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At times, it’s hard for rational Americans to fathom the level of hatred and hostility directed at President Donald Trump, but with the November election growing large in the windshield, there are subtle signs that may help explain it.
One of these signs is a video of a black man being interviewed about his support for the president. The man in the video was identified online as Stephen Davis — on his Instagram page, Davis says he is a “conservative Christian bodybuilding patriot.”
“I believed everything the media told me, I believed. I drank the Kool-Aid, so to speak, and it got to the point where — you know, the type of person I am. I like to know why I don’t like someone,” Davis said.
— 🇺🇸Maggie VandenBerghe🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) May 14, 2020
The video is so inspirational that President Trump responded to it: “Thanks. You are very cool!”
“I was told he’s a racist,” he added. “But let me get some evidence so I could be able to debate Trump supporters when it comes down to this, and I could be able to beat them down with facts.”
However, as he did his research, Davis said he discovered that he agreed with much of what Trump was saying.
“I like this guy!” Davis eventually realized. “I think I’m gonna go ahead and rock with this guy. So that’s what I started doing and I haven’t stopped.”
Davis replied on Instagram to Trump’s mention.
“The MAN HIMSELF just retweeted an interview I was in with @fogcitymidge!!!!! I can die happy now!!!!” he wrote.
Shortly after replying to Davis’ video, the president posted a tweet thanking his army of online supporters, calling them “my great Keyboard Warriors.”
“Thank you to all of my great Keyboard Warriors,” he said. “You are better, and far more brilliant, than anyone on Madison Avenue (Ad Agencies). There is nobody like you!”
Thank you to all of my great Keyboard Warriors. You are better, and far more brilliant, than anyone on Madison Avenue (Ad Agencies). There is nobody like you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2020
Black support for Trump may very well be the deciding factor in the 2020 election.
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed Trump with 14% approval from black Americans, with roughly 24% of black men polled approving of his efforts.
Exit polls in the 2016 election had him pulling down 8% of the black vote, which was an increase from the 6% that 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney saw.
While exit polls showed that Hillary Clinton garnered 88% of black votes, that was a drop from 93% that Barack Obama got in 2012.
There has been polling showing that Trump’s support in the black community may be as high as 30 or better — which would spell absolute disaster for the Democratic Party.
“We’ve got three polls today showing Donald Trump at 30% or higher with black voters,” talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said in early December. “We’ve got Emerson, we’ve got Rasmussen and we’ve got Marist!”
The Emerson poll had Trump at 35% with black voters, while Maris had him at 33% among non-white voters. A Rasmussen poll had his support from black voters at 34%.
Hell, a CNN poll at the time had the president’s approval among non-white voters at 26%.
Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for the Trump campaign, said in a statement at the time that African-Americans have been benefiting from the president’s policies, such as his efforts on criminal justice reform.
“You can’t dispute the fact that African-Americans have been benefiting from President Trump’s policies,” Pierson said in a release. “Four years ago, the president asked the black community, ‘What do you have to lose;’ now we are thinking, ‘Imagine what we stand to gain!’”
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