Donald Trump Is Our Great White Father

“Look at my African-American!”

Donald Trump wants the Black vote.   Okay, that’s not true.  He doesn’t want the Black vote, but he has to say he wants the Black vote despite doing nothing to get it.

“What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose? I will produce. I will produce the inner cities and I will produce for the African Americans. And the Democrats will not produce. All they’ve done is taken advantage of your vote. … If you keep voting for the same people, you’ll get exactly the same result.”

This is like a bear telling you its better if you let him eat you instead of being devoured by piranhas because it’ll go quicker.   Trump next made a bold prediction what happens if he wins and runs for reelection in 2020.

I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce.”

Let’s unpack that last part first. Donald Trump will NEVER get over 95 percent of the Black vote. Right now, he’s struggling to get to five percent. Hillary Clinton is killing Trump so bad with Black voters that he’s drawing historically low numbers. How low can Trump go? Lower than the percentage of votes Barry Goldwater and George Wallace got from Blacks.

Ouch.

Secondly, Donald Trump is not going to Black voters seeking their support. His “what the hell have you got to lose?” remarks were made in Dimondale, Michigan, a city that is less than 1 percent Black. Trump has declined invitations to speak to the NAACP convention in Cincinnati and the joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists in Washington.

Having a great relationship with The Blacks. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Having a great relationship with The Blacks.
(Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Trump didn’t even send his national director of African-America outreach, Omarosa Manigault to pinch hit for him.     Actually there is no African-American outreach by Trump and there never was.  It’s an outreach to White Americans in hopes of convincing them they aren’t voting for an insane racist (hint: they are) .

This is obvious to Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who told The Wall Street Journal he has passed along requests from historically black colleges for Mr. Trump to speak….“You don’t go to a white community to talk about black folks. Hello, it doesn’t make sense.”

Actually, it makes a lot of sense if the audience you’re trying to reach with your open invitation isn’t the one you’re really interested in.

This is obvious to Jamelle Boulle of Slate.

Trump needs to do something, and nonwhite voters are already too far gone for the real estate mogul to make up lost ground. (Trump is on pace to lose black voters by the largest margin in modern American history, surpassing even Barry Goldwater’s catastrophic performance in the 1964 presidential election.) Enter Kellyanne Conway, part of the latest round of political operatives to hitch their fate to Trump’s aspirations. Last week, Conway—who backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries—supplanted Paul Manafort as manager for the Trump campaign. And in short order, she has worked to tame the worst of Trump’s behavior.

The goal is straightforward: If Trump seems more normal and less erratic, then he could begin to win those white college-educated voters who are critical to victory in states like Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. For Team Trump, it’s a simple equation. If those voters are turned off by his racist rhetoric, then he could address their fears by loudly reaching out to black voters. It’s an old strategy, meant to assure a critical set of Republican-leaning voters that they aren’t backing a bigot.

Conway herself gave away the game in a Sunday interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I live in a white community. I’m white. I was very moved by his comment,” said Conway, when asked about the all-white venue for Trump’s comments and the extent to which they sustain the idea that most black Americans live in poverty. Likewise, on Monday, Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer pointed to Trump’s belated adherence to anti-discrimination laws as evidence of black outreach, something that wouldn’t win a single black voter to Trump’s side, but might assuage some white ones.

The Great White Father of the unwashed Black masses is continuing his soul serenade as he speaks to overwhelmingly White audiences about the Negro Problem.

Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen. You can go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities. They’re run by the Democrats.”

Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living. We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”

He’s absolutely right. When I took the trash out, I had to duck and cover to avoid a couple of drug dealers shooting it out in the alley and on my way to work, I sped past a drive-by and a gang rape.

Trump paints a dire picture of what life is like for Black people, and he’s showing off his Art of the Unreal to enthusiastic audiences of Whites who eat up all this doom and gloom of violence, dysfunction, addition, poverty, unemployment and rampant crime. That’s not how most Black people live, but when the only Black folks you know are Omarosa, that’s the way Trump sees how they live.

Some Black Votes Don’t Matter.

What that means is obvious to New York Times columnist, Charles Blow.

“Donald Trump is a bigot, there’s no other way to get around it. Anybody who accepts that, supports it. Anybody supports it is promoting it and that makes you a part of the bigotry itself. You have to decide whether or not you want to be part of the bigotry that is Donald Trump. You have to decide whether you want to be part of the sexism and misogyny that is Donald Trump.”

And there you have it. Donald Trump isn’t appealing to Black voters. He doesn’t even talk to them and he knows he’s not getting their votes. When they aren’t being constantly shot at, Black voters know Trump’s history and they aren’t going to be suckered in by his sweet words that Daddy will make it all right.

Trump’s latest “pivot” (or is it “flailing?”), that all Black Americans are living in a dystopian war zone only HE can save them from is an insult to every sentient, conscious Black American and should be considered an insult by every sentient, conscious White American.

Trump is treading a familiar road. It’s a road where all the criminals are Black like George H.W. Bush’s Willie Horton and everyone on welfare and food stamps are Black like Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queens” and Blacks are a problem to be solved instead of citizens to be involved.

Playing upon stereotypes and racial fear and resentment is an old tactic, but a very successful one. Lee Atwater would smile with pride.

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Livin’ Large with Magic Mike Steele.

It's only funny because it's true.

Don’t tell me Magic Mike Steele, the Wonder Negro of the Republican Party,  who said he’d entice Black folks into the Republican Party with “fried chicken and potato salad” is up to some wacky Negro nuttiness and foolishnes again?   Oh, that crazy Magic Mike!

What did that rascal go and do now?

Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s local crew to cater the RNC’s Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.

For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer.

“Michael Steele is an imperial chairman,” said one longtime Republican fundraiser. “He flies in private aircraft. He drives in private cars. He has private consultants that are paid ridiculous retainers. He fancies himself a presidential candidate and wants all of the trappings and gets them by using other people’s money.”

"Fo' shizzle my nizzles."

How soon will it be until  Tyler Perry  creates a new comedy show for TNT called I’s Be De Boss starring J.J. “Dyn-o-mite” Walker as Steele?

What’s the big deal if  Magic Mike likes to live large and enjoys the bling-bling?  It’s hard out there for a pimp. Word!

The Neutering of Michael Steele (to be continued…)

H.N.I.C.

“I’m very introspective about things. I’m a cause-and-effect kind of guy. So if I do something, there’s a reason for it… It may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there is a logic behind it. I want to see what the landscape looks like. I want to see who yells the loudest. I want to know who says they’re with me but really isn’t.”

~ Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele

Michael Steele loves the sound of his own voice.  Since taking over as chairman of the Republican National Committee, Steele has issued proclamations, postured for the cameras and proudly proclaimed himself as the leader of the Republican Party.

For what that’s worth.

Apparently, not too much.  A recent Gallup poll revealed most Republicans believe the “leader” of the party is Rush Limbaugh.

The question was put to national respondents, “Who do you think is the main person who speaks for the Republican Party today?”

Limbaugh grabbed 13% of the vote, followed by Dick Cheney (10%),  John McCain and Newt Gingrich tied (6%).

Steele came in at a whopping two percent along with fellow bottom feeders House Republican leader John “the Boner” Boehner and Williard “Mitt’ Romney.

That means the self-described leader of the Grand Old Party comes in far behind a corpulent, Oxycontin addicted talk show host,  an ex vice-president who misled the country into war against Iraq, a failed presidential candidate and a guy named after an aquatic salamander.

“Pass those chicken wings over here!”

Steele when given the news probably jumped up, broke into the Electric Slide screaming, “Sarah Palin didn’t even place.  Woo-hoo! Suck on that Sarah!”

If one of Steele’s stated goals is to make the Republican Party the supposed “big tent” that is open and inclusive of all races and creeds, now would be a good time for the erstwhile “leader” of the party to speak up and denounce the recent acts of bad taste and racism directed at President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Instead there’s only been stony silence.   Steele has said nothing about the recent rash of Republicans Behaving Racist against the Obamas.   Steele has spent his time whacking ABC for not accepting RNC ads during a planned news program broadcast on the president’s health care plans.

Douglas MacKinnon, the press secretary for former Senator Bob Dole wrote a column for the NY Daily News asking why the Republican “leaders” won’t stand up and confront the bigots in the party.

Two blatant and mind-numbing acts of racism by Republicans were just reported in the news — and unfortunately and unwisely, GOP “leadership” has chosen to remain silent. Why?

The first involved a former election commission chairman from South Carolina who, upon hearing a gorilla had escaped from the local zoo, posted on his Facebook site, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless.” The second involved the executive assistant to a Republican state senator in Tennessee who circulated a photo of all 44 presidents, with the picture of President Obama being an all black rectangle with two white eyes.

You would think, that as the complexion of America continues to change and as the GOP has discovered a desperate need to reach out to minorities, that at least some of those who purport to speak for the party might look upon these disreputable acts as a way to sincerely reach out to the black and minority communities. Sadly, that does not seem to be the case.

Even with the appointment of Michael Steele as the first black chairman of the Republican National Committee, the party is far from connecting with black and minority communities. Beyond that, some GOP leaders seem to be looking for every chance to undermine Steele’s efforts to create a more relevant and diverse party.

The recent racist flare ups could have been a turning point.

Regardless of whether they intend to run for the White House or not in 2012, the likes of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Romney and any other “leader” of the GOP, should step in front of a microphone immediately and offer a sincere and deserved apology to Michelle and Barack Obama on behalf of the GOP — and let them and minorities across America know that not only do vile people who make such jokes not speak for the party, but they are not welcome in the party.

Palin asked for an apology from David Letterman for a joke that she said was an attack on women everywhere. He delivered it. Given these recent brazen offenses toward blacks, the GOP could learn from Letterman’s contrition.

Speak up, GOP leaders — and recognize this as a chance to do and say the right thing. If not, your silence will be analyzed and ultimately interpreted. link

Meet the same Boss.  Same as the old Boss.

Meet the same Boss. Same as the old Boss.

If David Letterman can apologize multiple times for bad jokes about The Palins, Michael Steele, who normally never turns down a chance to run off at the  mouth, should apologize to the President and First Lady for Republican racism.

Maybe he would.   If the real bosses of the RNC (Rush, Newt, Cheney) would let him.

As Elton John said, it’s a sad, sad situation and it’s getting more and more absurd.

Michael “Bojangles” Steele gets served by Massa Rush.

This is a first for me.  I’m going to make a retraction.

A month ago, following his election as the chairman of the Republican National Committee, I sarcastically called former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele the “H.N.I.C. of the RNC.”

For those who may not know, “H.N.I.C.” stands for “Head Negro In Charge.”  Some people change “Negro” to another N-word, but I’m not quite that crass.  At least not today.

I shouldn’t have referred to Steele as a Head Negro In Charge and for that I’d like to apologize.

I should have called him The RNC’s House Negro.   Lawn Jockey. Hankerchief Head.  Maybe Michael “Bojangles” Steele.  Something classy like that.

Seems Steele was dumb enough to think because he was elected chairman of the RNC that he actually ran the Republican Party.  What a silly Negro!

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”

“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” link

“Steele thinks he’s in charge? What a silly Negro.”

Steele had appeared on CNN where he told comedian D.L. Hughley and rapper Chuck D, that he, not Limbaugh, was the de facto head of the Republican Party.

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took umbrage Saturday night when CNN’s D.L. Hughley referred to radio host Rush Limbaugh as “the de facto leader of the Republican party.”

“No he’s not. I’m the de facto leader of the Republican party,”
Steele said. The RNC chief went on to call Limbaugh, who that very day delivered the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a mere “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”
link

Steele’s lapse into being uppity drew the wrath of Rush.

“You know who needs a little leadership? Michael Steele and those at the RNC,” Limbaugh said, part of an unusual counter-attack against the elected head of the GOP.

“I hope the RNC chairman will realize he’s not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be working on the grassroots and rebuilding it and maybe doing something about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats don’t nominate our candidates,” Limbaugh said, his voice rising. “It’s time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking head media star, which you’re having a tough time pulling off.”

“I’m not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don’t want to be,” he said. “I would be embarrassed to say that I’m in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it’s in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it’s in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years.” link

…Andddddd with the message delivered loud and clear from the Mouth That Roared, Steele couldn’t punk out and start smooching Rush’s ample backside fast enough.

Who be de boss ub de Republicans Party?  Not ME, Massa Rush.

“Who be de boss ub de Republicans Party? Not ME, Massa Rush.”

“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not.”

“I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn for a fight between me and Rush Limbaugh,” Steele added. “No such thing is going to happen. … I wasn’t trying to slam him or anything.”

Tune in for tomorrow’s episode of Who’s the Boss? starring Rush Limbaugh as the Most High Lord of the Republican Party and Michael “Bojangles” Steele as the chastised man servant.

A HNIC for the RNC.

The Republican Anti-Obama or their own Magic Negro?

The Republican "Anti-Obama" or their own Magic Negro?

Usually, the only people who care who the chairman of the Republican National Committee are the members of the committee themselves and a handful of Washington insiders and political  junkies who have absolutely no life.

In an attempt to change their luck and complexion, Michael Steele, a Black conservative and the former Lt. Governor of Maryland, beat back arch-right winger J. Kenneth Blackwell and a  handful of total nobodies for the chance to pull the GOP out of the losing streak they’ve been stuck in since 2006.

What Steele brings to the table is a legacy of mediocrity. He should fit right in with the current Republican  brain trust.

…Steele’s a questionable choice. He hasn’t displayed a ton of political acumen — he’s won elected office only once, and he didn’t head that ticket. He lost the aforementioned Senate race, and, before that, couldn’t even win a GOP primary for state comptroller; he placed third, in fact. His tenure as head of the Maryland party wasn’t brilliant, either, and he repeatedly had trouble recruiting candidates. (In his defense, it’s not easy to be a Republican in the state.) Along the way, he’s made some serious missteps: He got in trouble in 2006 for making some unguarded remarks disparaging then-President Bush to a group of reporters. His name was supposed to be kept off the comments, but when it quickly became obvious who was responsible, Steele tried to lie his way out of the gaffe. Also in 2006, he attracted unwanted attention when, speaking before a Jewish group, he compared stem cell research to medical tests that the Nazis conducted on prisoners during the Holocaust. The GOP better hope this victory is a sign that he’s learned some hard lessons –he already has a tough fight ahead of him in trying to win over the party’s conservative wing, which doesn’t fully trust him because of his membership in the more moderate Republican Leadership Council.

And while Steele’s personal resume looks impressive from afar, it’s not nearly as pretty up close. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and then got a law degree from Georgetown University, true. That said, though, he initially flunked out of Hopkins, and while he did pass the bar in Pennsylvania, he failed it in Maryland. His record as a businessman wasn’t stellar, either. A consulting firm he founded never turned a profit, and was a serious drain on his finances. Shortly after he began his run for lieutenant governor, Steele ran into trouble because of a $25,000 loan his sister had given to his campaign for comptroller that he’d never paid back. Then, there were revelations of an additional $35,000 in personal debt, as well as more than $100,000 he’d taken out of two retirement accounts in order to support his family, leaving a balance of less than $600 at the time the news broke. He suffered further embarrassment over his finances when it was revealed that the Republican Party was paying him a consulting fee of $5,000 a month during his campaign for lieutenant governor. link

Congratulations Lt. Governor Steele. Mostly for sparing me the sorry sight of J. Kenneth Blackwell as the HNIC of the RNC. Now Kenny B. can go back to work that better suits his temperament. Something like mucking out the men’s room at McDonald’s after some homeless derelict with explosive diarrhea has used it.

Back to the mens room, Kenny B.

Back to the men's room, Kenny B.

What does Steele need to do to revive the GOP? Maybe find some candidates who have something more to offer than saying “I’m more like Ronald Reagan than you are. ”

Steele will have the difficult task of broadening the party’s base . Republicans do fine attracting White males.  They have that part down cold.  Don’t need to change a thing.

It’s appealing to everybody else where they flat out suck.

The problem is the nation is becoming more racially diverse, not less, and going beyond the Rush Limbaugh crowd is a job that isn’t going to happen simply by trying to jam up President Obama and whine, “More tax cuts, please.”
I wish Steele luck. If he thinks being the new HNIC of the Republicans means some state chairman in Alabama is suddenly going to fall in love with the concept of minority outreach, he’s high. Too many of the old bulls in the GOP believe as their boy Rush Limbaugh that “Blacks are only 12 percent of the population, so who the hell cares?” never noticing that 12 percent of the population coupled with a heaping helping of Latinos, Asians, Whites and others were all it too to put one member of that 12 percent into the Oval Office.

Republicans need a tranformative figure. They need their own version of Barack Obama and if they think Sarah Palin is their man, she’s going to have to polish up her act a lot by 2012 to make any noise beyond the base—and start winning elections again on a national level.

What will Steele have to do to reverse the fortunes of the Republican Party?
Stop being the rent boys of the religious Right, self-important right-wing talking heads and corporate America and think up some strategies that don’t revolve around starting wars, racial intolerance,  making the rich richer, or hoping for another terror attack.

Better yet,  Steele can just ask Rush Limbaugh.  The Republicans are gonna do whatever he tells them to anyway.