Move over, Mitt Romney! There’s a new awkward dork in town.
Just check out Donald Trump’s dance moves and tell me this doesn’t scream “Get me outta here! I don’t know what I’m supposed to do!”
— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) September 3, 2016
His stiff-armed sway, his weird offbeat clapping, that uncomfortable look on his face is a desperate cry for help. If there are two types of people Donald Trump is at his worst around, it’s black folks and religious folks. Now he has both in the same room. When he took the podium to speak, his tone of voice sounded like he was doing a bad Ben Carson impersonation and he unconvincingly read from the Bible. These simply aren’t people Trump feels comfortable around and it shows.
This visit to an African-American church in Detroit was supposed to be part of Trump’s recent outreach to the black community, but it didn’t go so well. This is his first speech to a majority black crowd, rather than his rallies which typically are primarily made up of white people. The church was mainly empty and hundreds of protesters gathered outside. In the past, he has opted out of speaking events to black groups such as the NAACP — now his outreach in the ninth hour of his campaign looks desperate and fake.
As the election is winding down, Trump’s poll numbers have slipped and it’s apparent he needs to broaden his outreach to more than just “poorly educated” white males. In the last few weeks, Trump has made pathetic attempts to rally black voters to his side, optimistically saying he would probably get 95 percent of the black vote (which is on average the percentage Democrats typically receive).
While addressing crowds of white voters, Trump has tried to make his case with black voters, saying:
You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed.”
“What do you have to lose?”
Black voters largely took offense to Trump’s comments, saying the message they took from his plea was “You’re all just crap.” Trump further embarrassed himself by tweeting about the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, which sounded self-congratulatory and was widely criticized for politicizing the death of a young mother.
Trump also has not introduced real policies that speak directly to the black community, nor does he seem to understand the problems of systemic racism in our country or the intricate problems some black communities face. He has not promised to hold police accountable for questionable murders of black Americans. Nor has he promised to upend voter restrictions that overwhelmingly affect black voters. All he’s promised to do is bring back jobs to the community by shipping another minority — Latinos — out and to crack down on black on black crime by being the “law and order” president.
Trump’s dancing is a perfect analogy to his black outreach: It’s awkward, it’s offbeat, and he’s not sure what he’s doing.
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