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.
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…