Right-wing operatives have been working to get rapper Kanye West on the ballot in key swing states in the hopes of drawing Black voters away from former Vice President Joe Biden.
However, Politico reports that a new Morning Consult poll shows that West is drawing just two percent of Black voters — and his presence in the race isn’t putting a dent in Biden’s lead over Trump.
Ron Christie, a Black Republican strategist and former aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney, tells Politico that he’s not surprised that conservatives’ gambit with West has fallen flat.
“I think a lot of people of color view Kanye’s bid for the presidency as a quixotic one, and they don’t see him as being legitimate for the office,” he explained. “It’s more of yet another Kanye publicity stunt.”
Derrick Clay, an Ohio-based Democratic strategist, similarly tells Politico that most Black voters see Kanye as an eccentric who is more of a sideshow than a serious political contender.
“The bottom line is that Kanye West is an entertainer,” Clay says. “That’s not to say that he can’t participate in electoral politics, but his candidacy is more a distraction… I think that strategy is going to backfire on them.”
Did a maskless Trump support flash a ‘white power’ sign at his The Villages rally?
Did a maskless supporter of President Donald J. Trump really just flash a "white power" sign at his rally at The Villages in Florida?
The sign, with the thumb and index finger’s tips touching while the other three fingers are extended was traditionally known as the okay symbol.
Southern Poverty Law Center said the hand signal is "used ironically by a number of Trump supporters at far-right rallies. It’s been particularly prominent among far-right street protesters such as the Proud Boys and the Northwest-based Patriot Prayer, whose members have prominently displayed the sign in group photos and during street protests."
Biden pledges free COVID-19 vaccine for ‘everyone’ in US if elected
Democrat Joe Biden said Friday that if elected president he would mandate coronavirus vaccines be free for all Americans, part of a national strategy to "get ahead of this virus."
"Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it has to be free to everyone -- whether or not you're insured," Biden said in a speech laying out his pandemic response plan just 11 days before the US presidential election.
President Donald Trump, who trails Biden in the polls, has also stressed that a vaccine -- which he says will be ready in the coming weeks -- should be free.
But Democrats led by Biden have hammered Trump for failing to lay out and implement a nationwide response to a pandemic that has now killed more than 223,000 Americans.
Marine One buzzes the crowd as Trump holds rally at the nation’s largest retirement community
Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" played in the background as Marine One hovered over the crowd at The Villages in Florida before landing at the first of two rallies for President Donald J. Trump Friday afternoon.
As CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller wrote, it's Trump's "51st visit to Florida, his most frequent destination, and his 5th rally" in the state this year.
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