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Sports columnist Jason Whitlock thinks the false narrative that black men “can’t relate” to President Donald Trump is finally cracking.
The OutKick columnist who interviewed the president at the White House on Wednesday spoke with Fox News host Tucker Carlson later about how the “façade” surrounding the claims that Trump has nothing in common with black men is “starting to end.”
Whitlock noted that Trump has “clear momentum” with black men as Election Day draws near, and suggested people listen to hip-hop music to see that their mentality is not that “inconsistent” with the president’s. He spoke about Trump’s accomplishments relating to the black community on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday.
“I think we have been carrying on a façade for three-and-a-half years as black men that somehow we can’t relate to Donald Trump, that we didn’t celebrate him in hip-hop music for decades, that he wasn’t friends with countless black athletes, entertainers, celebrities,” Whitlock said.
(Source: Fox News)
“Look, in a part of this interview that we’ll air in full tonight on Outkick, he mentioned at one point he and Jesse Jackson were friends,” Whitlock continued, referring to his White House interview.
“And he thought that Jesse Jackson may still say positive things about me — so there’s been a charade I think particularly among black men pretending that they don’t have something in common with President Trump,” he added.
“And that façade is starting to end and I think that’s why you’ve seen the rapper Ice Cube, you’ve seen 50-Cent and Kanye start reaching out and acknowledging the truth that they really don’t have a problem with Donald Trump,” Whitlock said.
Carlson suggested that perhaps Trump’s appeal to black men even before running for president was one of the reasons his opponents targeted him with false accusations of being a racist.
“I’m someone that grew up during the hip-hop, at its beginning, and if you go listen to hip-hop music and what black men and our mentality it’s just not that inconsistent with President Trump,” Whitlock responded. “So yeah, do I think they have feared that. Look, the masculinity of Trump, he represents the patriarchy, he’s not politically correct.”
“Those are things, I’m sorry, that a lot of black men can relate to and it’s not really surprising to me that he’s starting to make headway in that direction,” he added. “Look, if you look at his support at HBCUs, the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform he’s done, the Opportunity Zones in black communities, the investment that he’s sparked. Go back when the economy was going well, the record unemployment for black men and just black people in general.”
“This deal he negotiated with Ice Cube about the Platinum Plan; he may actually follow through on it, and I think that rings true and is compelling to a lot of black men,” Whitlock said.
During his sit-down interview with Trump earlier in the day, the sports journalist brought up the shift in perceptions of the president by the black community.
“I know I look incredibly young, but I actually have lived long enough to remember back when rappers loved President Trump – Donald Trump before he was president,” he said.
Trump believed, as Whitlock noted, that many “are starting to evaluate you on your record and policy and performance rather than personality.”
“I think so and I think what else has happened is for 100 years the Democrats have had the black vote, 100 years I mean it’s been forever,” Trump responded. “I don’t know why they keep going, it’s a habit. It’s almost a habit to vote for a Democrat and now you have a lot of people going into the Republican Party.”
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