The New York Times’ Charles Blow is clearly no fan of Donald Trump, as he has with regularity blasted the Republican nominee for a variety of his positions, but in particular in relation to what Blow calls racist rhetoric and behavior.
In ‘Donald Trump Does Detroit,’ Charles Blow takes aim at Donald Trump’s attempted ‘outreach’ to the black community by visiting a black church in Detroit. Trump’s attempts so far have been widely viewed at not only unsuccessful, but an attempt to outreach not to black voters, but to white conservatives and independents who may be hesitant because of the Trump campaign’s controversial racial record.
Charles Blow has been one of the loudest critics of Mr. Trump’s attempts, repeatedly pointing out exactly what he believes is happening in Camp Trump. There are three major takeaways from Blow’s opinion.
First, Blow points out that the purported outreach that the candidate is doing is at best too little too late, but more likely, no different on Saturday when he visited a black church than it has been when he has spoken to primarily white audiences. He points to Trump’s extensive record both before and after he announced candidacy of racial indiscretions and what Blow calls downright bigotry. The point being that Trump cannot spend an entire lifetime accumulating a record of racial insensitivity and bigotry, and expect it to wash clean by a visit to a black church speaking before a few church members.
Second, Blow points out that Trump is part of and in some cases, the cause of, the very issues that he rails against. For example, Trump told the small gathering that “Our nation is divided,” not acknowledging that Trump himself is a “principle source of that division.” Donald Trump spoke of the fact that people are talking past each other and that “those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what is going on.” Yet, Trump, himself, has not ventured into black communities until just two months before the presidential election, and only after his sagging poll numbers became too much to ignore — only after the realization that he cannot win the general election with the same electorate that won him the Republican primary.
Third, Blow calls out Trump for taking positions which only serve the far right and racists, and are not solutions for black communities. In his speech, Trump stated that “I believe we need a civil rights agenda of our time, one that ensures the rights to a great education and the right to live in safety and in peace and to have a really, really great job, a good-paying job, and one that you love to go to every morning.”
Blow says that this translates into:
“I want to further weaken public education through more charters and vouchers. I want to flood your neighborhoods with more police because you can’t control yourselves. I want you to stop freeloading, get off welfare, and get a job.”
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