Some things are too true for even Fox News to deny.
“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade, usually a devoted apologist for Trump, actually called him out for failing to deliver anything but empty words to black Americans.
In advance of Trump’s bizarre call-in interview Thursday morning, the Fox friends were crowing about Kanye West’s support for Trump when Kilmeade observed that Republicans have failed to reach out to black voters at all.
“The Republicans don’t try,” Kilmeade said. “They say ‘We’re not going to do that’ or ‘That’s an urban community, we’re going to lose that city or we’re going to lose that county,’ and I never understood why they feel that way. Go in there and find out what the African-American voter needs. Find out what their concerns are.”
Co-host Steve Doocy then tried to paint Trump as an exception. As a candidate, Doocy said, Trump “was very interested in that demographic, and talked about how they had been so poorly served in the past.”
“The president should serve them,” Kilmeade said. “Offer those programs out there, because he promised to do it. The unemployment numbers are down. They are trending the right way. Let’s see the programs and then it will be game on on Election Day.”
Kilmeade doesn’t seem to be making a just or moral argument for serving black voters, but rather, a political one. However, the admission itself is quite telling.
Trump did indeed make an insulting play for African-American votes during the 2016 presidential election by asking them during his rallies, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
But that ploy was belied by Trump’s constant and overt racism, which only escalated after he assumed office.
He praised white supremacists as “very fine people” and defended “beautiful” Confederate monuments. He referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” He has encouraged police brutality and launched dozens of attacks on prominent black Americans.
In short, Trump has proved the emptiness of that “outreach.”
And as Kilmeade pointed out, Trump has no policy accomplishments to earn him black votes — only an unemployment trend that began under President Obama.
The overwhelming majority of black voters continue to resist Trump where it counts, at the ballot box. No amount of support from Kanye West is about to change that.