Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Pastor Mark Burns: First Defend and Then Delete

It's a fascinating empirical question. Is is a mathematical possibility to get less than 0% of the African-American vote?

As a matter of arithmetic, I'm guessing not. But Donald Trump is trying, He's really trying. Black folks already don't like him, they really don' t like him. I mean they really, really, really do no like him.

Joy Reid:

"Dang. 97% of African-Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump in the new @ppppolls, 3% aren't sure, and --% (not a typo) feel favorably."

The Beltway Trump optimistic spin-a la Bloomberg's Mark Halperin-would be: so you mean he has nowhere to go but up?

"But if it's not possible to get less than 0% of the black vote, Donald Trump is trying, he's really trying. I don't know if his talk about 'What do you have to lose?' is winning over any of the suburban white voters that are the true target of this fake black outreach. "

But it is only disgusting black folks. Honestly, he'd be better off not doing any such outreach-like using the death of Dwayne Wade's cousin to declare 'Now blacks get it. They're going to vote Trump.'

Of course all this outreach has been done in front of white audiences. Now the news this week has been: Trump is going to meet with actual black people!

He's going to meet with Pastor Mark Burns. But right away, this particular black Trump supporter is violating the hippocratic oath and doing a lot more harm than good:

"Official Trump surrogate tweets cartoon* of Hillary Clinton in blackface."

Uh. This is the brother who's job it is to prove that Donald Trump is not a racist?

"Pastor Mark Burns, a black pastor part of Donald Trump's outreach effort to African Americans, tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton in blackface on Monday. "Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years," the tweet read with the accompanying image."

"Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in 4 years.— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) August 29, 2016"

Burns later was on MSNBC to defend this tweet. You see it was a great idea because he wanted attention. It sure got him a lot of attention.

"Pastor Mark Burns, a high-profile African-American supporter of Donald Trump, appeared on "Meet the Press Daily" Monday to discuss a controversial image he sent out on Twitter (deleted) earlier in the day. The tweet featured a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface with the caption: "Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again..See you again in four years."

"Burns later deleted the tweet and put up a video post with the caption, "I want to Apologize for my Twit (sic) that many found to be offensive."

Sure. If it did. In other words, you're silly if you found it offensive. But I'm sorry that you're silly.

"More offensive than black face meme, is that you seem to see us as stooges who've been duped + don't vote on policy."

This is an old GOP trope: Hey, black folks, stop being suckers on the 'Democratic plantation.'

This is not a new line of attack. George W. Bush tried this in 2004. Al Sharpton had a great rejoinder to it then that applies today all the more.

What the GOP doesn't get is that if they get 1% of the black vote it might just not be that black folks are suckers. Maybe the GOP has earned it.

Along with Trump's 'black outreach' we read this:

"David Duke Robocall Urges Voters To Vote For Him And Donald Trump"

“We’re losing our country. Look at the Super Bowl salute to the Black Panther cop killers. It’s time to stand up and vote for Donald Trump for president and vote for me, David Duke for the U.S. Senate.”

So the Trump base is going to include both black voters and David Duke and his supporters?

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