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Before President Trump left Miami on Thursday for another long day for his campaign, he held a private meeting with supporters. His campaign attracted a group of supporters throughout the year: rapper Lil Wayne (Lil Wayne). Wayne).
Later, Lil Wayne revealed the contents of the meeting to nearly 35 million fans on Twitter.
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus, in addition to everything he has done so far in criminal reform, the Platinum Plan will give the community real ownership. He listened to what we are going to say today and promised that he will and can do it. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
-Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
The Trump campaign was pleased with this support and promoted it to the outreach list of black voters. It is still a very long shot. Black voters are a reliable source of strong support for the Democratic presidential candidate, and no rapper will have a major influence on this.
But after winning only 8% of black votes in 2016, Trump hopes to at least gain something this time.
This is a two-pronged strategy. On the one hand, the campaign is improving his track record in criminal justice reforms, funding historically black schools, and other issues important to black voters.
But Trump tried time and time again to send a clear message to black voters: Don’t vote for Biden. Trump blamed Biden for almost all policies that have negatively affected black Americans in the past 40 years.
Even if Trump announced the agenda for the second term of black voters, called the “Platinum Plan,” he still criticized Joe Biden for most of his time and checked his name more than 20 times.
Critics say that the purpose of this strategy is more to prevent blacks from participating in the process than to allow them to win. However, the Trump campaign denied that this was their intention.
Campaign adviser Katrina Pierson (Katrina Pierson) stated that the goal is to create contrast and oppose the notion that Trump’s presidency is bad for blacks.
Pearson said in an interview: “Considering that the United States has to make a choice on who to lead in the next four years, this is a very conscious argument.”
Trying to turn black voters into Trump supporters has always been a daunting task. However, the Trump campaign has invested money in contacts with African Americans, and advisers say they think they have made some progress.
The campaign spent $20 million on radio and television advertising, including positions in the Super Bowl and door knocking, and opened 17 field offices in the Black community in Swing State.
Opinion polls show that support of black voters has increased in certain areas, but experts will doubt its influence.
The website FiveThirtyEight.com conducted an analysis earlier this month and found that Trump has better relationships with young African Americans. His approval rating was 21% in 2020, while voters under the age of 44 were 10% in 2016. The latest survey since then showed that Trump’s approval rate among young black voters has declined, but his approval rate is still slightly higher than that of older black voters.
The problem for Trump is that although there are signs that this year’s young voters will turn out to be higher than in previous years, young voters are not as committed to voting as older people.
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Theodore said: “In terms of the degree to which Donald Trump is intervening in young black voters, they are more likely to have voted for the Republican Party, or traditionally do not vote at all and are somewhat out of the voters.” Brennan Johnson of the Justice Center.
Johnson, who studies the role of race in elections, pointed out that the 2012 presidential election was a typical example of young people not always showing up.
The turnout of African American voters under the age of 30 declined that year, but former President Barack Obama benefited from a surge in black voters over 45. Even if the number of young voters decreases, the participation rate of black voters exceeds that of white voters for the first time.
Chryl Laird (Chryl Laird) co-authored a book on black political behavior, he said: “Older people are not only willing to vote, but also willing to endure the requirement to vote.”
Another part of the black voting group showed some openness to Trump: black people. Although most blacks are not Trump supporters, they are more likely to support the president than black women.
The campaign tried to attract black people by emphasizing former athletes who supported Trump and recent well-known rap stars.
The rapper 50 cents briefly expressed support for Trump in a lively Instagram post after complaining that Biden would raise his taxes. He later returned his statement.
Laird said that 50 points representing black male voters are more likely to find Trump the attractive type.
Laird said: “Obviously, his monetary gains and monetary goals surpassed his position in the black community or blacks even thought of him. He said so.”
Another rapper, Ice Cube, also announced that he worked with the Trump campaign to develop the “Platinum Plan” in the “Black Plan”.Ice cube tell Fox News Sunday He has not yet decided who will get the vote, but he is willing to work with anyone who will help African Americans.
Trump adviser Pearson said she believes the strategy will work. She believes Trump will reach double digits among black voters this time.
But Johnson said that adding a few points does not represent historical support for the Republican president. In recent decades, the only Republican among Republicans who performed worse than Trump with black voters is voting against the first black president.
Johnson said: “What we are seeing today is not Donald Trump turning black voters into Republicans. We see black Republicans coming home.”