Just ahead of the New York Republican primary, billionaire Donald Trump met with the National Diversity Coalition for Trump at the Trump Towers. The coalition’s website lists 30 members from diverse ethnic backgrounds and religions. Monday’s meeting was the first in a promised long series of meetings the coalition will have with Trump.
Monday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was a guest of Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and shared his thoughts on the meeting.
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Clarke noted that noticeably absent from the diversity coalition were civil rights activists such as Al Sharpton. “There is a diversity of thought that is growing within the black community across the United States. … I’m glad to see that Donald Trump did not go groveling at the altar of Al Sharpton and pandering to him trying to get the black vote, or trying to figure out what’s going on in the black community from that charlatan,” the outspoken sheriff said.
Cavuto then asked Clarke to give his thoughts as to why the African-American community largely votes Democratic instead of Republican. Clarke reminded viewers it was the Republican Party that set free the slaves. “We’ve been separated from our history. … post-Reconstruction blacks voted predominately for the Republican Party. Why? Because Lincoln freed the slaves. … It was the Democrats that fought the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
Clarke then said the Democrats created a “false narrative,” which he called a “big lie,” that has deceived the African-American community into believing they should vote Democratic. He shamed the Republicans for believing they could win elections without the black vote. “We’re going to have to go back now, reconnect black folks with their history, tell them the real story of what political party freed the slaves, and what political party gave blacks the advances and rights they do [have] today, and it’s going to take some time to do that, but I’m here to lead that cause,” Clarke said.
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