On CBS’s Face the Nation, Democrat political analyst Jamal Simmons, expressed his concern with support for the president from black Americans.
“I’m gonna send this flag up to the Democratic Party — people need to understand this. We talked to Terrance Woodbury, who’s a young African American pollster. He has been saying for months that he thinks President Trump has been going very hard at African American men, particularly young African American men.”
Simmons cited Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as well as funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) as possible reasons for increasing support for the president from the black community.
“I think they’re not gonna let up,” he continued. “He doesn’t have to win, he just has to tick it up a couple points in some key places to have it count. And Democrats need to have a candidate who really has a strategy about how to deal with that.”On Saturday, CNN’s Van Jones joined S.E. Cupp’s show, Unfiltered, where he claimed Democrats have taken the black vote “for granted.”
“Our party is ‘We’ll spend a billion dollars on an election and 97% of the campaign dollars go to white male-owned firms.’ So you know, again, what is it that we’re getting out of this relationship? I think that it can strengthen the African-American community overall having the competition between the two parties. For a long time, the black vote was taken for granted by Democrats and written off by Republicans. That’s not happening this year.”
“I would accuse my party at this point of having engaged in three years of fantasy football politics where we said, ‘OK, don’t worry. Trump is never going to be seated because the Electoral College won’t seat him.’ Remember that?” Jones continued.
"Democrats have as our core vote the African American vote. That's the cornerstone of our party and in some ways there's a feeling that maybe we've taken that vote for granted for too long." @VanJones68 tells @secupp why Dems can't dismiss Trump's attempt to court black voters. pic.twitter.com/QaBXCtEl0i
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) February 9, 2020
Last Tuesday, Jones reacted to the President’s State of the Union address, claiming it was a wake up call for Democrats regarding the black vote.
“The thing about it is, and we’ve got to wake up, folks, there’s a whole bubble thing that goes on, he said s-hole nations, therefore all black people are going to hate him forever. That ain’t necessarily so. I think what you’re going to see him do, you may not like my rhetoric, but look at my results and my record to black people, if he narrow casts that, it’s going to be effective.”
He continued, “Which means, as we move through this primary process, we’ve got to pay a lot more attention both to what’s going on with the Latino vote. Are we going to get a benefit in terms of having them respond and with the black vote. It it going to be a split off, especially for black male voters? We’ve got to be clinical about this stuff. We get so emotional about it. That was a warning to us. That was a warning shot across the bow to us Democrats that he’s going after enough black votes to cause us problems. It’s not just suburban votes, he’s going after black votes.As Bongino.com recently reported, support for President Trump in the black community has doubled since last year, according to a Rasmussen poll.
The January survey found black support for the president as high as 42 percent overall among black likely voters–with 29 percent strongly approving. One year prior, Trump’s approval among black voters sat at 21 percent.
The New York Post also pointed out that Trump’s support from the black community has increased significantly since a 2017 Quinnipiac poll found only 2 % of support for him:
New data from Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll found Trump’s job approval rating now at 22% with Zogby Analytics finding the same. The numbers are up considerably since a Quinnipiac poll found only 2% of black votersapproved of Trump’s job performance in 2017.