It will never cease to amaze me how some people can somehow think that being of a certain race or background obligates a particular kind of vote. You know, like how Joe Biden and many white liberal elites feel that all black Americans are or have to vote Democrat as if people blacks are individuals with their own personalities, thoughts, and political viewpoints.
But what amazes me, even more, is that some politicians have bought so much into this idea that, even though they are black themselves, they can’t begin to understand why a black American would stray from the Democratic Party.
Enter California Representative Maxine Waters. Like many Congress members, Waters has been too long in office claiming to give a voice to those in her community or district. However, her recent rant on why black Trump supporters were “shameful” only proves she is far from in tune with the people she is supposed to be representing.
On Friday, she made a guest appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” to discuss the election and what many would call the black vote.
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She told Madison that she couldn’t begin to even understand “where any blacks would be coming from that would be voting for Trump” and that it “hurts me so bad to see blacks talking about supporting Trump.”
She said, “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 backward. The divisiveness that this deplorable human being has caused, the confrontation, the dog-whistling to the right-wing, the white supremacists, the KKK, and they are coming alive.”
Now, given this rant, you’d think that she was unaware of just how many blacks and particularly young, male blacks are supporting Trump or the why behind it. But as she continues to explain to Madison, she knows all about this. In fact, she even cites a recent poll taken in Florida, which shows an unprecedented amount of support from the black community for a Republican president.
In what seems to be the last attempt at convincing these “traitors” that Trump is not to be supported by blacks, Waters claims the ever-present Democratic talking point of Trump being racist.
She said, “(Trump is) a racist. He does not have any appreciation for black people and black women in particular. He talked about us so bad. He talked about (the late) John Lewis so bad. He talked about (the late Elijah) Cummings so bad. He has no respect for us. He is not doing anything for us.”
However, she once again seems to be ignoring some key facts here.
First of all, is why, in fact, would Trump talk “bad” about Cummings or Lewis. Could it be that it was their political views and Democratic ideology that he had a problem with and not their skin color?
Secondly, I can’t think of a president who has done more for blacks than Trump. Like the rest of her party, Waters conveniently has forgotten about the record low unemployment rates Trump ushered in for both the black and Hispanic communities before the pandemic. They also seem to forget about the unprecedented projects like the “Platinum Plan,” which will seek to empower the black community further and give them a more equal foothold in our economy.
And of course, we can’t forget about the many times Trump has denounced far right-wing groups such as the KKK and white supremacists.
But to Waters, a black person supporting Trump is “absolutely unconscionable. It is shameful, but if they would spend some time with us, we would help them to know what we’re struggling for and how they would be able to help us in this struggle.”
I think she’s pretty much preaching to the choir here. I mean, she claims to know all about the “struggle” that blacks face just about everywhere, and yet, her well-known, want-for-nothing lifestyle proves she has no idea.
Take her $6 million mansion in Los Angeles, for example. Not only is it obviously luxurious and extravagant, but as such, it is far removed from any neighborhood that knows what “struggling” is.
Besides, it’s not even in her own district, you know, the one she claims to be a voice for, as her opponent so wisely points out.