Donald Trump made marginal gains with some Black and Hispanic voters in 2020 that some of us may find incomprehensible, not so for me.
At the height of the presidential campaign season, last year politics was on everyone’s tongue; what I heard from my customers as a small business owner, may have been the key to Trump’s success in getting at least more black people to vote for him.
Don’t forget that Donald Trump supported the additional $1400 in stimulus money going out to Americans. Whether his support was based on what people were going through, or saw it as a potential payoff to get votes is up for discussion and debate.
The fact that Donald Trump got more Black and Hispanic voters in the last general elections than his Republican predecessors is secondary to the point I’m making today.
Despite Donald Trump’s openly racist and xenophobic views, he managed to get some within the two voting blocs, (Blacks & Hispanics) to vote for him. This tells us that if the Republicans cared about being an open and inclusive political party, it could compete for all American citizens’ votes.
Clearly, there will be some voters in all categories and groups of voters, regardless of defining characteristics, who will sell their souls on the promise of a few bucks; Judas Iscariots certainly showed us that.
The Republican party does not want to compete for Hispanic voters, and worse yet, it has no interest in competing for the African-American votes. Republicans do not like Black people, so they have no interest in competing for the Black vote.
The Republican party, and by the party, I mean, ‘the people in it,’ literally hate Black people.
They never had a problem with Black people getting gunned down innocently by police; they have no issue with the disparate and unjust system that keeps Blacks tethered to the bottom of the barrel; in fact, they revel in it.
They find themselves on the opposite side of every issue that is important to African-Americans.
Republicans can do so and openly pass legislation that obviously and blatantly limits the Black vote, because of the built-in advantages the party has nationally in the two United States Senators per state & the electoral college, which all but guarantees Republican wins, if they manage to contain the black vote.
Donald Trump is a legend to Republican elected officials and their newly homogenized and concentrated white voting bloc. Trump demonstrated that they do not need anyone in their party if they are willing to do what it takes to bring the racist white vote around.
The silent white racists have always been there; Trump knew it and proved it. The unprecedented levels of neanderthals who crawled out of the proverbial caves to cast votes in the last elections, some of them for the first time, are evidence of Trump’s magnetic pull as a racial magnet.
Republican presidential candidates before the 1960s weren’t too concerned about the Black vote; Blacks scattered across the country were not going to be impactful to national elections. Their numbers could only make a difference along the margins, or so they thought, as long as they contain and limit their right to vote.
However, the growth and concentration of the black vote in large cities and counties across the country, helped by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, have caused a panicked response from Republicans that harkens back to the period after reconstruction.
New voter suppression laws and policies enacted by Republican legislatures across the country to limit and stop Blacks from voting have taken on new urgency after Donald Trump lost the presidency in 2020.
This time Republican legislators are not trying to hide their intentions; they openly say the new laws and policies are designed to stop people from voting.
South Carolina US Senator Lindsay Graham and others have argued, if they do not stop people from voting, the Republican party will cease to exist.
And so the Republican party is on a course to end this democracy as we know it, and install in its place an autocratic régime that will keep in place a white ethnostate.
The Republican party does not want to build a coalition that includes Black voters; doing so runs counter to its goals and aspirations. The party of Steve King, Steve Scalise, Matt Gaetz, Ron Johnson, Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has no place for blacks.
They would rather burn this experiment down and govern over the ashes of a weaker, more distorted version of it. One in which their pale skin gives them the sense of superiority they crave, but know in their hearts they do not have.
The imbecilic Wisconsin Joe McCarthy (2.0) Ron Johnson’s comments on the Capitol insurrection is the best window that I have seen that characterizes what the Republican party is today.
Ron Johnson voiced what I felt; that capitol insurrectionists were not there to hurt Republicans like the ignorant Wisconsinite; they were there to hang Mike Pence; they were there to murder Speaker Nancy Pelosi, progressives like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and others.
Ron Johnso said he had no fear of them; these were patriots who love their country, they loved police officers, they would never break the laws. But if he saw Black people demonstrating to have justice, to avoid being gunned down by KKK members in police uniforms, that would invoke fear in him.
The shameless imbecile from Wisconsin speaks to what Republicans want to take America back to, Sunday picnics where the lynching of black people was the main attraction.
In the eyes of this mental little person, American patriots are people who beat cops to death with flagpoles, fire extinguishers, and whatever else they could get their hands on. None of what they did was a crime; they wore shirts that say they support the police, they love their country.
Patriots to Ron Johnson are white militiamen who bear-spray cops, break down doors, smash furniture and destroy moments, steal documents, shit in the halls of our democracy to overturn an election deemed by patriotic Republicans as the fairest elections ever.
Great job Wisconsin, you gave the nation Joe McCarthy; you allowed Paul Ryan and Scott Walker to poison the country further; one would have thought that you would have better taste than to foist this pathetic relic of an embarrassment on the rest of us. But then again, you chose [that] over Russ Feingold, so there is that.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.