Tonight during the first 2016 presidential debate – Donald Trump continued to insult African-Americans. He did so via attempting to justify the infamous “stop and frisk” policy of the New York Police Department. The insult was that his assertion in their defense was because they were trying to get “bad people”. Since the majority of persons stopped during that period of time were African-Americans – he was insinuating that African-Americans are “bad people” who all had guns and were all criminals. Yet, the statistics show that a minimal amount of weapons were found – 1% out of 100% – and that figure included knives. His response to that issue was an insult. He then went on to deny that the policy was unconstitutional, and added insult to injury as he went on to disparage the judge by calling her an “against police” judge.
The other insult came when he said that African-Americans are “living in hell”. African-Americans would disagree with that description of their lives, no matter where they live. This clearly shows just how out of touch with the reality of the lives of the African-American people.
Then there was his inexplicable pride in having President Obama provide his birth certificate. This too, was an insult. Why would a birth certificate even be necessary? Trumps own parents were not born in America, while Obama’s mother and grandparents were born in America. Yet no one is crying out for Trump’s birth certificate. So the only conclusion is that Trump’s motive and purpose was to attempt to de-legitimize the presidency of the first African-American president.
Trump was defiant when asked by the moderator regarding his ‘birther‘ attacks against the President as follows:
Lester Holt : “What do you say to African-Americans …” Trump: “I say nothing.”
Apparently, he believes that African-American voters are also stupid as he attempted to blame Hillary Clinton for his ongoing attacks on President Obama’s birthplace. Not true. She did not do that – and there is the fact that he continued making those assertions until earlier this year, and did not admit he was wrong about his ‘birther lies’ until September, 2016! But, there are doubts that he believes he was wrong, and only said that for political reasons – hoping he would get some African-American votes.
Hopefully, Trump’s disrespectful remarks will come back and bite him on election night. And, even though he is surrounding himself with African-Americans such as Omarosa – his disrespect will not be ignored nor will it be forgotten. And clearly – his insults will be remembered by the majority of the African-American community on election night.