In the final days of this presidential election, big-name black and Hispanic entertainers have come out in support of President Donald Trump based on his policies. That has irked the left.
Lil Pump, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent (before retracting), Ice Cube (working with the campaign on his plan for the black community), and others are rocking the boat prompting John Legend to quip at a Biden rally:
Some of your former favorite rappers have been taken in by these lies…
This follows Chelsea Handler reminding her ex-beau, 50 Cent, that “he was a Black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump.”
To celebrities on the left, this is treasonous. They believe that minorities should vote alike and think alike and they dictate that it has to be for the left, not the right.
To them, it’s bad enough that black people would choose not to support someone on the left. However, they are adding injury to insult by using their platform to encourage others to consider the policies of President Trump.
Now, even black America’s “auntie” is speaking out.
Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters so upset, she is withholding her forgiveness of independent-thinking blacks:
He has no respect for us. He’s not doing anything for us. And for those black young men who think somehow they can align themselves with Trump, not only are they terribly mistaken. Any of them showing their face, I will never ever forgive them for undermining the possibility to help their own people and their own communities. It is absolutely unconscionable. It is shameful.
Waters cannot fathom why blacks are supporting the president.
I don’t know why they would be doing it. I don’t know what’s on their minds, but if we don’t turn out this vote, and turn it out huge, this man could end up winning again. And this country would go backwards …
These last-minute efforts to wrangle independent-thinking minorities back in line is insulting and disrespectful, but they expose a real fear of an awakening that may reshape politics for some time to come.
President Trump won 8 percent of black voters and 29 percent of Hispanic voters in 2016. This compares to Mitt Romney’s 6 percent and 27 percent, respectively, in 2012.
It is quite possible that President Trump captures more support this election cycle.
While the comments of John Legend and Rep. Waters focus on rhetoric, minorities talk about policies and what he has accomplished for blacks and Hispanics.
- Real median household income reached an all-time record high of $68,700 in 2019.
- Income levels for minorities reached record highs.
- Real median incomes grew for black Americans (+7.9%), Hispanic Americans (+7.1%), and Asian Americans (+10.6%).
- The poverty rate fell to an all-time record low for every race and ethnic group.
- The declines in the poverty rates for minority groups were greater than the decline in the overall poverty rate: Black (-2.0 percentage points), Hispanic (-1.8 percentage points), and Asian (-2.8 percentage points)
Maxine Waters may never forgive blacks for being independent thinking, but her forgiveness is not what expands opportunities, reduces poverty, and makes their neighborhoods safer or more prosperous. Pro-growth policies of tax cuts, deregulation, criminal justice reform, and smart policing reform do.