Politico published an excerpt of an upcoming book by veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Bender that reveals former President Donald Trump’s anger toward his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as protests broke out across the United States following George Floyd’s murder. Trump completely mishandled the protests. Instead, the former president was more like an arsonist that lit a fire, then blamed everyone that got burned.
According to the book, Trump thought that passing the criminal justice reform that Kushner urged him to support made the former president look weak. It was all about winning over the Black vote and not about doing the right thing.
“Trump had staked nearly his entire campaign in 2016 around a law-and-order image, and now groaned that the criminal justice reform that Kushner had persuaded him to support made him look weak and—even worse—hadn’t earned him any goodwill among Black voters,” the book states.
“I’ve done all this stuff for the Blacks—it’s always Jared telling me to do this,” Trump said to one confidante on Father’s Day. “And they all f—— hate me, and none of them are going to vote for me.”
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“A month after the murder of Floyd, Trump was dumping on his son-in-law, and he was also abandoning the chance to improve his relationship with Black leaders and Black voters during a particularly tumultuous moment in U.S. race relations and the presidential campaign,” the excerpt reads. “The story of this month, from the murder of Floyd to Trump’s assertion that his outreach to Black voters wasn’t working, is one of missed opportunities and bungled messaging, even in the eyes of some of Trump’s closest advisers, who described their firsthand accounts with me during the past year.”
“Trump had long struggled with addressing the nation’s racial issues, and his senior staff hadn’t included a single Black staffer since he’d fired Omarosa Manigault Newman—a former contestant on his reality television show—at the end of 2017,” the excerpt continues. “In August 2018, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway had been asked on NBC’s Meet the Press to name the top Black official in the Trump White House and could only come up with his first name: Ja’Ron.”
When conservatives try to paint Trump’s image as not racist, they typically point to the criminal justice reform bill, but that was done to buy the Black vote. Trump has always been a racist from the time he wouldn’t rent to Black people to the time he called Black athletes that take a knee during the national anthem in a form of silent protest against racism son of a bitches.
You can read the full excerpt here.
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