Trump thanks blacks for not voting
On Donald Trump’s
victory tour thank you tour he thanked black people for staying home.
“We did great with the African-American community,” Trump said at a Thursday rally in Pennsylvania. “So good. Remember the famous line, because I talk about crime, I talk about lack of education, I talk about no jobs. And I’d say, what the hell do you have to lose? Right? It’s true. And they’re smart and they picked up on it like you wouldn’t believe. And you know what else? They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. And that was a big. So thank you to the African-American community.”
As Philip Bump reported in the Washington Post, exit polls suggest black turnout really was lower in 2016 than it was in 2012 — with black Americans making up 12 percent of voters in 2016, down a percentage point from 2012. And since 89 percent of black voters cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton, the lower turnout likely helped Trump win (if those who refrained from voting would have voted for Clinton).