A group of black voters told MSNBC last week why they are considering voting for Donald Trump in the 2024 election.
Reporting from Charleston, South Carolina, MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee spoke with black voters in a barbershop and discussed the “appeal” Trump has over President Joe Biden with black men specifically.
- Thomas Murray: “I just think that Donald Trump, in spite of all the craziness he may have in his head, reading some of the things that he talks about with business, I can kind of agree with as far as business-wise because I’m trying to grow my business. As far as Biden, I haven’t seen Biden really care about business like that. And my concern is having my business, so that I can build generational wealth, so my kids can see and have something to take upon when I’m not here.”
- Kinard Givens: “A lot of my friends we’ve only voted once, and Trump is kind of all we know — Trump and Biden. And they’re like, ‘Well, we were broke with Biden. We weren’t with Trump.’ And that’s kind of the only thing that I’m hearing over and over again is that ‘with Trump, we had money.'”
- Juston Brown: “A lot of people admire the persona and they want to be him. They want to enjoy the perks that he has. He seems to always be able to circumvent the rules.”
- Anthony Freeman: “Donald Trump has a reputation of being the money man.”
Lee told MSNBC host Katy Tur that he discovered on his trip to South Carolina that black men fall into “three buckets” regarding the upcoming election.
“Those who are planning on voting for Joe Biden again even though they’re not excited,” he explained, “those who are considering voting for Donald Trump, and those who will sit out altogether and take some sort of off ramp out of the process.”
Trump isn’t going to win a majority of the vote from black voters in 2024 because no Republican ever has.
But it’s clear that black Americans are tired of the Democratic Party never delivering on its promises while assuming black voters are a monolith who will remain loyal to the Democratic Party no matter what. Look no farther than a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, which last month found that Biden commands support from just 63% of black voters.
That’s a serious decline from the 92% that Biden won four years ago.
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