So Candidate Trump went to a Black church last week

unspecified1He donned a prayer shawl that was given to him by the Detroit pastor of the church he visited, Great Faith Ministries, and said he was there to learn.

And he spoke (here’s his full speech). Of course, he spoke. Trump has struggled to gain traction in the African American community, and I’m not sure this speech will move the needle much. He spoke of the African American’s historic place as the Magic Negroes, uh, I mean, the moral core of the nation. He praised the pastor(s) and got a big applause. He reminded the congregation that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican (he said that most people don’t realize that, but I kind of think most people do).

Will his visit turn into votes in November? Probably not.

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One response to “So Candidate Trump went to a Black church last week

  1. I always laugh when I hear Republicans invoke Lincoln to Black folk. Like the GOP bears any resemblance today to Lincoln Era Republicans.

    And while most people might be aware Lincoln was a Republican, few, including Frankentrump, are aware that Uncle Abe was a man of his times:

    I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the black races. There is a physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forbid their ever living together upon the footing of perfect equality; and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary, but I hold that, notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence,—the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. I agree with judge Douglas, he is not my equal in many respects,—certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowments. But in the right to eat the bread, without leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal, and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man.

    speech at Columbus, Ohio September 16, 1859

    Most folks might also be unaware that Lincoln did not campaign on emancipation. (As the Columbus speech clearly illustrates.) If he had, he probably would have lost the election.

    Most folks might also be unaware that The Emancipation Proclamation was not a moral act. It was purely political…tactical. It was not universal in scope, limited to only those States that were in rebellion. And that the Proclamation was issued after the Civil War began.

    The Party of Lincoln isn’t. Hasn’t been since, at least, Goldwater and Nixon. (The Southern Strategy 1964-68.) Or even 1948. (Dixiecrat secession.) Some put it back as far as The New Deal.

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