For a guy who likes to think of himself as pretty smart, Bill O’Reilly is pretty easily flummoxed by little things like how the tides work, what socialism is, and what war correspondents do. And now he’s confused by one more thing: Why is Donald Trump so unpopular with The Blacks? On Thursday’s O’Reilly Factor, Billo and professional moral scold Bernie Goldberg went over the perplexing phenomenon like a couple of kittens pawing at an iPad:
Democrat Plantation! Heaven knows, Donald Trump hasn’t said anything nearly as awful about The Blacks as he has about The Muslims or The Mexicans. At least, not loudly enough for these morons to have heard it. If only The Blacks would get some job skills and not tattoo their foreheads, they’d love Trump.
O’Reilly: Here’s a more startling number, and I don’t understand this number. African-Americans favorable for Trump, 7 percent, unfavorable 91 percent. What did Donald Trump ever do to African-Americans? I’m not getting this, it’s far and away the biggest repudiation of any political candidate.
Goldberg: You know what? That’s a fair question, because he certainly hasn’t done anything specific. You could make the case that he made comments about Mexicans, that Mexicans, you know, Latins, Americans don’t like, or Latinos in this country don’t like —
O’Reilly: Muslims —
Goldberg: You might make that case.
Goldberg: But he hasn’t done anything to my knowledge that would offend so many black people, but I think it’s the persona. Hillary Clinton is very popular among black voters, very popular. She panders to the black electorate a lot. And understandably she’s, you know, they like her. So if she is the opponent of a Donald Trump, you can see how they might say we like Hillary, therefore, we don’t like Trump. But there is no rational reason. You are on to something there.
O’Reilly: I don’t understand. Our African-American viewers, if you will write me and let me know, I mean, I’ll do it tomorrow. We will do a segment on it.
If only we could find some kind of information to explain this mysterious antipathy!
We suppose maybe it could go back as far as his early history as a real estate mogul, like in 1973 when the Justice Department sued the Trump Organization for housing discrimination: building supervisors would mark rental applications from blacks with a “C” for “colored,” so the front office would know to turn down the applicant. Potential black renters would be told a building had no vacancies, but white “testers” from the Urban League would be shown several vacant apartments. But Trump and his dad settled that suit with a consent degree that required no admission of wrongdoing, so obviously this example cannot count. Shame on any black people who might remember it from so long ago.calling for the death penalty for the “Central Park Five,” five black teens convicted — falsely, it turned out — of beating and raping a white woman in Central Park. Trump took out full-page ads in New York newspapers demanding that New York bring back the death penalty for rape, a non-capital crime. And even after the teens were exonerated and their convictions vacated over a decade ago, Trump refuses to admit that he’d been wrong. In 2013, when Trump was busy calling for the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber, a Twitter user reminded Trump that he wasn’t exactly credible on who deserves to be executed. Trump figured the exonerated teens still had to be thugs anyway:
Trump insisted, “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.” Of course, he found it very disturbing that so many of The Blacks supported Obama, which he figured was because The Blacks were racist and just voting for one of their own. How could anyone have a problem with that? Simple: they would have to be a racist. thoughts on the police riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and how the press was ignoring the racial angle of all that:
least racist person in the world, because a black guy won on The Apprentice one time.
“This is a racial situation … It’s not covered that way in the press. It’s not even discussed in the press. They don’t want to discuss it. They stay away from it” […]
“In fact, Chicago is another situation,” Trump continued. “It’s a very racial situation out there. If you look at what’s going on here and Chicago and other places, the press really seldom talks about it […]
“People understand it. In my opinion, the press does not really discuss it. They talk about riots, but they don’t say what’s at the core of the riot. Frankly, it’s a very big problem in this country and it’s a problem that is not discussed or certainly not discussed in any great detail and it has to be.”
It continues to be a mystery. Maybe black people are simply racist against Donald Trump because his supporters sometimes beat up black people, or are avowed white supremacists, or beat up black people some more. But this is all very unfair to Trump, who eventually decided the KKK is a bad thing.
Perhaps someday someone will be able to explain why black people seem not to like Donald Trump. If only they’d let Bill O’Reilly know.