Former Minnesota Gopher and Minnesota Viking football player Jack Brewer has made a major change in recent years. He used to raise money for President Obama. Now he’s advocating for President Trump.

When asked why he switched, Brewer said “I’m going to take the guy who’s actually putting in the policies that are going to make life better for my young black son and my young black daughter, versus somebody who gives me lip service — like, unfortunately, the Democrats have done for our community for years.”

Results have made the difference with changing minds. This is what’s changing minds:

Mr. Trump and his reelection team are aggressively courting black voters amid a strong economy that has reduced black unemployment to 5.5%, lowest in history. The Trump campaign launched its “Black Voices for Trump” coalition in Atlanta last month.

It isn’t just the Trump campaign. The GOP is touting what President Trump has done for the black community, too:

Then there’s this:

“Donald Trump will get over 20% of the black vote,” Mr. Brewer said in an interview. “That is what’s going to win the election. Why? Because there hasn’t been a Republican to even try to go in and talk to the black community. They don’t go there. They don’t even try. I think he’s trying, finally.”

If President Trump gets 15% of the black vote in Pennsylvania or Michigan, he’ll be re-elected easily. If President Trump got 15% of the black vote nationally, he’d win with 375+ electoral votes.

The lessons that Republicans should take from this is that they should fight for every voting group in the nation. When Chip Cravaack defeated Jim Oberstar in 2010, the GOP powers-that-be in Minnesota told him not to waste time on the Iron Range, that it was a lost cause. The first place he campaigned was the Iron Range. Because he had union roots, his story played well with Iron Rangers.

After Chip’s big win in 2010, he lost his re-election bid. Each year after that, the races were tight. In 2018, Pete Stauber won. This year, he’s expected to win re-election as a Republican. That will mark the first time a Republican has won re-election in MN-8 since before WWII. I know the situations aren’t the same but the principles are transferable.

The point is that, bit-by-bit, Republicans will make inroads with communities of color if they work at it. They just need to show up and do the work.

3 Responses to “Black Voices for Trump”

  • eric z says:

    Jack Brewer? Preparation to run against Omar? Good luck. He will get 37% of the CD5 vote, if he does.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Who said anything about that?

  • Chad Q says:

    No, Mr. Brewer is just pointing out the failures of the democrat party and why he will no longer vote for them. Simple as that.
    Joe Biden said that the GOP will put blacks back in chains when in reality it is the democrats who continually put larger and thicker chains on blacks through programs that require dependency on the government. Democrats don’t think blacks (or anyone for that matter) can do things on their own and that government is the solution to all problems when it really is the source of all problems.

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