Lots of people simply hate Bill Maher because he is a lefty who does not believe in God. I love the fact that he is honest and simply tells it as he sees it. This is very helpful if you want to hear what is going on with the liberal-progressive side of things. You should never be afraid to see what the other side thinks, you might learn a thing or two.
Case in point.
Last Friday, Maher on his show ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ on HBO brought up the subject of President Trump’s State of the Union speech and where he had a lot of parts of his speech that was geared towards black voters.
Here is a sampling from Mediaite…
“State of the Union, I was surprised, I thought I was watching BET,” Maher said, adding “The whole thing seemed geared toward winning the black voter, right? I mean, he had the little girl who is going to go to a charter school, he called out the one black Republican senator Tim Scott, he had the Tuskegee airman, he cited a lot of stats about black unemployment being better, all this stuff.”
“Wow, the Democrats, Democrats their weak point is the South. They just write it off. They don’t even try,” Maher continued. “Trump is like what’s my weak point? Blacks? I’m going to get them. I got Melania back, I’m going to get them too.”
“I think there’s a question, though of whether politically he is trying to actually win black voters, or whether he wants to appear to his voters as if he’s trying to win black voters, which is different,” (Sarah) Isgur said.
“More specifically, I think he’s trying to say I got a black friend. He’s not trying to save everybody. Bill,” Gillum said.
“But he is trying to win that vote,” Maher said.
“I don’t think he is,” (Andrew) Gillum replied.
Maher’s guests in this exchange were Sarah Isgur who is a Republican strategist and now CNN contributor and Andrew Gillum former Mayor of Tallahassee Florida. They disagreed with Maher’s assertion and went on to say that somehow this was an attempt to capture white suburban women.
Trump was featuring all these people who happened to be black, both in the gallery and peppering the speech with facts about how life has improved for all segments of society, and some think it is to impress white women?
Whatever they are drinking before that show is some good stuff.
Let me for a moment do my best channeling of Cenk Uygur when I type out and say with feeling…
OF COURSE, TRUMP WAS PLAYING FOR THE BLACK VOTE.
Whatever half-cocked conspiracy theory that Maher’s guests were spreading is flat out nonsensical. Trump was not only playing to the crowd of Americans who are black, but he was also being blatant about it. There is no 3-d chess game here kids. This was straight up the gut political football yelling stop me if you can. If Maher’s guests think otherwise that shows how badly the Democrats are thinking stuff through right now and the Republicans who love those ideas.
Thankfully someone who knows a bit more than these experts had taken to the airwaves right after the State of the Union speech and gave heads-up that this is exactly what Trump was doing.
CNN contributor Van Jones.
My colleague at Red State, Nick Arama covered that right here CNN’s Van Jones Warns: Iowa Debacle and Trump SOTU Speech Should Be ‘Big Wake Up Call’ For Dems .
Here is an excerpt of what Van Jones said that night…
At the same time, warning the Democrats. What he was saying to African-Americans can be effective. You may not like it but he mentioned HBCUs, black colleges have been struggling for a long time, a bunch of them have gone under, he threw a lifeline to them in real life in his budget. He talked about that. He talked about criminal justice reform. He talked about opportunity zones…
The thing about it is, and we’ve got to wake up, folks, there’s a whole bubble thing that goes on, he said s-hole nations, therefore all black people are going to hate him forever. That ain’t necessarily so. I think what you’re going to see him do, you may not like my rhetoric, but look at my results and my record to black people, if he narrow casts that, it’s going to be effective. Which means, as we move through this primary process, we’ve got to pay a lot more attention both to what’s going on with the Latino vote. Are we going to get a benefit in terms of having them respond and with the black vote. It it going to be a split off, especially for black male voters? We’ve got to be clinical about this stuff. We get so emotional about it. That was a warning to us. That was a warning shot across the bow to us Democrats that he’s going after enough black votes to cause us problems. It’s not just suburban votes, he’s going after black votes.
If Trump just picks up another 3 to 5% of what he got in 2016 from the black community he will win easily. If the numbers are any higher than that he will definitely win in a walk.
As I said at the beginning of this article you should always listen to what your opponents in the political arena are saying. Both Bill Maher and Van Jones recognized what Donald Trump was doing and they both were trying to sound the alarm. Being they both do not want Trump reelected they are trying to offer some sound analysis for others in the Democratic Party to listen too and it seems to be falling on deaf ears.
For the supporters of President Trump that should make you very very happy.