Exactly two months ago (and not for the first time, either), I wrote about the left’s attitude to minorities, namely their claim on the exclusive ideological allegiance by women, people of colour, and people of different sexualities. Part hard-nosed electoral politics, part a Manichean/Marxist binary view of oppression, I was reminded yet again of this pernicious phenomenon by this incident:
Chelsea Handler offered an explanation as to why she publicly scolded her ex-boyfriend 50 Cent for supporting President Trump during her Friday night appearance on “The Tonight Show.”
The comedian had been feuding with 50 Cent — born Curtis James Jackson III — since Monday when he shared an image from a news broadcast on Instagram that depicted the rates at which certain places would be taxed under Joe Biden’s plan. The broadcast highlighted New York state (58%) and New York City (62%).
“WHAT THE F–K! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT,” wrote Jackson in the caption. “F–K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya f–king mind.”
Handler insisted the 62 percent tax hike “isn’t a plan” under Joe Biden, calling it a “lie” during her interview with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.
“So he doesn’t want to pay 62 percent in taxes because he doesn’t want to go from ’50 Cent’ to ’20 Cent’ and I had to remind him that he was a Black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump and that he shouldn’t be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he’s worried about his own personal pocketbook,“ Handler said.
To be fair, many people occasionally forget their skin colour, which is why all of us could do with a patronising rich Jewish female celebrity to keep us in our place. God knows, black people like 50 Cent in particular need to be reminded who they are and what their role in life is (pulling the lever on Dem candidates), lest they get some ideas about wandering off the political plantation.
Meanwhile, in the real world outside of New York City:
Morning Reader Data Points:
National Daily Black Likely Voter Job Approval For @POTUS – October 19-23, 2020
Mon 10/19 – 25%
Tue 10/20 – 24%
Wed 10/21 – 31%
Thu 10/22 – 37%
Fri 10/23 – 46%
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 23, 2020
Of course, the only poll that counts is the one in November (though considering that over 50 million Americans have already voted, this saying will need to be readjusted for the new realities), so we need to see how much of that job approval translates into actual support at the ballot box. Republican presidential candidates have not managed to crack 15 per cent black support since Gerard Ford (even now, a Washington Post poll has a support for Trump among likely black voters at only 8 per cent, or essentially the same figure as at the 2016 election). For whatever it’s worth, there has been plenty of anecdotal – and less anecdotal (like Rasmussen polls) – indications that more black Americans (as well as other groups, like gay men and Muslims) are willing to give Trump another go.
This perhaps explains the extra stridency in the calls from the left labelling Trump a white supremacist, racist, bigot, and homophobe: when your grip on the constituent groups of your political coalition is starting to slip you need to work overtime to convince any waverers that the other guy is the Devil.