For decades the Democrats have had a virtual monopoly on minority support, particularly African-Americans, culminating in 2008 when Barack Obama received a staggering 95% of the black vote.
This year, however, Donald Trump is making a strong case to minorities and urban residents, claiming that after years of Democratic party governance they have found themselves no better off than they were before Obama became president. In many cases, their communities are actually worse off than they were before 2008.
Barack Obama, being the first black president in our country’s history, successfully rallied African-Americans behind his party, promising “hope and change” for their communities. After nearly 8 years, Obama delivered on the “change” part of his pledge, although not always for the better.
That’s where Donald Trump presents a different vision for America. Speaking directly to hard hit communities wrought by crime, drugs and a failed job market, he has made the case that after decades of following the Democrat’s lead and being let down, what do they have to lose?
So far, black voters have not shown Hillary Clinton anywhere near the level of enthusiasm that they gave to Obama. So much so, that the Clinton campaign is said to be in “panic mode” over their lack of support in the black community.
Perry Benjamin is one such African-American voter who has refused to follow the status quo, and is choosing a different path this election year. Benjamin is an active member of his community, a registered Republican and a Donald Trump supporter.
Benjamin recently uploaded a video to his Facebook page making a case to fellow African-Americans to voters that he has chosen a path that may not be popular, but is the right choice to make for his country and his community.
“I’ve been called an Uncle Tom, I’ve been called a traitor, I’ve been called a sellout,” Benjamin said. “What strikes me the most, though, is that people that are calling me these things look like me. So, I think that it’s important that before we go out and vote for an elected official, us within the African American community need to vote for each other.”
“And that vote will echo and transcend not just how we live in our communities, but how that translates into the political, social and economic leverage that we do not have as a community.”
No doubt Benjamin has been getting push back from his community for not only choosing the Republican party, but also choosing to vote for Donald Trump. He states, “All of us are working towards the same goal, and that’s to make our communities better for everyone.” His says that because he has chosen a different path than the norm, a different political party than the norm, he will always be criticized.
Unfortunately, it appears it’s very socially dangerous to be a Donald Trump supporter this year, especially if you’re a minority, but that hasn’t stopped people like Perry Benjamin from trying to bring his community together to choose a different political path this year.
The control that the Democratic party has had over minority voters is beginning to crack. Donald Trump has not been afraid to challenge the status quo and belief that the Democrats are the only party that really cares for minorities. He has begun to chip away at Hillary’s already lukewarm support within the African-American communities, and is currently trending at 17% support among African-Americans according to the LA Times/Dornslife national poll. Clinton is at 74% support in the same poll, over 20 points lower than where Obama ended up during his election years, and could translate into an electoral disaster for the Democrats.
If Trump can maintain this level of support with minorities, and achieve 15-20% of the black vote this year, he will be enjoying a historic victory on November 8th.
His full video can be viewed here.