By Kevin “Coach” Collins
There have been at least two surveys showing Donald Trump getting between 25% (nationwide) and 13% (Florida) of the Black vote in a general election against Hillary Clinton.
In a very detailed October survey of Florida voters, Clinton gets 82% of the Black vote and Trump gets 13%; with 5% undecided. This means Clinton’s current solid Black vote in Florida is just 77% but can go up to only 82%, and Trump already has the potential to get 18%.
Clinton is in trouble with Blacks now and things can potentially get much worse.
Trump, however, is doing better than he needs to with Blacks and has a potential to get a “lights out” 18% which is nearly in line with the SurveyUSA Labor Day number of 25%. Either number means trouble for Clinton that could make it impossible for her to win Florida, Virginia, Ohio and maybe even Pennsylvania when up against Trump in 2016.
The significance of this erosion of Black support for a Democrat candidate cannot be overstated. Certainly there are those Blacks who voted for Barack Obama out of racial pride and have re-thought there action. Nevertheless, there has to be a bloc of these voters who have America’s best interest at heart.
Today Trump will announce that he has picked up an endorsement of a coalition of 100 Black pastors and evangelists at his New York City headquarters.
In an October 12th rally in Atlanta, Trump had at least ten Black ministers on the stage with him. One said, we’re not here as token Black people, we support Mister Trump.
Ever the consummate showman, Trump will first announce that the endorsement will come on Wednesday; and of course since it will be in New York City the media will have to cover it twice. He knows how to drive the media narrative. He knows they would just as soon ignore the announcement because it is the elephant in the room, but he also understands the media – he knows they will be there.
Trump can ride this “elephant in the room” right into the White House.