Donald Trump is on track to lose the African American vote in 2020 about as badly as he lost it in 2016. That’s not a surprise, considering Trump’s racist words, behavior, and policies. But apparently the Trump campaign is making a last minute push to win over Black voters, by sending Jared Kushner to the plate. It’s not going well.
Jared Kushner went on Fox News and said this: “One thing we’ve seen in a lot of the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the policies that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be more successful more than they want to be successful.”
In other words, Kushner is relying on the old racist trope that says Black people are only struggling and impoverished because they don’t want to succeed, or they’re lazy. This is the kind of nonsense that wealthy privileged white people tell themselves, as an excuse for not wanting to properly reform things. It’s not at all surprising that Kushner feels this way; it’s just stunning that he thinks saying it out loud is a good campaign strategy to win over Black voters.
In that same interview, Jared Kushner also made a point of attacking people for having dared to speak up about George Floyd’s murder, insisting they were merely “virtue signaling” – a phrase that crappy people use to try to dismiss the behavior of decent people. Kushner then accused Black athletes of trying to “polarize” the country. This interview was a disaster for him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report