It looks like President Donald Trump could get the highest percentage of African American votes since Eisenhower, an analyst said.
Randy DeSoto, a Western Journal political analyst, said in an article Thursday that President Trump is winning sympathizers among the African American community very quickly.
Historically, Republican candidates have never achieved African American support of more than 10%, except for Dwight Eisenhower.
Ike, was the most successful of them all, achieving a 39% black vote in 1956, and his vice president, Richard Nixon, had a 32% of the black vote in his losing presidential bid against Massachusetts Sen. John Kennedy in 1960.
Now it seems that Donald Trump is following Ike’s path of achieving historic African American support.
Another poll published 19 months after the president’s arrival at the White House, a NAACP survey revealed 21% approval of that minority to the Republican president.
President Trump got 8% black support in 2016. And despite the Republican Party’s bleak history, his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, believes the president can more than quadruple that number next year, he told Real Clear Politics.
Why have African Americans started supporting President Trump?
African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics are currently experiencing their lowest unemployment figures in U.S. history, and wages (particularly for those with the lowest incomes) have increased for the first time in years under policies implemented by the president, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report.
The Trump administration also passed the First Step Act with Democrats’ support.
“This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African American community,” President Trump told the House of Representatives in February of this year.
“The First Step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to re-enter society as productive, law-abiding citizens,” the president continued.
Parscale said the law significantly improved the president’s image in the African American community.
Conservative African American commentator Brandon Tatum told The Western Journal, “Donald Trump is in a very unique position.”
“He has advocated for the success of black folks. You see unemployment is at an all-time low. Black people are working more. Black women are doing better. All of these things are happening and occurring under President Trump.”
Tatum is an example of how African Americans are changing their perception, not just of President Trump, but of the Democratic Party and expects the president to get at least 20% black support by 2020.
Candace Owens, a political activist with nearly 2 million followers on social networks, said the Democratic Party’s policies harm, rather than help, the African American community.
In her new book “BlackOut,” the young activist recounts how Donald Trump’s question to the black community in the 2016 presidential campaign: “Try Trump. What do you have to lose?” was a wake-up call.
From that phrase, Candace, a lifelong staunch Democrat, began questioning the policies of the left toward black Americans and investigating the harm they inflict on the community.
Now, Candace is a staunch supporter of President Trump and his policies and is leading with Brandon Tatum a massive social movement called “Blexit” that encourages African Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
For his part, the popular conservative and former presidential candidate, Herman Cain, thinks the polls do not provide reliable data and thinks that the actual support for Trump is much higher.
“CNN exit polling is not reliable,” Cain said, according to The Western Journal.
“If you’re asking black people, and they’re coming from a black precinct, some of them aren’t going to tell you the truth,” he added, explaining that many people in general that he comes into contact with around the country “like to whisper at me, they’re supporting Trump,” but they won’t be vocal about it “because they don’t want to have to go through the hassle.”
Cain said the key to increasing the black vote for President Trump will be communicating how his policies are benefiting African Americans.
Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television believes that the Democratic Party has slipped too far to the left and also thinks that the Trump administration’s tax cuts are helping the current positive economic cycle.
“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment… so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level,” Johnson said.
Instrumentalizing racism as an electoral strategy
Candace Owens said Thursday during a joint hearing on white supremacy before the House Subcommittee on National Security and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties that white supremacy is by far not the most immediate problem of the African American community in the United States.
“The reason you’re talking about that in this room,” Owens told Democratic members of the commission, “is because you are trying to make the election about race.”
“Every four years they bring up the racial issue,” Owens said, but it seems that more and more people of color are waking up in the United States.
“I often look at myself and Candace Owens,” Tatum said. “Before Trump, we were both liberals and after Trump, we both have had influence of millions of people. Candace has had even more,” he added.
In this context it seems that the electoral prospects for President Trump in the African American community could surpass even Ike’s historic milestone, only time will tell.