Donald Trump Wins US Presidency: Shakes up the world, dismantles mainstream media predictions
By Doni Glover, Publisher
(BALTIMORE – November 9, 2016) – Just like the mainstream media predicted Catherine Pugh had a huge lead over Sheila in the Baltimore City Primary in April, the mainstream media also said the same of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the General Election; that Clinton was ahead. In a repudiation of both major parties, Donald J. Trump emerges as the 45th President of the United States of America. In Baltimore, Pugh comes out victorious in the mayoral battle – although Dixon’s actual numbers won’t be announced for days.
You may not want to pack your bags just yet. I’m predicting that this is a great time to invest in the US economy. Although world markets’ numbers are going down, the good news is that these numbers will only go up. I often allude to politics as a pendulum. Obama rode it to the left, and now, that force has returned to the right. Trump tapped into the white male core voter and effectively so. While it was unpopular for many Trump supporters to speak publicly for fear of reprisal, that obviously did not change the fact that Trump connected with them and solidified the vote enough to win the presidency.
While former Mayor Sheila Dixon apparently did not have enough in the tank to pull-off the write-in campaign despite a Democratic Party and local mainstream media that teamed-up against her, Trump did not only beat his fellow Republicans, he also beat both the Democrats and the media. He proved mainstream media pundits to be dead wrong about their predictions.
I think that there were forces at play in the national election, ignored by the mainstream media push for Clinton, that would ultimately strike a path for Trump’s victory. Maybe the mainstream media didn’t see it, but that doesn’t mean that these forces didn’t exist. I think the mainstream media often makes the mistake of thinking it really knows how black people and other minorities think based on sampling, for instance.
True: A lot of black people absorbed the media’s depiction of Trump and were repulsed as were many others. At the same time, there is also the black voter who is too politically astute to forget certain things, like those very unflattering things Mrs. Clinton said about Barack Obama in June 2008 or how she referred to black youth as “super predators.” A lot of black people consequently did not buy any of the speeches that Barack and Michelle Obama gave on behalf of Hillary Clinton for President.
One thing I am so very clear about is that mainstream media simply does not know black people. Even some of my favorite mainstream journalists lack a basic, street-level connection with the black community. I see and hear it all the time in news reports. From the coverage of the Freddie Day Uprising to the killing of Korryn Gaines in Randallstown, I have personally found in my 22 years of covering news that too often, doubt is cast on black people and our right to live where white people almost automatically get a pass – even when they are wrong. This is of that realm of institutional racism that is easy for many folks to see in white Republicans but not so easy to see in white Democrats. My thought is that if you are doing harm to my community, political party is irrelevant, i.e. the case of Martin O’Malley. He arrested one in six Baltimoreans in a zero-tolerance brand of policing that caused angst across the black community in Baltimore.
Let me say this: Trump was painted as a racist, and very well so. I get it.
But, what do you say about the State of Maryland that is 30% black and also 2-to-1 Democrat? Why is Baltimore City one of the hardest places on earth for a black man to survive. By the way, Baltimore is 9-to-1 Democrat. Yet, our schools are spiraling downwards, our black youth are heavily unemployed, and yet no major governmental effort exists to bring these young black men into the fold and help them to live constructive and productive lives.
And what many of us black folks do is blame the young black men for standing on the corner. Question is, though: Who is engaging these young black men? Who is showing them a better way? Better yet, we have a ton of black Democratic elected officials in Baltimore City yet this economic disparity persists in East and West Baltimore; the “other” Baltimore is the only one to get investment dollars. This causes many to wonder: What is the point of having all of these black political personalities if in fact life is not getting better for black people?
I think the media plays a role in the mayhem as well. To me, the mainstream media helps perpetuate an image of our young black men as thugs who can be revered if they sell more dope to their own damn people than the next guy. Then, the mainstream media will even celebrate the most successful former drug dealers and even have them endorse candidates for public office down the road – as if this guy somehow speaks for all black people. In my book, the dude selling dope to his own people – or who is at least glamorizing this type behavior is just as dangerous to my community as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Isn’t he?
A racist is a racist whether he … or she is Democrat or Republican and irrespective of how the media perceives it. And, an enemy of my people is an enemy of my people, even if he or she is black, Christian, Muslim or what have you. Another point is that not all black people think alike. While many black voters did support Clinton, there were many who could not stomach voting for her because they simply remember too much dirt associated with the Clinton brand, including folks in Harlem and also folks in Haiti. You see, actions speak louder than words.
Somewhere along the line, the Clintons – like mainstream media – thought they knew black people. They misread the tea leaves and presumed that all blacks supported her. Many just remained silent. Further, I imagine that many were insulted with her strategy to win their vote. It was much like Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend back in the Maryland gubernatorial race of 2002 when Rep. Bob Ehrlich became the first Republican governor in Maryland in 36 years. You know why he won? For one, she took blacks too lightly. Secondly, the black vote and black political thought of the day had evolved and had finally shifted heavily in both Prince George’s County and in Baltimore City and had concluded that politics as usual is a thing of the past.
Nationally, the same thing has occurred. I’m not saying that black Republicans are on the rise, but I will say that black Democrats are not the enthusiastic group we once were. More people are paying attention. More people are voting green. Also, information about candidates is ubiquitous. People get more real-time intel on a candidate and faster than ever before.
While Democrats are supposed to be the “big tent” people, many African Americans have seen black people’s right to life itself trampled over by most everybody and every interest group under that tent. This makes the thinking person wonder just what Trump said in a speech: ‘Black people, what do you have to lose?’
Supreme Court Justices was my mental response. However, to the everyday guy who is simple trying to go to work and come back home in one piece, Trump’s one-liner truly resonated.
Truth is, under our first black president, we have had a string of murders of unarmed black men by law enforcement – from Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner to Mike Brown to Philando Castile that has simply rocked the entire world. These killings remind me of what I’ve read about the United States between 1915 and 1922 where there was rampant killing of black people and massacres across the nation, including in Tulsa in 1921 where 600 black businesses were bombed by air and burned literally to the ground.
Truth is, Trump’s victory set both major parties on their ears. ‘Politics as usual’ got a check-up from the neck up, and again, I think a major lesson for both parties and the media is that you cannot take your base for granted and you cannot presume you know how people are thinking – especially if you have not effectively engaged them. I think another lesson is that when people feel robbed out of their vote for the sake of the Party’s preferences of a particular candidate, you’d better watch out!
For example, I have not heard enough about ending mass incarceration in Black America this General Election season. You see, if you are going to actually win my vote, then you must first address the major issues disaffecting my community. It was probably difficult for Clinton to talk about mass incarceration because her husband signed the 1994 omnibus Crime Bill that included measures like “three-strikes-you’re-out”. This led to the largest increase in federal and state prison populations this nation has ever seen. While America is 5% of the world’s population, it holds 25% of the world’s inmates. Something is fundamentally wrong with that picture.
This is especially meaningful to me because 44% of those millions of inmates in America’s prisons today are black and male like me. Black women, interestingly, are the fastest growing demographic. This is alarming given that blacks, as a whole, are only 13% of the US population. Further, a dominant number of inmates are locked up because of illegal drugs, something former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke attempted to remedy years ago by way of pushing for the decriminalization of illicit street drugs and treat the situation as a health issue. Yet, he was ignored. He did not get the support necessary to change the law although his efforts today are considered quite visionary.
When you are not addressing the critical issues facing a most loyal Democratic voting demographic, you’re asking for problems. Tell you something else, Clinton did not effectively connect with the Bernie Sanders crowd. Therein, if you ask me, is where the wheels started to come off of the wagon. Because she did not effectively pull-in Sanders supporters , his people were left disengaged, felt robbed by party politics (as Sheila Dixon’s people felt robbed in a City Primary that was de-certified because of more than 1,800 voting irregularities, untrained judges, and missing thumb drives) and were almost certain not to vote for Mrs. Clinton.
Generationally, many new black voters have little memory of the Bill Clinton days and were not as embracing as their parents and grandparents.
The media, once again, overlooked the obvious and seemingly thought that actors and entertainers had the wherewithal to bring it all home for Hillary. They were … wrong.
I’ll tell you another thing. A lot of older black people did not forget about Ron Brown, either. Brown, the late US Commerce Secretary, was found dead with a bullet hole in his head when his plane went down over Bosnia-Herzegovinia.
Trump, on the other hand, remained true to his core constituency and won his Primary. Further, he started picking off the Bernie Sanders supporters one by one. Or, he somehow did not give Sanders supporters enough of a reason to vote for Clinton. So, a non-vote for Clinton turned into a vote for Trump.
In an amazingly tame acceptance speech, Trump talked about unifying America. He knows that half of the country did not support him and understands that he is nonetheless their President too. Hence, these are the most interesting of times in America.
In Baltimore, it will be interesting to see how the Pugh administration proceeds knowing that Dixon supporters comprise a significant demographic. She, too, will have to be their leader as well.
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