Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump is increasingly highlighting his pitch to African-American voters as the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up, trying to sway a key portion of the electorate in his favor despite a history of divisive rhetoric on race.
Trump’s effort was on prime-time display last week, with his campaign’s unveiling of a new Super Bowl advertisement on criminal justice reform followed by a State of the Union address and speech in Charlotte, N.C., peppered with appeals to black voters.
Trump isn’t going to win more of the black vote than his Democratic opponent, but Republican strategists say a targeting strategy that peels away even a few percentage points could have a meaningful impact for the president’s reelection.
“No one expects that Trump is going to win the African-American vote,” said Republican strategist Doug Heye. But he noted that if Trump increased his vote total among the African Americans by two or three percentage points it could make the election “harder for Democrats.”
The Trump campaign has built a grassroots operation to focus on a group of seven to nine states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where officials believe they can make inroads with black voters, said Ken Blackwell, a Trump campaign adviser.
“The goal is to use microtargeting for what we consider to be opportunity voters for Trump in the black communities across the nation. We know which demographic groups are challenges, we know which demographic groups are real opportunities,” said Blackwell, a member of the “Black Voices for Trump” coalition. “We believe that we can get anywhere from 12 to 18 percent in 2020.”
It is almost impossible to believe that any black folks would support the campaign of a guy who came to national prominence by claiming that the first black president was illegitimate.
But I think we know that there are foolish people of every type in this counry.
Still I would think that the number willing to trust this orange tinted idiot is quite mnimal, and I do not think it will be enough to give him much of a boost in 2020.
To my mind this whole campaign reeks of desperation.