GOP Minority Report
Something funny happened on the way to the American election. After four years of a relentless media onslaught branding President Donald Trump a bigot, racist, and orange-tinted, crypto-Fascist, Trump actually increased his support among minority voters. Democrats lost a share of the non-white vote and the Grand Old Party became more diverse.
Trump’s percentage of the Black vote climbed from 8% in 2016 to 12% on November 3rd. Trump won 19% of Black men, nearly one in five who voted in this year’s historic turnout. The former reality star turned Commander in Chief earned nearly a third of the Latino vote, over a third of the Asian vote, and well over a quarter of LGTBQ voters. He even improved his standing among Muslim Americans.
Republicans also made big gains in the House fielding female contenders, with two term New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to Congress, leading the charge. Over a dozen female GOP warriors vanquished their Democratic rivals, a number that could still grow as more Congressional races are called.
Trump and the Republican Party proved that the GOP message has legs. Entertainment entrepreneur Robert Johnson, America’s first Black billionaire, chalks it up to economics. As he told the business network CNBC, for Black Americans, Democrats have delivered a “minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, the job creation and job opportunities.” Pragmatism, not dogmatism, is the winning formula.