The awful thing that Trump said that nobody noticed
Will Bunch has a good column at Philly.com. From the column:
. . . I noticed this on one of my typically exciting Friday nights at home when the most entertaining thing on the tube was yet another Trump victory rally, this time in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The future 45th president was rambling, as he is prone to do, and abruptly started talking about the role that black voters played in the election. I heard Donald Trump say something that was so outrageous that not much later I was loading and re-loading Google, searching for a news article or a transcript to confirmed that I’d actually heard what I’d heard.
“The African-American community was great to us,” Trump told his crowd Friday night. “They came through, big league. Big league. And frankly if they had any doubt, they didn’t vote, and that was almost as good because a lot of people didn’t show up, because they felt good about me.”
That’s right — the next president of the United States, and the future guardian of our democratic norms, praising citizens who didn’t exercise their right to vote because it helped him politically. That’s appalling, but it’s also something that Trump, still a political neophyte even after winning politics’ biggest prize, does a lot. He blurted out a basic truth of modern 21st Century elections — that Republicans win when they find ways to keep anyone who’s not part of their heavily white and older voting base away from the ballot box. It’s just that no other GOP stalwart would ever say this out loud. . .