EDITOR, The Tribune.
The Republican Party’s standard bearer President Donald Trump only secured 217 electoral college votes compared to President-elect Joe Biden’s 290, paving the way for the former Delaware Senator to become the 46th president of the United States. Obviously upset at the election results, the Trump camp continues its stone walling tactics, not willing to concede defeat to Biden.
During the first presidential debate on September 29 at the Samson Pavilion of the Health Campus, Trump pretty much sidestepped Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace’s repeated questions about denouncing the Proud Boys, a group labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre and the Anti-Defamation League.
In addition to speaking out against the desecration and removal of Confederate monuments, Trump’s refusal to condemn far right groups suspected of being white supremacists, I believe, is the main reason he lost to Biden.
Left-leaning social analysts have alleged that the alleged murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner are violent reactions to the presidency of Barack Obama, the first Black man to sit in the Oval Office. The Proud Boys seemed to have interpreted the Trump 2016 campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, as a rallying cry to reintroduce government sanctioned Jim Crow policies.
With the murder of George Floyd on May 25 over an alleged fake $20 bill in Minneapolis, in addition to violent protests across the United States over police brutality and systemic racism, the Trump campaign was unable to overcome the propaganda by Black Lives Matter spin doctors that he is prejudiced against African Americans and other ethnic minorities. And making matters worse were African American conservatives Candace Owens and Jesse Lee Peterson airing George Floyd’s dirty laundry in public, with the apparent aim of rationalising bad police behaviour towards African Americans. Both Lee and Owens have repeatedly expressed condescending views about the African American community, with the latter publicly refusing to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect. I think this was a turn-off to many ethnic minorities who otherwise would’ve supported Trump due to the phenomenal job he did in growing the American economy and defending his country.
As a Black Bahamian conservative, I supported Trump wholeheartedly, notwithstanding the many gaffes he committed. With his selection of Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court, I was hoping that Trump’s re-election would bring about the toppling of the 1973 Roe v Wade legislation, which is responsible for the murders of over 50 million babies.
I don’t believe Trump is a racist. After all, retired neurosurgeon Dr Ben Carson was a member of his Cabinet. Trump was probably pandering to far-right racist groups as a tactical political strategy to win the election when he defended white Americans who took umbrage to the desecration of Confederate monuments. It backfired.
Trump could’ve easily won his re-election bid had he publicly distanced himself from the Proud Boys and condemned racism.
By refusing to do so, he unwittingly played right into the hands of Black Lives Matter – an organisation that skillfully played the race card in the lead up to Election Day.
November 12, 2020.