It’s no secret that, besides finding him to be one of the most repulsive human beings on the planet, I think Donald Trump is totally and completely full of crap. As I’ve said before, all politicians lie, but they don’t lie like Trump does.
The typical lies politicians say usually involve one of three things:
- A slight twisting of the truth.
- Cherry picking information to push a narrative.
- Taking something out of context to basically fabricate a story.
It’s never good to lie, but it’s just the nature of politics. Many Americans really don’t want the truth, they want politicians who simply tell them what they want to hear.
However, when it comes to Trump, he doesn’t just lie — he literally makes things up.
One of the things that’s baffled me most about Trump’s popularity has been trying to grasp how gullible someone has to be to believe him. Then again, that goes back to people who really don’t want to hear the truth, they just want someone who goes out and tells them whatever they want to hear. That’s exactly what Trump does – even if almost nothing he says is actually true.
Well, on Friday, Trump said the most ridiculous thing he’s said during his entire campaign when he declared — with a straight face — that he would win 95 percent of the African-American vote:
And at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote, I promise you,
Yes, that’s a man who’s currently polling at one percent with African-American voters declaring that, after his first term, he would be re-elected with 95 percent of the African-American vote.
To put that into perspective, in 2008, President Obama (our nation’s first African-American president) won 95 percent of the African-American vote. In 2012, President Obama won 93 percent of the African-American vote.
In other words, on Friday, Donald Trump declared that, after his first term as president, he would do just as well with African-American voters as our nation’s first African-American president.
There’s a difference between a salesman selling something, someone using hyperbole and someone who’s delusional to the point of being insane. Well, you have to be certifiably crazy to legitimately believe that Trump would ever receive 95 percent of the African-American vote. If he broke 10 percent that would be astonishing.
To put all of this into perspective just based upon parties, I looked through the Roper Center’s breakdown of voting demographics dating back to the 1980 election. Here are the results:
- 1980 Reagan: 14%
- 1984 Reagan: 9%
- 1988 Bush: 11%
- 1992 Bush: 10%
- 1996 Dole: 12%
- 2000 Bush: 9%
- 2004 Bush: 11%
Just for fun: If you add all that up, you get 76 percent.
Which means, if you add up every single Republican presidential candidate for the last 36 years you don’t even get 95 percent. Not only that, the best a Republican has done with African-Americans has been 14 percent.
And it’s not as if Trump said it in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way — he was dead serious.
But the fact that he would say this at all, let alone be dead serious about it, proves how full of crap his entire campaign is. This is what he’s done time after time after time. He goes on stage, gives a speech and says something completely outrageous that he knows is not remotely factual or realistic. And as ridiculous as his comment about winning 95 percent of the African-American vote in four years was, he delivered it with the same serious look and conviction as he has with many of his other absurd campaign promises.
That should be a huge red flag for anyone who supports him. If he can say something so completely and totally preposterous as to “promise” – with the same convictions as he’s promised to do every other bold campaign promise he’s made – that he’ll win 95 percent of the African-American vote after his first term, then how the hell can they believe anything he’s said?
The answer to that is simple: They shouldn’t.