President Trump probably thought he was doing a good thing by meeting with black clergy a few days ago to talk about moving forward on prison and sentencing reform.
So much for that. These pastors had a lot of courage. Because they know first-hand what the left is like, and that when it comes to Trump, they will never take “yes” for an answer.
But Moody indicated that he walks with Christ, not with angry, politically correct leftists. He wrote:
As a Christian, my ultimate example is Jesus, and in the spirit of the popular bracelets from years ago I think we have to ask the question: “What would Jesus do?” This answer is simple. He would work to make a difference in the lives of people, regardless of who is in the White House. I pray that we do likewise.
I believe Trump has an opportunity to gain African American votes. I do not think he is a racist. I do think he genuinely wants to reach out to the black community, which is not something Republicans have been particularly good at.
It’s not just that conservative policies benefit blacks, which they do, and that liberal policies are ruinous to them. I think there is something about Trump that may appeal to African Americans. He is a fighter, and he is always under attack.
A population that was oppressed for so long and that today continues to experience racism – although a lot less of it than before – as well as economic and social pain, has to admire a fighter. If he continues to fight explicitly for African Americans through things like prison reform and demonstrating how his policies benefit them, he will gain black voters. Maybe lots of them.
Trump is anti-status quo. And the status quo is not good for black people.