Donald Trump is making a push to try and win over more black voters ahead of the 2020 elections. He kicked things off on Friday in Atlanta where he held a “Black Voices for Trump” rally.
An image from the event was shared on Twitter by Isaac Hayes III the son of legendary soul singer Isaac Hayes. The image quickly went viral.
Isaac Hayes III posted a photo from the “Black Voices for Trump” rally to his Twitter. The image showed two attendees wearing white t-shirts that said in black letters “Blacks for Trump.” Now the reason the image was funny is that the individuals wearing the shirts were a white couple in their 70s.
Hayes post had over 47,000 likes and nearly 12,000 retweets.
— Isaac Hayes III (@IsaacHayes3) November 8, 2019
Accusations of racism have followed Trump throughout his presidency. Despite calling African countries “shitholes,” telling four congresswomen of color to “go back where they came from,” placing a travel ban on Muslims, to just name a few, Donald Trump has stated that he is “the least racist person there is anywhere in the world.” However, polls taken earlier in the year showed that 80 percent of black people believe that Trump is indeed a racist.
Newsweek published a poll in October that showed only four percent of black Americans believe that in the first 34 months of his term Trump’s actions have in any way helped black Americans.
During the 2016 presidential elections, Trump won only eight percent of the black vote.
Trump’s visit to Atlanta was met with resistance as protesters gathered outside of the building prior to the conference kicking off.
During the protests, State Sen. Nikema Williams described Trump as bringing his “backwards agenda to Georgia to pretend like his actions haven’t been a disaster for the Black community and marginalized communities across this entire country.”
“In Georgia, we know better on issues from healthcare, to criminal justice, to education to basic respect, Donald Trump has failed to be a president for all Americans, especially Americans from marginalized background. Donald Trump’s administration has made an all out assault on people of color,” Williams added.