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This past week, a variety of articles on the 2020 presidential election have caught my attention. They’ve left me wondering whether (or how much) the dynamics of the 2020 race are changing. This article has me wondering whether President Trump will win a significantly higher percentage of the African-American vote. In 2016, he won 8% of the African-American vote nationwide. Imagine what would happen if President Trump got 15% of the African-American vote in Pennsylvania.

If Democrats don’t flip back Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, they can’t get to 270 electoral votes. Technically, they can but it isn’t likely. According to Pete Hegseth’s reporting, First Immanuel Baptist Church Pastor Todd Johnson has seen a change in his congregation. According to Pastor Johnson, “the Opportunity Zone [provision] in the city of brotherly love — created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — is working.”

Johnson then said “Some who were hardcore Democrats are not quite as hardcore now. And then there are some who are leaving the Democratic Party in Philadelphia. I’m hopeful that by the time the election rolls around in November, we will see more people leaving the Democratic Party and giving President Trump and the Republican Party a chance.”

President Trump’s Super Bowl ad featuring Alice Johnson was powerful:

When President Trump announced that Jenayah Davis was getting awarded an opportunity scholarship, everyone in the gallery applauded. All the Republicans seated on the House floor stood and applauded. Democrats stayed sitting. Democrats were overwhelmed with Trump hatred. Democrats didn’t applaud Jenayah. What isn’t shown in the video is President Trump’s exhortation to Congress to create 1,000,000 new opportunity scholarships this year.

Pelosi’s Democrats won’t do that. They can’t do that. That’s because they’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NEA and AFT. African-American voters are watching and noticing. They’re noticing what President Trump is doing to make their lives better. They’re noticing in increasing numbers that Democrats are all talk and no action.

Mischaracterizations are getting dismissed. By now, Prof. Borysenko’s article has become legendary. Still, it’s worth talking about the most important message from the article:

So, I headed over an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open—which was four hours before Trump was set to take the stage—and the line already stretched a mile away from the entrance to the arena. As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice. I was not harassed or intimidated, and I was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average, everyday people. They were veterans, schoolteachers, and small business owners who had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a Democrat. The reaction: “Good for you! Welcome!”

Myths are getting shattered. It’s indisputable that President is far from perfect. Prof. Borysenko cut to the heart of the matter:

The reality is that many people I spoke to do disagree with Trump on things. They don’t always like his attitude. They wish he wouldn’t tweet so much. People who are in cults don’t question their leaders. The people I spoke with did, but the pros in their eyes far outweighed the cons. They don’t love him because they think he’s perfect. They love him despite his flaws, because they believe he has their back.

Bingo. I know that Democrats will dump a person in a heartbeat if they think it’s to their political advantage. President Trump hasn’t kept all of his promises but he’s worked tirelessly to keep them. President Trump’s policies have improved life for literally millions of Americans. He’s worked with the African-American community by including the Opportunity Zone provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He did that at the request of HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

Lives are getting improved. Minority communities are noticing. That’s why it’s looking like the dynamics of this race are changing. As the saying goes, good policies make for great politics.

Minutes ago, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that he’s nominating Dr. Ben Carson to be his HUD (Housing and Urban Development) Secretary.

In his statement, President-Elect Trump said “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”

Dr. Carson’s story is an inspirational story. In this article, Carson talked about growing up in Detroit, saying “Both of my older cousins died on the streets where I lived. I thought that was my destiny. But my mother didn’t. She changed all of that. She saved my brother and me from being killed on those streets with nothing but a library card.”

Dr. Carson will be an important part of President-Elect Trump’s outreach to African-American communities. I expect he’ll play an important part in revitalizing major urban centers economically. In the past, HUD secretaries have been bit players, with Jack Kemp being the exception. Further, I expect Democratic special interest groups to criticize him because he represents a different type of thinking. In the end, though, I expect him to win confirmation with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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