Republican candidates cannot get the Black vote. Virtually all of it goes to Democrats. We all know that, don’t we?
Uh…maybe not any more.
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump shook things up by pointing to the horrible, never-changing conditions in one-party Democrat-ruled inner cities, and told Black voters to consider him because “what the hell do you have to lose”?
The resultant increase in Black support, though slight, may well have been the difference in closely contested states like Michigan and Florida… which means it may have been the difference between winning and losing the election.
Now, building on that modest but important beginning, Mr. Trump Is accumulating high profile Black support from, to say the least, unexpected sources.
Would anyone in his or her right mind have thought Kanye West would turn into a Trump supporter? Or Dennis Rodman? Or just-released drug dealer Alice Johnson?
Individually, these supporters may not mean a thing. But, as they accumulate, they may cause some Black voters to consider their options, instead of reflexively pulling the “D” lever.
The fact that high-profile Black personalities, regardless of why they are high-profile, openly support Trump, in effect. gives rank and file Black voters “permission” to do the same. They know they are not alone.
And if Donald Trump can convince any appreciable segment of the Black vote to seriously consider voting for Republican candidates, it will change the structure of American politics.
That is the Democrats’ worst nightmare of all.