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Larry Elder: Dems Are Flabbergasted as to How Trump Is Gaining Minority Support - But It's Actually Very Simple

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According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll of registered voters, President Donald Trump’s approval rating just hit its highest mark since June.

This may or may not hold after back-to-back alleged “bombshells” about what Trump knew about COVID-19 and how he allegedly disparaged fallen soldiers as “losers.”

But still, for Democrats, these new poll numbers are triggering yet another round of head-shaking. After all, the Democratic perception and characterization of Trump is that of a crass, ignorant, xenophobic, incompetent, mass-murdering racist.

How, they ask, can someone who put the “d” in deplorable not find himself universally rejected? Or, as Peter Strzok, the fired senior FBI agent who led the Trump-Russia collusion probe, famously texted about the 2016 election, “Hillary should win 100,000,000-0.”

How, Dems ask, can such an overtly racist president get a 36 percent approval rating by black likely voters in a July Rasmussen poll?

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After all, Trump recently denied the existence of “systemic racism” in law enforcement and said that there are “some bad apples” and cops who “choke” at critical times.

Similarly, Attorney General William Barr, at a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing on police response to the street protests, also disputed the claim of police “systemic racism.”

Barr said, “I think it would be an oversimplification to treat the problem as rooted in some deep-seated racism generally infecting our police departments. It seems far more likely that the problem stems from a complex mix of factors, which can be addressed with focused attention over time.”

And, in Florida, an NBC News/Marist poll shows Trump and Biden neck-and-neck at 48 percent each among likely voters eight weeks before the election. Even more astonishing to those who despise Trump because he “hates” Hispanics is that in Florida, likely Hispanic voters give him a 50 percent approval rating versus Biden’s 46 percent.

There are many reasons why Trump is outperforming among black and Hispanic likely voters compared with the typical Republican presidential candidate.

First, it’s hard to beat — pre-pandemic shutdown — historically low black and Hispanic unemployment numbers. Trump supports school choice, enabling urban parents in communities of color to decide whether to send their kids to an often-underperforming government school or take the public dollars allocated for their kids to a better school option.

Second, a lot of Hispanics do not like illegal immigration any more than do non-Hispanics.

Third, the daily and nightly street protests and the protesters’ anti-cop rhetoric help make Trump’s “law and order” pitch look pretty appealing.

As for the demand to “defund the police,” a Gallup poll conducted between June 23 and July 6 found that the percentage of white people who want police staffing to remain where it is or even increase is very close to the percentage of black people who want the staffing to remain where it is or increase, at 88 percent and 81 percent, respectively.

It has become increasingly clear the goal is not a more “diverse” police force.

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The chief of police of Rochester, New York, who was fired after the death of a black man in police custody, is black. The police chief of Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, is black and Hispanic. The racial composition of the police departments of New York City and Los Angeles increasingly reflect the racial demographics of their cities. Or, as the left likes to put it, the departments look like their cities.

Chanting protesters in Rochester made their goals clear: “If you don’t give us our s—, we’ll shut s— down.” A Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer defended looting in the city’s Magnificent Mile commercial district as “reparations.”

Well, buckle up. According to Mapping Police Violence, 30 unarmed black men were killed in 2019, a monthly average of 2.5. So, we could easily see 2.5 “police brutality” protests per month.

According to Statista, 7,407 black people were victims of homicide in 2018 — a monthly average of 617. And it is estimated that 90 percent of black homicide victims are killed by other black people.

Do you think black and Hispanic voters will help President Trump win re-election in November?

As for defunding the police, rapper Tupac Shakur said in 1994: “The same crime element that white people are scared of, black people are scared of. The same crime element that white people fear, we fear. So, we defend ourselves from the same crime element that they’re scared of. You know what I’m saying? While they waiting for legislation to pass and everything, we next door to the killer. We next door to ’em, you know, because we up in the projects, where there’s 80 n—as in the building. All them killers they letting out, they right there in that building. But just cause we black, we get along with the killers or something? We get along with the rapists cause we black and we from the same hood? What is that? We need protection, too.”

How ironic if, after the media and Democratic leaders’ three-plus years of maligning Trump as a xenophobic racist, Hispanic and black voters help keep Trump in the White House for four more years.

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