Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump started reaching out to African-American and Latino voters for the first time over the weekend. This new move came after a campaign filled with hate and racism, and garnering the support of white nationalists and former (and current) KKK members.
“But he’s hoping he can overcome all that by going to a black church in Detroit, and awkwardly swaying back and forth like a dad who brought his kids to a Demi Lovato concert,” Seth Meyers joked on Tuesday evening’s “Late Night.”
After church, while taking a walk through his old neighborhood, Ben Carson was asked how he thought Trump did. Carson talked about inner cities needing to be great again, but then, suddenly, Carson exclaims, “Oh! My luggage!” and runs off.
“Hopefully, his patients never saw that face after operating on them,” Meyers joked.
Carson isn’t the only thing holding Trump from scoring a larger slice of support from people of color. For years, Trump has questioned the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency and spread the conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Africa. To this day, Trump still refusing to apologize or acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States or admit he was wrong. But he must have realized that position is hurting him with African-Americans.
“So, he’s trying a new tactic,” Meyers said. “When asked about being a birther, he says he just doesn’t want to talk about it.”
He showed a video montage of Trump telling reporters he refuses to talk about the birther questions. “What do you mean you don’t talk about it anymore?” Meyers wondered. “You’re a presidential candidate, not Ben Affleck being asked about ‘Gigli.'”
Over the holiday weekend, Trump tried a different tactic, tweeting: “Democrats have failed you for 50 years, high crime, poor schools, no jobs. I will fix it, VOTE ‘T.'”
Meyers was skeptical. “‘T’? Is he trying to give himself a nickname to appeal to black voters? Come Nov. 8, vote D. Trizzy, or maybe A$AP Donald, or my personal favorite, Donye Worst.”
The reality is that Trump is trying to have his cake and eat it too. He seems to want to advocate for racist and xenophobic policies, he wants to talk about the birther movement, but he can’t if he wants to win. Trump wants to fight for mass deportations, but he has to “soften it” by pretending they’ll kick people out in a humane way.
“The reason Trump’s immigration policy sounds so incoherent is that there is no policy,” Meyers revealed. “Trump’s immigration rhetoric isn’t about addressing the problem, it’s about appealing to people’s fear of cultural change.”
Nothing could have captured that sentiment more than the founder of Latinos for Trump. In an interview with MSNBC, he explained that if Trump’s immigration policy doesn’t become law, there will be a taco truck on every corner.
“Taco trucks on every corner?” Meyers asked. “You can’t threaten people with something they actually want. This is America, the only thing we love more than tacos are tacos that come to us.”
His policies aren’t actually about crime or jobs, however. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans and they don’t take jobs away from Americans. “Trump’s tough talk on immigration really is just about reassuring white voters, who think they’re an endangered species. Ultimately, Hillary is banking on the fact that the previously diverse electorate won’t feel threatened by cultural change. After all, without cultural change, most of us would still be dancing like this,” Meyers closed, showing the video of Trump swaying back and forth.
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