One of the most surprising things about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is his doubling down on stupidity. In the past, Trump has referred to the African-American community as “the Blacks” and stated that the plight of the community was so bad “What did you have to lose” by voting for him as President? Yesterday, he once again spoke about Black communities using the most negative imagery possible.
Trump stated at a Toledo, Ohio campaign rally in front of a mostly White audience, “And we’re going to work on our ghettos … You take a look at what’s going on where you have pockets of, areas of land where you have the inner cities, and you have so many things, so many problems… So many horrible, horrible problems. The violence. The death. The lack of education. No jobs.”
Trump has consistently associated the Black population with the inner city in an effort to appeal to his White working class voter base. In addition, he has tolerated and approved of their overt racist and in some cases violent behavior at campaign rallies. In some cases critics have stated that he, in fact, incites violence at such events. His attempts to reach Black voters has overall failed and he is trailing in polls with this demographic. The candidate is also suffering negative numbers across a wide spectrum of American voters because of his recent comments about not possibly accepting the results of the election if he loses.
His arrogance in attacking the fundamental “peaceful transition of power” in the United States was horrifying to a vast majority of American voters. But this does not seem to faze Trump in the least and he is delighting in his moment, He told the crowd in Toledo, “What a difference it is. I’m just thinking to myself right now – we should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump, right?”
Trump’s statements, however, do not reflect the fact that his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, holds a commanding 12-point lead with 11 days left until the election.