What kind of African Americans support Trump

Presidential election USA - Donald Trump also wants to win black voters

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In 2016, Trump received just eight percent of the vote from African Americans. He is doing everything to become more popular with them.

This week one hears various pointed statements from African American Republicans: “The Democrats feel so safe that blacks vote them. We're sick of it. " Or: "President Trump is not a racist."

In 2016, only eight percent of the Afro-American votes went to Donald Trump. But now the Republicans are relying on a colorful image, not least to keep moderate white voters.

The Trump election campaign is also trying to purposefully steal black votes from the Democrats. The campaign is called “Black Voices for Trump”. Chris Walker of the election campaign organization Trump Victory says President Trump's economic policy will reach those blacks who would have benefited from low unemployment before the corona crisis.

A growing economy is the best way to help all Americans, says Walker. And the Democrats would politicize past black concerns.

Against austerity measures by the police

For example, around 80 percent of African Americans would not support the police austerity measures that some Democrats would advocate. Walker from the Trump campaign team also sees no problem in the candidacy of dark-skinned Kamala Harris as Vice President: "She is fundamentally too radical on the left."

The Trump campaign works closely with local Republican parties, for example in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 30-year-old Khenz Senate runs the first republican election campaign office in a predominantly Afro-American neighborhood.

If his party wins 12 or 14 percent of the black vote instead of 8 percent as it did four years ago, then Trump would win in Wisconsin, says Senate.

In 2016, many blacks did not vote

In the highly competitive state of Wisconsin, Donald Trump won against Hillary Clinton in 2016 with around 23,000 more votes. The voting behavior of African Americans played an important role because many did not vote. The turnout of African Americans in Wisconsin fell nearly 20 percent in 2016. Clinton lost most of their votes.

Turnout will be hugely important this year too, says political scientist Paru Shah from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Everything speaks for an increase and that will help the Democrats.

Racist police violence motivates voting

It doesn't give the Republican charm offensive against black voters in Wisconsin a great chance. The African-American electorate was particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the economic crisis. The political scientist is convinced that she would also motivate racist police violence to go to the polls.

Winning black voters is no easy task for Republicans. But in the US, small margins determine who wins. And so the Republican Khenzer Senate says in Milwaukee: He will turn every stone and address every African American.

Rendez-vous, 08/27/2020, 12:30 p.m.

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  • Comment from Reto Blatter (against mainstream)
    I just saw a post on Fox that said six Democratic mayors in Minnesota officially support Donald Trump's candidacy. It's getting tight for Joe Biden. That is why, contrary to earlier statements, he is now leaving his house in order to campaign at short notice. Obviously the Dems miscalculated with the support or tolerance of chaos and violence through links :)
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    1. answer from Damian Hiltebrand (Damian Hiltebrand)
      Fox news is known to be the Republicans' propaganda channel ...
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    2. answer from Reto Blatter (against mainstream)
      @damian: yes and? A mayor justified the decision in front of the camera. Very interesting to look at.
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    3. answer from Lukas Gubser (Mastplast)
      CNN is the de Dems propaganda station. But you still only take your facts from such channels.
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    4. answer from Reto Camenisch (Horatio)
      Blatter, Gubser. The Dems propaganda station has shown several times that deserving Republicans do not support Trump, e.g. Powell, Kasich and so on. So what about the former Rep Presidents and their entourage?
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  • Comment from Walter Wieser (Walt)
    DT has done more for African Americans than any other president before him, except for Lincoln, of course. He will get a very high percentage of AA votes. You hear that every day from AA politicians, but also from the common people. (Voters)! Unlike Biden who said literally: "Blacks who do not vote democratically are not black". Very insulting if you ask me. The AA are very well able to think and choose independently.
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    1. answer from Thomas F. Koch (double ex)
      Yes, Biden's statement was certainly counterproductive.
      On the other hand, do you think the AA forgot about Trump's "What the hell you have to lose" statement? The AA still have an above-average number of lives to be lost to the police, as demonstrated by George Floyd and Jacob Blake.
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  • Comment from Peter Stauffer (Pfefferschote)
    Whether 74-year-old Trump or 78-year-old Biden is elected does not matter that much for the United States.
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