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Est. April 5, 2002
September 29, 2016 - Issue 668

GOP Candidate’s Campaign
Sinking Fast

"In the current election season, Donald Trump
has brought the same vitriol, raw hate and
division with his promise to build a wall and
expel the undocumented Mexican immigrants,
and his vow to throw all Muslims out of the country. 
And for black people, let them have more police brutality."

If you watched the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, you know one thing’s for sure: Trump is a loser.

Last night, the GOP nominee had a nervous breakdown of sorts, as are all of the white men who support him—all of those who have bemoaned the loss of “their” country since 2008, and now make a last ditch effort to “Make America Great Again.”

When it comes to Trump’s birther ways, his open racial hostility and callousness on issues of importance to the black community, what you see is what you get. And his campaign, like his career, has been built on lies, racism and fear.

This first debate didn’t change that, it only solidified it.

It would have been entertaining if the stakes were not so high. And it is frightening to think that a man like Donald Trump—angry bully that he may be—will win this thing if his opponent does not. However, Trump made a fool of himself at Hofstra, going to-to-toe with his Democratic rival and speaking foolishness on issues of race and the issue over President Obama’s citizenship–the controversy that wasn’t.

Lester Holt, the debate moderator, provided Trump with a golden opportunity to dispel the notion that he is a racist and running a racist campaign. When asked what he would do to improve race relations, in the midst of protests over police violence, Trump gave the most baffling response one can imagine—that is, if he really wants black people, or more realistically, white swing voters, to believe he’s not a Klansman.

Our inner cities, African Americans and Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous,” he said. Meanwhile, his answer to all of the so-called violence in the black community is “law and order”–a ramping up of the stop-and-frisk policing that was championed by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

He said noting of the racial profiling, the excessive monitoring of Black communities by police, and the harassment African-Americans face each day. While Holt, in his role as fact-checker reminded Trump that stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge because it amounted to racial profiling, Trump responded, “No, you’re wrong.” The GOP candidate also argued that the judge was a “very against-police judge” and therefore that didn’t count.

No, the argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them and they are bad people that shouldn’t have them,” Trump added. “I think that I developed very, very good relationships over the last little while with the African American community,” he said. “I think you can see that.”

On the birther issue, Holt asked Trump why it took him so long to conclude that President Obama was born in the U.S. Trump claimed he did a “great job and great service” in raising issues of Obama’s citizenship. “Nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it … I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate and I think I did a good job,” Trump added.

In a rambling diatribe, he said a great deal but nothing that made any particular sense, all the while arguing that Clinton started this whole thing. “Sidney Blumenthal works for the campaign and a very close friend of Secretary Clinton,” Trump began. “And her campaign manager, Patti Doyle, went to — during her campaign against President Obama, fought very hard. And you can go look it up, and you can check it out. And if you look at CNN this past week, Patti Solis Doyle was on Wolf Blitzer saying that this happened.”

Blumenthal sent McClatchy, a highly respected reporter at McClatchy to Kenya to find out about it,” Trump continued. “They were pressing it very hard. She failed to get the birth certificate. When I got involved, I didn’t fail. I got him to give the birth certificate. So I’m satisfied with it, and I’ll tell you why I’m satisfied with it.”

To her own credit, Clinton characterized Trump’s birther claims as a “racist lie,” reminding us that he “started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted.

He persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it,” she said, also noting that Trump has a long record of racist behavior, would not rent to African Americans in the 1970s, and was sued twice by the Justice Department.

What Hillary left out of the equation was the full page ad that Trump placed in four New York newspapers back in 1989. It was the time of the Central Park jogger case, when five black and Latino teens were falsely arrested, convicted and sent to prison for years for the brutal rape of a white woman that someone else committed. “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back The Police!” read the ad, with a signed statement from Trump: “I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.”

And following the reelection of the first black president in 2012, Trump took to Twitter, as he often does, to express his disgust:

This is why the Klansmen, skinheads and neo-Nazis are behind this man.

In the current election season, Donald Trump has brought the same vitriol, raw hate and division with his promise to build a wall and expel the undocumented Mexican immigrants, and his vow to throw all Muslims out of the country. And for black people, let them have more police brutality.

But now, after the debate, Trump is sinking just like the Titanic. Omarosa Manigault, the Trump campaign's director of African-American outreach, Dr. Ben Carson, and those Negro preachers Darrell Scott and Mark Burns, you’d better get that lifeboat now, and save yourselves while you can.

This commentary originally appeard in The Grio

David A. Love, JD - Serves as Executive Editor. He is journalist, commentator and human rights advocate based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to theGrioAtlantaBlackStarThe Progressive,, Morpheus, NewsWorks and The Huffington Post. He also blogs at Contact Mr. Love and BC.




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