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Black Pastors Who Met With Trump Facing Backlash

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.

Milwaukee Bishop Darrell Hines and Birmingham, Alabama Pastor Van Moody are among those facing attacks for merely sitting down with Trump.

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.

Intensity of Black Support for Obama Plummets

The passion of African-American support for President Obama is falling, posing a major new threat to his prospects for reelection.

According to a new ABC/Washington Post poll, the number of blacks who have “strongly favorable” views of Obama has dropped off a cliff, declining from 83 percent five months ago to 58 percent today.

That blacks will support Obama in the end is unquestionable. Eighty six percent still view him at least somewhat favorably.

But the Obama campaign desperately needs to bring core constituencies like African Americans to the polls in high numbers, and flagging enthusiasm will make the task more difficult and expensive.

What’s more, key swing states like Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and many others have large black populations.

Black leaders have been increasingly critical of President Obama for failing to stem the high and rising black unemployment rate. And Obama’s failure to weigh in on or try to prevent the execution yesterday of Troy Davis in Georgia – a black man whom some believe was may have been innocent and a victim of racism in the justice system – may hurt him as well.

Black Leader Says Tea Party Wants to Revive Lynching

updated at 4:52 pm ET

Oh no. This doesn’t sound civil at all!

It looks like a top member of the Congressional Black Caucus – the group’s chief vote counter, no less – has declared that Tea Party members actually in their heart of hearts want to start lynching African Americans.

Let’s take a listen to what Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.), the nation’s second Muslim member of Congress, had to say.

A little presumptuous of the man, don’t you think?

What’s more, he’s not backing away from the comments. In an email to POLITICO, Carson’s spokesman instead suggested that destroying the lives of minorities is Tea Party policy:

The Tea Party is protecting its millionaire and oil company friends while gutting critical services that they know protect the livelihood of African-Americans, as well as Latinos and other disadvantaged minorities . . . We are talking about child nutrition, job creation, job training, housing assistance, and Head Start, and that is just the beginning. A child without basic nutrition, secure housing, and quality education has no real chance at a meaningful and productive life.

Carson was an early supporter of President Obama, the first member of the Indiana congressional delegation to back him.

As the nation’s first black president and as the self-appointed spokesman for political civility – when he’s not practicing incivility himself, calling Republicans enemies of Hispanics or saying Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget is un-American – Obama needs to smack this schmuck down proactively, not in response to some reporter’s question.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney should kick off his daily briefing this afternoon with a clear declaration that this is unacceptable.

Of course, this would not be the easy thing to do. Black leaders are increasingly vocal in their frustration with Obama, feeling he has done too little to create jobs for minorities and that he is ignoring their agenda. From a separate POLITICO article:

Prominent black leaders — fearing Obama is not only taking them for granted but avoiding them in public — have turned up the heat on the nation’s first African-American president, transforming all-in-the-family concerns into open criticism of the president . . .

The leaders are tired, they say, of Obama dog-whistling his support for a broad black agenda rather than explicitly embracing the kind of war on racism, poverty and economic segregation embodied by King.

And the president desperately needs to not piss off his African American base. Of course, he’ll get almost all of the black vote. But to win key states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida – you name it – he needs to get that number as close to 100 percent as possible.

So let’s see what the White House says. I’ll update.

UPDATE: No statements from Carney, and no questions on this from the MSM.

Today’s Obama Poll || Black, Hispanic Support Falls

President Obama’s approval ratings among his core constituencies of blacks and Hispanics has suddenly declined, according to Gallup, but it’s unclear why this has happened.

Though majorities of blacks (85%) and Hispanics (54%) continue to approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, his ratings among these groups slipped in March and have set or tied new lows. His approval rating among whites, at 39%, remains above where it was in the latter part of 2010.

Obama, elected to office with strong support from minority voters, has averaged better than 90% approval among blacks, and 65% among Hispanics, during his term.

Of course, the danger for the president is not that he’s going to lose either of these groups – certainly not African Americans – but that they won’t get to the polls for him in the numbers he needs to overcome his unpopularity among others.

This explains Obama’s trip last night to kiss the ring of huckster Al Sharpton – speaking in New York City before the Rev’s National Action Network. Or perhaps Obama showed up to collect the $1 million in back taxes owed by the NAN or the separate $1 million owed by Sharpton himself.

H/T to Andrew Malcolm’s Top of the Ticket, where I first noticed the poll.

Here’s a Gallup rundown of Obama’s approval ratings among various groups “based on aggregated data from Gallup Daily tracking in March, including more than 15,000 interviews with U.S. adults.”

Obama: Republicans Hope Blacks Don’t Vote

President Barack Obama Sunday accused Republicans of wishing for black voters to stay at home this November, inserting a new racial element into his growing catalog of GOP political sins.

Obama was speaking at a rally in a largely African American section of Philadelphia, an event staged as part of a coordinated White House strategy to get a disaffected Democratic base to the polls and avert a GOP takeover of Congress. Toward the end of his remarks, Obama offered the following analysis of Republican political calculations.

See, what the other side is counting on, what they’re counting on is you’re going to stay home.  They’re counting on your silence.  They’re counting on your amnesia.  They’re counting on your apathy.  They’re counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home and middle-class families staying home.

Obama offered no evidence that Republicans want blacks not to vote, presumably basing the accusation on the fact that African Americans generally overwhelmingly support Democrats.

The charge was among several harsh characterizations Obama made about Republican sentiments and intentions.

Obama said Republicans “knew” economic hard times would last through November 2010, and so they plotted in 2008 to oppose efforts to help the economy in order to capitalize on the resulting voter discontent.

They knew it would take more than two years to climb out of this recession.  They knew that by the time of this election, people would still be out of work.  They knew people would still be frustrated.  And so what they figured was, if we just sat on the sidelines, if Republicans just opposed everything we said we could do, if they rejected every compromise we offered, if they spent all their time attacking Democrats instead of attacking problems, they figured they might be able to do well in the polls.

Obama asserted that Republicans intentionally poisoned the political climate in Washington in order to cause Democratic voters to tune out from the political process and not vote.

They’re counting on the fact that they made the argument so ugly in Washington that you just completely turned off and you’re not going to vote for anybody.  And if that happens, they win.

And he suggested that big corporations were crafting the Republican campaign message, outlined in the “Pledge to America” the GOP released earlier this month.

Let me tell you, for starters, it turns out that the pledge was actually written in part by a former lobbyist for AIG and Exxon Mobil.  That should tell you something right there.  You can’t make that stuff up.

Vice President Biden also briefly addressed the crowd, charging Republicans with presiding over “eight years of unregulated greed and skyrocketing deficits.”