Kanye West's sudden embrace of President Trump sent a lot of the rapper's progressive friends into orbit.
This may why they viewed West as such a big threat (as reported by Reuters and picked up by The Daily Caller):
Black male support for President Donald Trump doubled in just one week, according to a Reuters poll on presidential approval.
A poll taken on April 22, 2018 had Trump’s approval rating among black men at 11 percent, while the same poll on April 29, 2018 pegged the approval rating at 22 percent. It should be noted that Reuters only sampled slightly under 200 black males each week and slightly under 3,000 people overall.
Trump experienced a similar jump in approval among black people overall, spiking from 8.9 percent on April 22 to 16.5 percent on April 29.
Black males were also far more likely to say that they had “mixed feelings” about the president. On the 22nd, 1.5 percent said they had mixed feelings, while 7.1 percent said the same on the 29th.
The results are interesting given the recent transformation of Kanye West, who posted a picture of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat on his Twitter account last week.
It is extremely unfortunate that West has made some really inexcusable remarks about slavery (there was nothing voluntary about it) since he embraced President Trump.
However, this movement towards Trump in the wake of West's embrace has to be deeply troubling for Democrats. It might indicate that African Americans are ready to ask which political party really serves their interests.
Just an observation:I have to say that I am not as surprised by the Reuters report as many might be.
As a non-driver, I frequently rely on taxis, and I love to get the opinions of taxi drivers. I have discovered that, once they realize they have a "safe" passenger, many black male taxi drivers voice strong support for Trump.
They feel they were taken for granted and ill-served by Democrats.
Don't look now, but historic alliances may be beginning to crack, as African Americans, some no doubt empowered by West, start taking a fresh look at political loyalties.