Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s claims of vote fraud in large Democrat-run cities like Philadelphia and Detroit are really just racist dog whistles to his supporters because those cities have majority or large black populations.
Dyson, who is set to join the faculty at Vanderbilt University Jan. 1 as a “distinguished professor of African American and Diaspora Studies,” made his comments during a panel discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he and others were discussing the president’s ongoing legal battles challenging election results he and his campaign believe were fraudulent.
During the discussion, Dyson claimed that Trump’s real focus on the large cities was because they have high numbers of minorities.
Host Chuck Todd set up Dyson by claiming the president was using “dog whistles” by leveling fraud charges against the larger cities, which the current Georgetown professor of sociology quickly seized upon.
“A sitting president of the United States of America attacking with such vitriol and viciousness the very process of democracy that landed him the job to begin with,” Dyson said. “While he undercuts the prospects of American democracy, he’s undercutting his own legitimacy, the very thing which he’s been obsessed over these years.”
Several analysts and experts have said the president is within his rights to challenge election results based on the information, affidavits, and witness allegations his campaign legal team have assembled.
Dyson then addressed the notion of a “dog whistle,” opining that in some cases Trump it is louder than at other times.
“He’s attacking Detroit: 79 percent black. He’s attacking Atlanta: 52 percent black, he’s attacking Philadelphia: 42 percent black, he’s attacking Milwaukee: 39 percent black,” Dyson said.
“We get what he’s doing here. He’s trying to have his cake and eat it, too, so to speak,” Dyson added, though he went on to note that the president garnered more black voters in 2020 than he did in 2016, which Trump himself acknowledged Sunday in an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“At the same time, he wants to be able to whistle to white supremacists and white nationalists he’s still their guy,” Dyson said without offering any evidence to his claim.
He went on to say that the president was trying to link the fraud allegations to the ethnicity of people who live in areas where the fraud may have been committed.
“This is destructive to the process of American democracy and one of the most powerful repudiations of enlightenment. Here’s a guy who is anti-science, he’s anti-race, he’s anti-everything that makes this country it seems the very great thing he wants to make it,” he said, again without evidence.
In fact, Trump has linked the fraud to a political party — Democrats — not any ethnic group.
In his interview with Bartiromo, Trump noted that he managed to attract millions of new minority voters. He also swatted away the notion that Democratic rival Joe Biden outpaced the country’s first black president, Barack Obama, among African-American voters.
“Joe Biden did not get 16 million more votes than Barack Hussein Obama. He didn’t beat Obama in the black communities” either, the president said.
“They stuffed the ballot box. Everybody knows that,” he added.
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