion and Planned Parenthood, Trump was very much in favor of both. [Source: OnTheIssues.org]

Sanders wants to expand funding for Planned Parenthood. He also vows to “only nominate Supreme Court justices who understand that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and recognize the rights of women to have access to family planning services.” Likewise, Sanders also wants to make high-quality childcare and Pre-K available to every American; expand the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program; and require employers to provide at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. [Source: BernieSanders.com]

Clinton is the only candidate to take a position on college campus assaults. More specifically she wants to “ensure fair process for all in campus disciplinary proceedings and the criminal justice system” and “increase sexual violence prevention education programs.” And while she is not as assertive in her language as her challenger, she also pledges to “fight for paid family leave; increase the minimum wage; stand up to Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood; address violence against women; and promote women’s rights around the globe.” In terms of family, Clinton also pledges to “guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave; and ensure at least a two-thirds wage replacement rate for workers.” [Source: HillaryClinton.com]

Health Care

Cruz doesn’t have an official position (at least on his website). However, the senator has been very vocal about repealing Obamacare [Source: OnTheIssues.org]

Again, Trump does not have an official position on his website, but according to On The Issues, he feels that Obamacare needs to be both repealed and replaced. With what? Well, according to an interview he gave to ABC News late last year, he is a fan of Ben Carson’s idea to enact health savings accounts as an alternative. He also believes that we don’t have to cut Medicare and Social Security, but rather, we need to focus on how to grow the economy. [Source: OnTheIssues.org]

Sanders wants to create a federally administered single-payer health care program, and he wants to pay for it through a combination of taxes, including a “Responsible Estate Tax” levied on the wealthiest top earners in the country. In addition to free healthcare, Sanders also wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs and strengthen and expand Social Security. [Source: BernieSanders.com]

Yet again, Clinton’s position on healthcare is a bit more measured than her challenger. In terms of social security, she said she will expand and defend Social Security “against Republican attacks” while asking the wealthiest Americans to contribute more. She also pledges to “Fight Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would raise costs and limit coverage for seniors; fight back against Republican plans to privatize or ‘phase out’ Medicare as we know it; Drive down drug costs for seniors and other Americans; and expand Social Security benefits for widows and those who took time out of the paid workforce to care for a child or sick family member.” [Source: HillaryClinton.com]

Now that you are better informed, don’t forget to vote.

15 Stars Who Got A Pass For Being Unfaithful

January 28th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Stars like Tiger Woods have to be wondering: why do some cheating celebrities get a pass for being unfaithful while others go right under the bus? Well we don’t exactly have the answer to that but we do know there are plenty of entertainers whose philandering ways some didn’t even bat an eye at. Did you forgive these unfaithful celebs like most of us did?

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How come we never hear this coming up in the presidential debates? Donald Trump not only cheated on his wife, but married the mistress!

Could You Make It Work With Someone 20 Years Older? These Stars Did

January 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Remember when dating someone several decades younger was a Hollywood scandal? This past year we saw lots of celebrity couples with major age differences walk down the red carpet. Is age really nothing but a number in Hollywood? These romances seem to say so.

Muslim Woman Ejected From Trump Rally For Silently Protesting

January 10th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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On Friday (Jan. 8), Donald Trump held a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Amongst the hundreds that turned out, Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, was escorted out of the event after she stood up to silently protest during Trump’s speech, according to CNN.

The 56-year-old flight attendant, who was sitting in the stands directly behind Trump, stood during the Republican front-runner’s speech when he began saying that the Syrian refugees fleeing war in Syria were affiliated with ISIS.

Hamid was also joined by a group of silent protesters who also stood during Trump’s speech, wearing t-shirts that read, “Salam, I come in peace.” However, despite Hamid’s silence, she was asked to leave the event. During her exit,  Trump devotees booed and chanted Trump’s name —  as instructed by Trump campaign staff before the event in case of protest, CNN also reported.

After being ejected and also asked whether she had a bomb, CNN caught up with Hamid to get her reaction and her reasoning as to why she participated in the protest. “I have sincere belief that people get to know each other one-on-one that they’ll stop being afraid of each other and we’ll be able to get ride of all this hate in the world, literally. Do that was really my goal, was to let people see that Muslims are not that scary,” she said.

Hamid also recalled one person shouting, “You have a bomb, you have a bomb.” “The ugliness really came out fast and that’s really scary.”

Following the incident, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a leading Muslim civil liberties group, called on Trump to apologize for what happened:

“The image of a Muslim woman being abused and ejected from a political rally sends a chilling message to American Muslims and to all those who value our nation’s traditions of religious diversity and civic participation,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. “Donald Trump should issue a public apology to the Muslim woman kicked out of his rally and make a clear statement that American Muslims are welcome as fellow citizens and as participants in the nation’s political process.”

Hamid also told CNN before the event that she did not come to “shout or disrupt,” but to simply “give Trump supporters a glimpse of what Muslims are like.”

“I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim so I figured that I’d give them the opportunity to meet one,” she said. “I really don’t plan to say anything. I don’t want to be disrespectful but if he says something that I feel needs answering I might — we’ll just see what strikes me.”

And of course, Trump, who recently called for a “complete shutdown” of all Muslims’ travel into the country, has yet to offer an apology or speak about the incident.

Celebrities Who Are Voting For Donald Trump

January 5th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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With all the bad press he’s been getting lately, you might think to yourself, “Who is really planning to vote for Donald Trump?” Well, these celebrities have endorsed The Donald, and you might be surprised at who and why.

How Could You? I’m A Woman: On Playing “The Woman’s Card”

January 4th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Remember the line Catwoman uttered in Batman Returns after being struck by Gotham’s savior during a fight?  “How could you? I’m a woman.”  Seconds after he apologizes, she fights back by kicking him in the chest.  It’s an old reference, but Catwoman brilliantly played into the sexist belief that women are defenseless, incapable of holding their own, and not as strong as men.  And those now classic lines are what I envision Trump hears any time Hillary Clinton (or probably any woman, for that matter) speaks, particularly when she’s defending herself against his endless, sexist-prone tirades.  Acknowledging this, of course, drives The Donald crazy because how could he of all people, he who wants to make America great again, he who supposedly cherishes women, even the menstruators, bathroom-goers and breastfeeders among us, be guilty of such f**kery?

Well, contradicting himself and proving to be the tiny-hearted scoundrel he is for the umpteenth time, Trump claimed Clinton played the woman’s card after he stated she was “schlonged” by President Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.  Even the non-Yiddish speakers among us know the word “schlong” is vulgar slang for penis, and yet Trump insisted his version of the word meant “beaten badly.”

Sure…by a penis.

Clinton and her campaign responded, noting Trump’s penchant for sexist, divisive rhetoric, which only further fueled the pompous, delusional hatemonger’s psychobabble.  I loathe that I’m giving that sorry excuse for a man any more attention than he’s already getting, but it’s hard not to when so much is at stake (and when it’s clear that Trump, who attacks women and minorities on a regular basis, has so many like-minded supporters).

None of this, however, suggests that Clinton is clean as a whistle.  Of course, she is viewed as an enabler by some because of her obvious association with her husband and former President Bill Clinton who was impeached thanks to his relations with Monica Lewinsky.  Some will ask, how can she “cry” sexism given that history? But Bill Clinton, whose past – recent and distant – is well known, isn’t running for office, and Hillary’s identity and politics are separate from that of her husband.  Hillary was recently accused of referring to Senator Bernie Sanders as sexist, and in turn, she was also charged with manipulating women.  This, after Sanders told Clinton during the first Democratic debate that all the shouting in the world won’t keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people, a line he often uses when discussing gun control.  Clinton, in recent weeks and months, has attempted to not only connect with women, but also Latino, and Black voters. She has been met with much scrutiny and disapproval, especially for a campaign logo that utilized the Kwanzaa kinara and “Hispandering” with her website’s “7 Things Hillary Clinton Has In Common With Your Abuela” post.  These attempts won’t succeed without directly and specifically addressing (and understanding) the needs and concerns of people of color in this country.  Therefore, her attempts have come off as inauthentic.

But I digress.  Back to the issue at hand, which is that women are constantly accused of playing the woman’s card; of playing the victim.  It’s a lazy, offense-excusable tool often utilized by those who in one breath will call a woman a “ho” simply for being a woman, and in the next, claim they’re not misogynist or sexist.  It’s also an excuse to turn a blind eye to the many issues that women face, like earning less money than our male counterparts.  We’ve seen the woman’s card flag raised in the abortion debate with those who would deny a woman’s right to choose.  We’ve seen it in the workplace, particularly with employer discrimination against pregnant employees.  We’ve seen it when it comes to sexual harassment, assault, and rape, where women are more quickly blamed as opposed to their attackers for somehow encouraging or playing a role in their harassment.  We shouldn’t have to defend ourselves as women time and again against patriarchal norms.

Hillary Clinton made the decision this time around to speak about her experiences as a woman, to address women’s issues that clearly need to be discussed.  Why is this given so much attention, and exactly how is this a bad thing, particularly considering Trump’s quickness to attack her for being a woman in the first place?   Whether she will win the Democratic party’s nomination remains to be seen but, as I have written before, let the issues that actually matter, let her politics and policies, like those of her fellow candidates, be the deciding factor in the upcoming presidential election.  No one wins in the debate over the validity or authenticity of her womanhood.

Study: President Obama’s Skin Darkened In GOP Ads To Appeal To Voters With Racial Bias

December 30th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We, at Mizzou, had a class in journalism school called Cross-Cultural Journalism. The whole point of it was to show students the right and wrong ways media cover an array of “ethnic, gender, ability and ideological groups inside and outside the United States.” One thing we learned is that if you want to appeal to the racial biases of people when reporting on a person of color, you make images of them darker, so they appear more menacing, and therefore, guilty. It’s what Time was accused of doing when they admitted that they darkened O.J. Simpson’s face in 1994 for their cover, blaming it on stressed staff working on tight deadlines.

But such methods have also been used to appeal to those who hold fast to stereotypes of people of color during political campaigns. It was done by John McCain’s campaign in 2008 according to a study done by Solomon Messing of the Pew Research Center, Maria Jabon of LinkedIn, and Ethan Plaut, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. The study is called Bias in the Flesh: Skin Complexion and Stereotype Consistency in Political Campaigns.

As pointed out by Max Ehrenfreund of the Washington Post when speaking on the study, in negative attack ads constructed by the McCain campaign, President Obama’s image was darkened, manipulated for a more dramatic effect. Researchers found that “as the election approached, images of Obama in spots aired by McCain’s campaign became gradually darker. Images of McCain campaign’s own candidate, meanwhile, became somewhat lighter.”

The study’s researchers determined that the darker the images of President Obama, the more it still affects the way people view him. They manipulated his skin tone to measure the stereotypes of subjects tested. They showed them images and asked them to play a fill-in-the-blank game where they were given words like “CR___” and “LA__.” While one subject might write “CROWD,” another might write “CRIME.” And the “LA__” might turn into “LAZY.” So what did they find? According to the Washington Post:

 

 

“Those who saw the image of Obama with light skin gave that word or another anti-black stereotype as a response 33 percent of the time. Among those who saw the darkened image, the figure was 45 percent, showing that they were more likely to have those negative stereotypes on their minds after seeing the photograph.”

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So, in the same way the darker photographs might make someone think of a negative stereotype of President Obama, the ads likely had a similar effect. Such attempts to appeal to racial biases are quite common in politics.

As pointed out, once again, by the Washington Post, “To hear their opponents tell it, when Republican politicians say they oppose a generous welfare system, they really mean black beneficiaries are lazy. If they endorse strict immigration enforcement, they really mean that Latinos are criminals, critics say.”

This idea of appealing to one group of voters while tearing down another has been debated when speaking on the current political campaign of a one Donald Trump. From the way he speaks of Latinos, Blacks, and Muslims, and seeing his lead in the polls for Republican candidates, it’s clear that the more abrasive, a.k.a., racist the rhetoric at times, the more it appeals to some (a.k.a., racists…). But of course, they call such speech failing to be “politically correct.”

Check out this ad from the 2008 campaign linking President Obama to Bill Ayers and see if you notice a darker POTUS:

 

 

Tyrese Posts Open Letter To Donald Trump: “This Is Not How You Make America Great Again”

December 27th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Open letters via Instagram has become a trend amongst many celebrities lately. From Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to most recently Countess Vaughn, 2015 was undeniably the year of IG-based open letters.

Next up to bat is Tyrese, who took to his personal account to speak out against Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the post, the R&B crooner addresses Trump’s “antics” that have caused lots of controversy during this election run. The photo he posted exhibits several Muslims kneeling, praying outside of the New York City Trump Tower, which he described as heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

“You’ve offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the “acts” of some,” he wrote. “Islam is PEACE….. THE ACTS OF SOME of ANY GROUP doesn’t justify you spreading hate towards ALL of my people in the Muslim and or Arab community…. I’m deeply hurt and bothered by your antics and hatred towards my Muslim and Arab people.”

Tyrese continued saying, “This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.” The singer/actor also goes on to show his distaste for Trump’s hurtful words filled with discrimination, showing hope that “the real people of America” will show up and stop him on voting day.
Read Tyrese’s full letter below:

This really breaks my heart…… And inspires me at the same time……. The Muslim community decided to come together and pray IN FRONT of the #TRUMPTOWERS in NYC – Open note to Trump…. He has no idea of what’s about to happen……… He has mastered the art of winning #Battles….. But he’s for sure going to lose the #WAR…….. The antics and the gimmicks look good and feel good right? Got you really thinking your doing it right?? ……… But when it’s really time? #WATCH America show you how we #REALLY feel…… And we’re not talking about manipulated pole numbers……. United we stand…. Together we fall…… You’ve offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the “acts” of some…. Islam is PEACE….. THE ACTS OF SOME of ANY GROUP doesn’t justify you spreading hate towards ALL of my people in the Muslim and or Arab community…. I’m deeply hurt and bothered by your antics and hatred towards my Muslim and Arab people…. You’ve offended my Latin community, you’ve offended my african American community – You will see…….. This is NOT how you make America great again…… This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime……. It’s going to take forever for your daughter who I think is brilliantly smart to recover from the land mines……… I feel bad for anyone in this country right now with the last name #Trump – when it’s all said and done and the smoke clears…. You will remember what I said……. This is NOT how you make America great again…… I’m speaking on behalf of the #Human and all religious and spiritual and sexual preferences you must be and will be stopped – #VotesDontLie the real people of America is going to show up and stop you when it counts the most… #votingday

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Can We Please Cut Steve Harvey Some Slack?!

December 21st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Surely by now, you’ve heard of Steve Harvey’s huge, embarrassing gaffe. As the host of the live, televised Miss Universe pageant, Harvey misread his cue card and named Miss Colombia the winner of the pageant. They played the music, handed her the flowers and even placed the crown on her head before they had to remove it.

It was nothing short of cringe worthy. For all parties involved, really.

Miss Colombia had to stand there wearing a grimace as the crown was removed from her head and placed on her competitor’s. And Steve Harvey became the new John Travolta when it comes to live television slip ups.

Except this is a bit worse than an “Adele Dazeem” moment.  Two women who worked exceptionally hard for this competition. And for almost a full two minutes, one of these women thought she had won the title, bringing honor to herself and her country. But the glory was short-lived.

It was an honest mistake.

The cue card made its way to social media.

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I was rooting for Steve, hoping perhaps he was reading the teleprompter instead of the card in his hand. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, it clearly says that Miss USA was the second runner up, Colombia was the first runner up and then, in the far righthand corner, there was the winner, Miss Philippines. Honestly,  it took me years to fully understand the whole 2nd runner up, 1st runner up. For the life of me, I can’t understand why people just don’t say third place, second place and first place. But that’s neither here nor there at this point.

Steve issued several apologies. One on the night of the broadcast and a few more on his Twitter account.

But what was even worse than the mistake was the response from social media.

Listen, I understand that with his relationship advice, homophobic ideologies and intolerance, Steve Harvey is a polarizing figure. Still, the way he is being dragged right now, you’d swear he’d committed a capital offense.

People, Black folk, are not only acknowledging the fact that Harvey messed up; which he would have most certainly had coming, but they’ve taken it a step further calling him a coon, illiterate and a slew of other things you might expect to come from the mouth of a neo-Nazi.

I don’t understand people sometimes. This was a nationally and I’m sure internationally televised pageant. And the mistake was broadcast for the world to see. Everyone knows it’s bad. But what the world doesn’t need to see is Black people calling one of their own a coon, a fool, an illiterate. Y’all do know Harvey basically reads teleprompter and cue cards for a living right? If the success of his daytime talk show, morning radio show and “Family Feud” are any indication of his gifts, I’d say he’s pretty good at it. His success as an announcer is likely the reason he was asked to host Miss Universe in the first place.

I’m not one of those people who believe in riding for Black people regardless of whatever wrong they may have done. But Steve Harvey didn’t do anything wrong in this situation. He made a mistake. A huge one, but an honest, human mistake. And it’s sad that instead of seeing it as such, people are ready to forget all his accomplishments and burn him, one of our own, at the stake, while all the world watches.

People are acting as if they were the ones crowned and are now having to deal with the aftermath. Truth of the matter is, Miss Colombia has already made peace with it, saying everything happens for a reason.

Donald Trump even had the nerve to respond, saying this wouldn’t have happened if he still had the rights to the pageant. *Rolls eyes.* This might not have happened under Trump’s tenure, he just would have insulted all the constants of color.

Either way, I don’t want to be in the business of agreeing with Donald Trump or belittling members of our community when they make the type of mistake that could have happened to anybody.

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

December 11th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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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…