Memo to black men: Stop voting Republican

1053877032Attendees listen to President Trump’s address during the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House on Oct. 26, 2018.

 

BROTHERS, WE NEED to talk.

In the midterm elections, about 17 percent of black men voted to give Texas Republican Ted Cruz another term in the Senate. Around 11 percent supported Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, even though he did his best, as the Republican secretary of state, to disenfranchise more than a million voters, the majority of them African-American.

So, here’s my request: Black men, vote like black women.

Yes, black men vote consistently for Democratic candidates, but there is no more unshakable bloc than black women. More than 90 percent voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and against failed Alabama Senate candidate and accused sexual predator Roy Moore last year.

In Tuesday’s midterms, 94 percent of black women voters supported Beto O’Rourke, Cruz’s opponent; in Georgia, 97 percent of African-American women backed Democrat Stacey Abrams. (Her opponent, Kemp, only resigned as secretary of state Thursday, after turning his contest against Abrams into a hot mess of voter suppression. She has refused to concede.)

Only in Florida’s gubernatorial race did black men surpass black women in voting for the Democratic candidate — Andrew Gillum, the African-American mayor of Tallahassee.

Black women generally don’t vote against their self-interests. We vote as if our lives depend on it, because they do.

Much has been made — and rightfully so — about white women supporting terrible white Republican men at the ballot box. Two years ago, 53 percent of white women shunned Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump, unswayed by the infamous “Access Hollywood” audiotape or his other boorish or racist behavior.

For the recent midterms, the numbers were again telling. Yes, Republicans lost support among suburban white women, which allowed Democrats to regain control of the House of Representatives. Yet in key races in Georgia, Texas, and Florida, white women still overwhelmingly voted red.

As exit polls revealed demographic breakdowns and voting patterns, they again garnered a lot of social media chatter about white women as “foot soldiers of the patriarchy.” But the statistics that caught my eye concerned black men, and their double-digit support for Kemp and Cruz. Even in the Florida race between Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, 8 percent of black men voted for DeSantis. That’s a low number, but still too high when one considers that DeSantis was endorsed by white supremacists and buoyed by racist robocalls.

How can so many black men still align with a party that, now more than ever, is unified by white identity politics?

During his campaign, O’Rourke spoke passionately in a black church about a young unarmed black man killed in his own apartment by a police officer in Texas. Cruz turned the O’Rourke speech into an attack ad.

One day before the election, Kemp tried to tie Abrams to the Black Panther Party, by tweeting a photo — plucked from Breitbart News — of armed members holding an Abrams sign. Kemp claimed this as proof that his opponent was “TOO EXTREME” for Georgia.

My brothers, don’t believe the hype. This Republican Party is not the party of Lincoln. This is unabashedly the party of white supremacy, migrant family separations, racist fearmongering, and Brett Kavanaugh. Even one-time Trump-hugger Kanye West has finally stopped parading around in his red MAGA hat, at least for now.

Recently, The Economist pondered what it would take to make a black voter a likely Republican. For me, this was the most compelling statistic: The younger a black person is, the more likely to skew to the right. Although older white voters tend to be Republican, it’s the reverse in black communities. That’s because older African-Americans have vivid memories of Jim Crow and segregation.

Meanwhile, Trump is courting young black conservatives. In October, he welcomed hundreds to a leadership summit, where they chanted, “Build that wall.” Yes, those were black people joining a racist president to keep brown people out of America.

Look, I get that black people aren’t a monolith, and shouldn’t be expected to hold the same beliefs and political leanings. But we’re in an era when Republicans have swapped their dog whistles for bullhorns. With hate crimes rising, you’ll still be targeted for the color of your skin, not the content of your politics.

You are supporting a man who places party (and, really, his own needs and wants) over country. He proudly calls himself “a nationalist,” and has repeatedly declined to tone down rhetoric fueling racism and anti-Semitism.

Often, people of color ask white allies to speak to their own friends, relatives, and coworkers about the damage Republican candidates and policies do to our communities. In that spirit, black men, I am speaking to you. Our concerns are your concerns — or at least they should be.

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Woman Cons Generous Trump Supporters Out of $150,000, is Hailed as a Social Justice Hero!?

A black woman conned generous Trump supporters out of $150,000 to ‘own the racists’ and was hailed as a social justice hero, despite inadvertently proving that Trump supporters are not racist.

The woman, who changed her name to ‘reformed republican’ on Twitter, tweeted, “I will not hide any longer,, the left has made us feel as if us black republicans should hide!! but not anymore!! #BlacksForTrump #WalkAway #maga.”

She then amped up the scam by claiming her parents had disowned her for supporting Trump before posting a GoFundMe link for people to donate.

After conning Trump supporters out of around $150,000, she justified it by asserting, “stealing from republicans isn’t bad because republicans arent ppl.”

The woman’s goal was apparently not just to make money, but to highlight the racism of Trump supporters (the same ones who’d just generously donated $150,000 to an African-American woman).

“Trump is a racist, homophobic, transphobic, bigot AND YOU THINK MY BLACK ASS WOULD SUPPORT THAT ROTTING CARROT?? ridiculous,” she tweeted.

She used some of the money to buy a brand new iPhone XS Max. 

“Girl i can afford my tuition, rent, and 17 iphones now,” she later tweeted.

Numerous left-wing websites subsequently celebrated the scam, with Pink News noting how the woman was “praised” as a “hero” for the stunt.

In reality, all she proved was that Trump supporters are generous towards black people (ie not racist) and she is a liar and thief who has most likely committed a criminal offense.

Stunning and brave.

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DOMESTIC TERRORISM SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 5 FELONIES

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11:52 AM PT— During a DOJ press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sayoc has been charged with 5 federal crimes — interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents, threatening interstate communication and assaulting current and former federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison.

FBI director Chris Wray said, after the FBI’s initial analysis, “They found a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters,” adding that Sayoc’s DNA was also linked to multiple packages delivered. “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill later said there might be more packages that have yet to be delivered, and encouraged the public to take caution.

10:43 AM PT — Sayoc was arrested in 2002 for threatening to blow up Florida Power & Light utilities company and said, “It would be worse than September 11th” … according to Miami PD records. He also threatened to harm the employee who was on the phone if they cut off his electricity.

He was charged with phone bomb threats, and eventually sentenced to one year probation.

10:35 AM PT — Sayoc was in handcuffs as heavily armed law enforcement officers took him into custody.

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Also, Chippendales tells us Sayoc was working for a knockoff company … not the real Chippendales.

9:05 AM PT — Our law enforcement sources confirm the suspect’s name is Cesar A. Sayoc, a 56-year-old from Aventura, FL … and he has an extensive criminal history.

We found this image of him wearing a MAGA hat from 2016. We know he attended at least one Trump rally that year.

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In 2014, Sayoc was on probation for battery and grand theft, and requested permission to travel due to his job as a road manager for Chippendales, International Gold Productions and Cesar Palace Royale Burlesque Show.

8:45 AM PT — President Trump just addressed the crowd about the arrest of the suspect.

This close-up image of one side of the van shows images with crosshairs over Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, CNN’s Van Jones … and many more. There are also several positive images of the President and VP Mike Pence.

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Federal authorities have nabbed a suspect for the rash of explosive devices sent this week to President Trump’s political foes … TMZ has confirmed.

The man was arrested Friday morning in Plantation, FL … and law enforcement swarmed around a vehicle believed to belong to the suspect. The van is covered with political stickers … including images of the President.

Cops had been zeroing in on a postal facility in Opa-locka — just south of Plantation — which they believe the suspect used to ship several of the suspicious packages. The most recent device found there was addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

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The wave of packages started arriving on Monday with one sent to liberal philanthropist George Soros … and then on Wednesday … packages intended for Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas were intercepted.

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The attempted attacks continued with packages targeting Robert De Niro, Rep. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden. One sent to former CIA Director John Brennan forced the evacuation of Time Warner Center in NYC.

Originally published 8:07 AM PT

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A man tore off a teen’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and threw a soda in his face, police say

A man who was seen in a viral video confronting a teenager and stealing his hat that bears President Trump’s campaign slogan is now facing a felony theft charge. Kino Jimenez, 30, was arrested Thursday, a day after he reportedly started an argument with the teen, whom police did not identify but has been named in interviews as 16-year-old Hunter Richard.Richard was dining with friends Wednesday at a Whataburger restaurant in San Antonio when Jimenez walked up to the group’s table and took off the teen’s hat, according to the San Antonio Police Department. The video, which begins midway into the argument, shows a man believed to be Jimenez holding a red “Make America Great Again” hat and tossing a large cup of soda in the teen’s face.Jimenez then walked away, hollering an expletive and a racist word. As he headed toward the door, he said the hat will “go great” in his fireplace.The incident happened at 2 a.m. Wednesday. Hours later, Richard and a guardian reported it to authorities, police said.

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Police found Jimenez in Universal City, Tex., just outside San Antonio, and arrested him Thursday evening. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.Efforts to reach the teen have been unsuccessful, but in an interview with NBC affiliate WOAI, Richard said he supports President Trump.“And if you don’t, let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off,” he said. “I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me. ”Whataburger, a San Antonio-based fast food chain, said in a statement that none of its employees were involved in the incident.  “We were shocked to see this video and certainly don’t condone this type of customer behavior in our restaurants, “the company said.Jimenez has since been fired from his job as a part-time employee at Rumble, a local bar, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The Washington Post was unable to reach Rumble on Friday.The video was first posted on Facebook, but it has since been removed or changed to a private setting. Versions of it are still circulating online. The incident fueled criticism among conservatives and right-wing media. Gateway Pundit, for example, published a story Thursday calling Jimenez a “violent leftist” and a “scumbag progressive. “Donald Trump Jr. called the incident “disgusting and a disgrace” and said in a tweet Thursday that “no one should feel unsafe” for supporting the president. Trump Jr. offered to give Richard a new Make America Great Again hat, signed by the president, if someone could give him the teen’s contact information.Brad Parscale, the president’s campaign manager, also went on Twitter, saying that he, too, would love to give the teen a signed hat.