It took the Philadelphia Inquirer just three words and one image to completely blow up Donald Trump’s hamfisted attempt to “reach out” to the African American community. Other newspaper editors take note: This is how you do it.
Readers were greeted to the headline “Trump Reaches Out” on the day of Trump’s much-talked about trip to a black church in Detroit, Michigan. The accompanying photo features the Republican candidate inexplicably placing his hand on two African-American women while seemingly leaning as far away from them as possible. It was a perfect symbol of the GOP’s relationship with the black community.
Great photo on the Philadelphia Inquirer front page: pic.twitter.com/iPOyDtPmch
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 3, 2016
Trump’s stabs at appealing to a demographic other than old white guys has been about as awkward as the picture. After neglecting minority voters for most of the campaign, Trump suddenly made an offer to them almost as an afterthought. His big pitch: “What have you got to lose?”
For African Americans, who have watched Trump demonize other minority groups and ally himself with white supremacists, the answer seems to be “A lot, actually.” After all, Trump has spent his career variously discriminating against or ignoring African Americans depending on the situation. Many may remember that Trump and his businesses have been sued several times for racial discrimination. Trump himself was once overheard saying:
“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
He did himself no favors by quickly rushing to exploit the death of a young African American mother who happened to be the cousin of basketball player Dwyane Wade.
Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
No wonder Trump’s big Detroit speech was given to a room half empty and not happy.
Pandering has never been so obvious. And now, thanks to the Philadelphia Inquirer, we have the image to capture it.
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