In the United States, black voters vote Democrat.
In 1980, even the great, gentle, amiable Ronald Reagan, only got 11 per cent of the black vote. In 1984 — a year when Reagan won 49 states — his share of the black vote actually fell to 9 per cent.
Republicans never exceeded 12 per cent of the black vote, and in 2008, when Barack Obama ran, he got 95 per cent.
Blacks are about 12 per cent of the U.S. population so locking up 90-plus per cent of that before the campaign even starts — that’s a strong advantage when things are so close.
Even better, that vote is concentrated in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit. It’s a big reason why states like Pennsylvania and Michigan and Illinois are considered locks for the Democrats — though Trump managed to squeak through in those this time.
So what would happen if that Republican vote amongst blacks went up a bit — say, to 20 per cent or maybe even 30 or 40?
Well, we shouldn’t get carried away but let’s say it was no longer considered a sure thing for the Democrats? That could shave off a few percentages in the total vote and then, a lot of states that are close just wouldn’t be close anymore.
There have always been black conservatives, and not just 150 years ago, when it was the Republicans, the Party of Lincoln, who freed the slaves, while Democrats were the party of slavery and the KKK. I’m talking about Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell, scholars and intellectual stars, but not popular culture stars.
The stars — the leaders of the black community in recent years — are often celebrities in the field of entertainment and sports.
Frankly, black conservatives can come across as the square cousin in that old sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-air, nerdy, almost white in style and manner, compared to the hip Will Smith, who was cool.
Democrats own the cool space, don’t they?
Enter Kanye West, an incredibly successful music star, rapper, visionary.
Kanye is as big as it gets in urban culture, and he happens to be married to a celebrity model, Kim Kardashian, who actually has more followers on Twitter than Donald Trump himself.
Kanye has met with Trump before and has posted selfies wearing a Make America Great Again hat, and that caused a big freak-out on the left.
He was going rogue, and the left didn’t like it.
And would you look at that! An opinion poll, published in USA Today, showing that Trump’s approval amongst blacks was at 36 per cent!
That’s destruction to the Democrats in several states. And it’s a sign that maybe some other blacks feel that it’s OK to publicly identify as Republican — or at least for Trump, if not the party of Lincoln.
Maybe they think the last 50 years of urban leftist policy — welfare, crime, affirmative action — hasn’t actually worked. And maybe the president who is obsessed with job creation is actually better for Blacks than Democrats who take them for granted?
And so Kanye West went to the White House yesterday, the same way his wife did a few months ago. And Trump invited in the cameras, and Kanye said some things that terrified the black democrats, and the white democrats who would seek to control them, and the left’s media allies.
The Democrats are really worried. And they’re going to do crazy things to stop this, like they did with Kavanaugh. But bullying hasn’t worked on Kanye so far.
It will be interesting, won’t it?
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