Daily Show Stunt Shows Black Community Divide

Daily Show Stunt Shows Black Community Divide

Daily Show Stunt Shows Black Community Divide

The Daily Show, of Comedy Central, is supposed to be a comedy news show, not a news show that is occasionally funny. But it just accidentally dropped a hard reality on a viewing audience that may not have realized that there are definite fractures in the Democrat base of black voters.

Whether you have realized it or not, Donald Trump has made an impression on the black community. There’s a reason the president keeps emphazising low black unemployment. While it was weird to see Kim Kardashian in the White House talking about prison reform, it’s made an impact in the black community. So, while the Democrats have been pandering like the wind to the electorate, the black community hasn’t been buying what’s being sold. Even Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have less support in the black community than Joe Biden (who is clinging on to Barack Obama’s pant leg like a toddler asking for a ride).

The Daily Show decided to ask a small panel of black voters what was going on. The result was that the black community is not sounding like a voting monolith in 2020.

“Which candidate do you think best understands the needs of the black voter?” (Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr.) asked.”

One voter said Sen. Elizabeth Warren and two said Sen. Bernie Sanders, before the host got to “Chris” who said Donald Trump.”

After laughter and one co-panelist saying “huh?”, Wood Jr. asked him to explain.”

“Some of the stuff I’ve heard he’s already doing, like prison reform,” he replied. “He’s been hanging around black people as long as I can remember. They loved him until he ran for president as a Republican. Trump was the man.”

Others disagreed, but then later in the segment after discussing the other candidates, Wood Jr. asked how many still thought Trump will win in 2020. Four out of the six raised their hands.”

Uh-oh. This being the Daily Show, though, they had to get one last dig in at Trump, even as they acknowledged that there are real issues at play.

“And there’s a lesson for Democrats,” (Wood Jr.) said. “You can’t win the black vote by pandering because black people are as complex as any other voter base. If you want our trust, make promises you can keep, walk it like you talk it, and above all, keep the faith.”

He then said a “prayer” that Chris’s truck wouldn’t start on Election Day so he wouldn’t be able to case his vote for Trump.”

While the media routinely disparages black people who support Trump, the Daily Show segment holds a kernel of truth that is starting to sprout within the black community. And it’s not so much “support Trump”- though those voices obviously do exist – than it is “what are Democrats doing to earn my vote?” The black community has been solidly behind Democrat candidates for decades. The election of Obama was a seminal moment, but one that wasn’t replicated for Hillary Clinton in terms of vote support. This is why both Harris and Biden at the previous debate were busy referencing the “Obama coalition.” The problem is, not one of the candidates on stage has the charismatic qualities that made Barack Obama so electable. Harris carries a ton of baggage from her time as California’s attorney general, and it’s not going to disappear anytime soon. Booker would accept Biden’s offer to be his vice-president in a heartbeat, and he has never been in serious contention for the top tier.

If the Democrat candidates are weighed and found wanting by the black community, how is that Donald Trump’s fault? Banking on the “Obama coalition” when none of the current candidates have enough likeability to even come close to Obama is a foolish proposition. Imagine an America where Democrats had to earn the black vote with deeds and not just words. Donald Trump has put forward some deeds to be considered in 2020. And it’s obvious that black Americans have been paying attention, if it made it on the air of the Daily Show without being left on the cutting room floor.

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15 Comments
  • cirby says:

    If one out of three black voters don’t vote Democrat (as compared to the usual one out of ten), that’s a four percent crossover – which would turn a 50:50 race into a 46:54 wipeout.

  • This is bullshit. Trump and his father have a known history of racial discrimination in their properties, Trump racist attacks on the Central Park 5, among other things, make it clear there will be no great percentage of black people voting for Trump. This is just propaganda.

    • Andrew Lale says:

      Are you black, Gary? Or are you the plantation manager speaking on behalf of his blacks?

    • cirby says:

      Trump’s father did have some racist policies – which Trump himself overturned when he took over.

      The Donald has been winning all sorts of civil rights awards for the last few decades. Funny how people like you forgot about that so quickly.

      Or did you actually forget?

    • Tex Lovera says:

      Concern troll is concerned!

    • James says:

      Politics is all about what are you doing for me now? FDR got a significant portion of the Black vote back when the Democratic Party was still officially the racist party. He did this by coming through on jobs. Trump, or the economy, is coming through on jobs.

    • GWB says:

      Actually, Trump does not have a history of racial discrimination.
      And the “Central Park 5” most certainly was not a railroading. Only a racialist or someone wholly ignorant of the actual facts would think so.
      Of course it’s “propaganda” – if by “propaganda” you mean “information meant to sway opinions”. If, however, you mean false information meant to sway opinions” then you’d be wrong.

    • Maggie Larocque says:

      Wow! So much ignorance, so little critical thinking.

  • Scott says:

    Gary, put down the crack pipe…

    “The black community has been solidly behind Democrat candidates for decades”… I guess LBJ was right.. too bad that no-one remembers, and the republicans don’t play on a loop his comment about civil rights legislation and the black vote…

  • Rdm says:

    Obama didn’t get elected because he was likable. He got elected because of his skin color. You even had some ‘brave souls’ flat out admitting they voted for him so he could be ‘the first black president’. If you copied his portfolio and personality but made him a person of Pallor he probably wouldn’t even have been the democratic candidate, much less won the presidency.

    • GWB says:

      Yes and no.
      He had a “likable” component. Note they weren’t running Sharpton or Jackson (again), or any of numerous cantankerous racialists in Congress. If he didn’t have that component, I don’t think he would have passed the primary.
      But, yes, LOTS of people (some that I consider otherwise fairly intelligent) voted for him because he was [half] black. And electable.

  • alanstorm says:

    “You can’t win the black vote by pandering because black people are as complex as any other voter base…”

    The Democrats HAVE been doing just that…

    “If you want our trust, make promises you can keep, walk it like you talk it, and above all, keep the faith.”

    …but apparently it’s not working any more.

  • KilroyJC says:

    “He then said a “prayer” that Chris’s truck wouldn’t start on Election Day so he wouldn’t be able to case his vote for Trump.”

    So Wood is promoting suppression if black votes? Good to know.

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