He’s a harbinger of Democrat-Socialist doom. And they know it.
What this poll (showing a doubling of black support for Trump—M) represents is Democrats’ worst nightmare coming true. Their black voting base, which has been taken for granted for years, is suddenly in play, and in a year when Democrats have assured themselves that they have the retaking of Congress in the bag. Black turnout is what put Barack Obama in office in 2008, and now even black support is no longer a given for them.
It’s probably not Kanye alone who is responsible for this, given the stunningly improved state of the Trump economy, where black unemployment has dropped to historic lows. But Kanye was probably the activator. Black people can see that their job prospects are the best in history; they can see the bigger paychecks; they can relate to Kanye’s recent remarks that Barack Obama did zilch for the black community in his hometown of Chicgo; and suddenly, Kanye’s break makes sense to them, just as it does to an extreme individualist like Kanye. It all falls into place.
The shift in black opinion represents a major break in the cultural firewall that has kept black people from embracing the Republican Party and left them taken for granted by Democrats. Do Democrats pay any attention to widespread black views on gay marriage or transgenderism, for example? Do they pay any attention to whether black teenagers need jobs and how calls for minimum wage hikes shut them out of the market? Do Democrats pay any attention to how gun-free zones facilitate violence in black neighborhoods in places such as Chicago? Do they pay any attention to how illegal immigration has driven down the wages of black unskilled workers? Not in the least: The only thing they ask themselves is where else black people can go – and well, now they have their answer, because Kanye opened that door.
Kanye has of course been guilty of jackassery aplenty in the past, some of which I’ve pretty sharply disparaged him here for if memory serves. It’s unlikely to say the least that I’d agree with him on his every opinion or statement. Nor do I expect to, nor do I much care. For that matter, I don’t agree with Trump on everything either, and it would probably worry me some if I did.
Love him or hate him, though, Kanye’s move is still hugely important, and I still heartily applaud him for it. It’s the crack in the dyke that precedes the deluge, one that’s going to require a hell of a lot more than just a little Dutch boy’s finger to plug. The Democrat Socialists’ terror-stricken denunciations prove that well enough. His opinion matters to a large segment of black America, and he’s just given them the go-ahead to liberate themselves from the Democrat-Socialist plantation at long last.
Welcome to the party, Kanye; put your feet up and make yourself t’ home, as we say around these parts.