‘What’s happening out there’ with Black men and Trump?

October 23, 2020

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Eugene Scott

In the final presidential debate, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden argued over who had been better for the Black community, in ways we’ve heard them do before.

Trump attacked Biden’s support for tough on crime policies in the 1990s; Biden called Trump “one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history.”

At one point, Trump offered a retort that got at something that has been cause for no small amount of worry among Democrats and the Biden campaign in the last few weeks.

“Tens of thousands of Black men, mostly, in jail. And you know what? They remember it, because if you look at what’s happening with the voting right now, they remember that you treated them very, very badly. Just take a look at what’s happening out there,” Trump said.

Black voters overwhelmingly back the Democratic Party in presidential elections, more than any other group — especially Black women. But while the large majority of Black men are also voting for the vice president to America’s first Black president, some data shows Trump is on track to perform as well — if not better — with Black male voters this year, compared with 2016. Nearly 1 in 5 Black men approve of the job Trump is doing, according to a recent Gallup survey. And about 10 percent of Black men are leaning toward Trump, according to the latest Pew Research data.

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