GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing his “minority outreach,” which appears to be mostly telling white audiences that the lives of African-Americans really suck. And to help him push his nonsense, he is making use of a few black surrogates.
One of those surrogates, Cleveland Pastor James Davis, appeared on CNN’s New Day on Thursday morning, along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Host Alisyn Camerota tried to keep the discussion focused and civil, but she soon found that to be an impossible job, as Davis insisted on arguing with facts and talking over Reed every time he tried to speak.
Davis, who like Trump must have been too busy to notice things during the Jim Crow era, agrees with his idol that things are just terrible for the black community right now. And who does he blame for that? President Obama and liberals, of course. But Camerota calls him on the lie, and offers a few facts.
Pastor Davis starts with the lie that “poverty is at an all time high under this administration.” Camerota quickly challenges him. “The poverty rate has actually dropped,” she says.
In respect of blacks, the people we’re speaking about right now, the poverty rate has increased underneath the OBama administration.
Camerota is right — the poverty rate for black citizens has declined under Obama. But Davis backs Trump, so he’s not about to let facts get in his way. He goes on at some length, spouting one lie after another about the plight of black Americans. When he has apparently heard enough, Reed mutters “This is amazing.”
Reed says Trump is lying and he politely calls the pastor “misinformed.” Then he proceeds to recite statistics challenging what Davis had said. Onscreen graphics back up what Reed is saying, but Davis cuts in to tell him he is incorrect. That causes the conversation to momentarily devolve into a playground argument, as the men exchange charges of “you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Camerota gets things under control again, and points out to Davis that the on-screen graphic contains information from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That starts another playground argument with Davis and Reed talking over each other again. When things calm down, Davis responds to the numbers by saying “things are worse for blacks.”
“Nobody is disputing that it’s worse for blacks,” Camerota says. “It’s whether or not it’s the worst ever.”
That’s when Davis throws out a head scratcher. “That’s a euphemism,” he says. Euphemism? Maybe he meant to say the “worst ever” claim is hyperbole, but it’s hard to tell, as he repeats himself using “euphemism” again.
Once again Reed answers Davis with facts and figures, which Davis just can’t seem to comprehend. “It’s the same old speech coming out of the left,” he mutters. Camerota displays more statistics, showing that black Americans are doing better in terms of education as well. But Davis just doesn’t care. Just like almost every conservative, what he thinks he knows is paramount, and he can’t be bothered with anything that challenges what he believes. Unable to produce a coherent defense of Trump’s claim that black Americans are worse off than ever, Davis pivots, saying any progress under Obama has been “too little, too late.”
Camerota goes back to Reed, who again cites statistics to prove that Davis and Trump are wrong about the situation of African-Americans. Davis listens for a moment, then jumps in again. When the third playground argument erupts, Camerota has heard enough, and ends the segment.
Davis’s attitude is vintage conservatism. To hell with facts, to hell with numbers, what I’m saying is TRUE. That’s the attitude that Trump and his surrogates have all brought to the campaign, and have managed to sell almost half of the electorate on it. It’s just another version of the old “What are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?”
Here’s the video, via CNN:
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