The third night of the Republican National Convention, like every night of the convention, has featured Black Americans — notably Black men — praising Trump’s leadership.
Speakers repeated the same, albeit misleading, statistic: that unemployment among Black Americans fell under the Trump administration (They did not mention that Black unemployment has risen the fastest since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and has recovered the slowest, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). They’ve highlighted the Republican tax bill’s “opportunity zones” and said Democrats take Black voters for granted.
Burgess Owens, a Black former football player and Republican nominee for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, highlighted a recent gaffe of Joe Biden’s: “We have a Democrat candidate for president who says that I’m “not Black” if I don’t vote for him,” Owens said. “Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won’t compromise their values for political opportunities.”
Jack Brewer, another former football player, identified himself as a lifelong Democrat who supports Trump, saying that “all lives need to matter” and telling Black voters to look past Donald Trump’s “tone.”
“Because you have an issue with President Trump’s tone, you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved Black and brown children school choice,” Brewer said. “Are we so offended by President Trump’s campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’ that we are going to ignore that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless Black men for nonviolent crimes?”
And Clarence Henderson, a conservative activist who participated in the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, said: “Donald Trump truly cares about Black lives. His policies show his heart. He has done more for Black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50.”
But in between these...