Liberals just might not like it very much if word gets out that the chief political correspondent for the left wing Slate.com said Donald Trump’s immigration plan just might help him go all the way– and maybe even win over black voters.
In an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room, Slate.com’s Jamelle Bouie said that Trump’s ideas on immigration are “not a bad play” and “as far as strategy goes” may appeal to black voters, only a small number of whom a Republican needs to assure total victory in 2016.
One of Trump’s main points has always been that America is losing jobs to China and Mexico and that this loss is hitting black youths harder than everyone else in our country. One of Trump’s goals is to bring those jobs back home.
On CNN, Bouie said Trump’s remarks were “absolutely fascinating” as a strategy.
Many strategists say that if the GOP could increase its black vote totals by even a small percentage more than the 8 to 10 percent it already gets, that could be a key to easy victory. But Bouie says he hasn’t heard of another Republican doing this.
“I don’t think I’ve heard a Republican ever talk specifically about African-American youth unemployment, which is a legitimate problem and a legitimate issue,” he said.
“And part of doing that, part of approaching that, might just be harnessing anxiety about immigration, about the fact that immigrants are typically filling low wage jobs, and are in some cases… competing with African-American workers,” Bouie added. “Trump, I think, might be banking on that fact. And it’s not a bad play as far as strategy goes.”
Bouie isn’t exactly right that no other Republican has made outreach to the African American community an important part of his strategy. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has spent a lot of time reaching out to and engaging blacks in their own neighborhoods.
And Paul has not restricted his focus just to his election campaign. This year, Paul pushed six bills in the Senate on issues ranging from the criminal justice system to voting rights, issues that are important to the African American community.
But Trump has been the latest to highlight the economic problems in the African American community. His newest immigration plan vows to put “American workers first.”
Trump’s plan continues, saying:
Nearly 30% of Hispanic teenagers are unemployed. For black Americans without high school diplomas, the bottom has fallen out: more than 70% were employed in 1960, compared to less than 40% in 2000. Across the economy, the percentage of adults in the labor force has collapsed to a level not experienced in generations. As CBS news wrote in a piece entitled ‘America’s incredible shrinking middle class’: ‘If the middle-class is the economic backbone of America, then the country is developing osteoporosis.
These are the issues that Slate’s left-wing political correspondent says could lead to Trump making inroads into the black vote.
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