Trump and “the blacks”

Via the Daily Observer come this quote from a Donald Trump appearance on a DC radio show:

“I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers.”

First, this sounds all too much like “some of my best friends are black.”

Second, it echoes in my mind back with Perot was running and he was speaking to a predominantly black audience and kept referring to those in attendance as “you people.”

Third, the numbers in question were those showing widespread African-American support for Obama.  Why, pray tell, would those be “very, very frightening numbers?”

Update: Fourth, this puts me in the mind of the episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Meet the Blacks” wherein Larry and Cheryl taken in a family from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina (the family’s last name is “Black”).  I think I might pay to see Trump hanging with Leon.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Comments

  1. Shopaholic_918 says:

    If I may speak for “The Blacks”, and I suppose I can, I don’t have a good relationship with Donald Trump. At all.

  2. mantis says:

    I’m really more of a Browns fan, myself.

  3. sam says:

    The Donald is down with The Blacks. Neat.

  4. Kylopod says:

    And a lot of the good blacks will attest to that.

  5. Christian says:

    Why should Trump be surprised at the numbers of blacks who support Obama? If the Tea Party supports a White person thats considered racist. Why are blacks allowed to seek the interests of the black race? Please explain Taylor.

  6. mantis says:

    If the Tea Party supports a White person thats considered racist.

    By whom? Links and quotes, please.

  7. G.A. Phillips says:

    Christian, the Tea Party is racist because its racist. please try to keep up.

  8. TG Chicago says:

    Why should Trump be surprised at the numbers of blacks who support Obama? If the Tea Party supports a White person thats considered racist. Why are blacks allowed to seek the interests of the black race? Please explain Taylor.

    African Americans have traditionally overwhelmingly supported Democrats regardless of their race.

  9. G.A. Phillips says:

    African Americans have traditionally overwhelmingly supported Democrats regardless of their race.

    Bullshit er, I mean donkeypoop!

  10. Dan says:

    African Americans have traditionally overwhelmingly supported Democrats regardless of their race.

    Bullshit er, I mean donkeypoop!

    No Republican presidential nominee has received more than 15% of the black vote since 1965 and none have received anywhere near a majority of the black vote since before FDR.

    Since only one of the Democratic challengers has been black, I think it’s safe to say that African Americans have overwhelmingly supported Democratic nominees for quite some time regardless of their race.

  11. Ignacio says:

    It also sounds like Trump thought he had many fans of an African American descent. Celebrities. 🙂

  12. jwest says:

    Trump made a major mistake by not mentioning how “clean and articulate” he thinks the blacks are. By leaving this out, he risks being labeled racist.