Donald Trump has long courted the support of African Americans. During his 2016 campaign, he asked minority voters, “what do you have to lose,” by voting for a conservative candidate. The president has also associated himself with the Blexit movement of prominent conservative activist, Candace Owens.
The President thinks that he may have a leg up on Joe Biden if he is to become the Democratic nominee. This weekend, Trump said that a candidate associated with 1994’s crime bill won’t be able to secure the black vote.
The president spread this message online over the weekend. On Twitter, he wrote, “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be able to vote for you. I, on the other hand, was responsible for Criminal Justice Reform, which had tremendous support, & helped fix the bad 1994 Bill!”
Trump then slammed the former Vice President for not apologizing for the bill. “Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing. That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!”
If Biden is the candidate, he has a clear edge over Trump when it comes to African American voters. A recent poll shows the former Vice President with 50% support among non-white voters. His next closest competitor is Bernie Sanders who is at 14%. Trump received only 8% of the black vote in 2016, compared to a whopping 88% for his opponent Hillary Clinton.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.