On August 19, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump asked African-Americans “what do you have to lose” in voting for him. Back then, then-candidate Trump could only suggest that he could implement policies that would make life better for African-Americans. This year, it isn’t a theoretical ‘what if’ question anymore. This time, African-Americans can figure out for themselves what they have to lose.

For African-Americans living in Minneapolis, they know what they’ve already lost. They’ve lost neighborhoods. They’ve lost their businesses, which were, essentially, their retirement accounts. They’ve lost their life savings and their livelihoods. Contrary to Boy Toy Mayor Jacob Frey’s declaration that these things were just “bricks and mortar”, they were so much more than that. They were their communities. Literally, this meant everything to them. The people who owned property that got destroyed will likely move out. With the DFL ‘leaders’, a joke if I’ve ever heard one, promising (threatening?) to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, aka MPD, why would people stay? This is what they watched during the early part of the rioting:

This is candidate Trump’s initial appeal to African-Americans:

The last line in the sentence is especially powerful:

“America must reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.”

Just 4 years later, African-Americans earn more, are employed in greater numbers and percentages, and face a brighter future thanks Sen. Tim Scott’s Opportunity Zones legislation. Also during the first 4 years of the Trump presidency, President Trump signed legislation that permanently funded HBCUs, aka Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Between those 2 pieces of legislation, President Trump signed prison reform to undo the mass incarceration of African-Americans.

To the African-American community, if you want a future, it isn’t with the Democrats. They’re part of the racist past. Democrats are the party of the KKK and Jim Crow and now, the party that let your cities burn without attempting to protect your neighborhoods, your pharmacies or your police department. Republicans are the party of Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and the party of Abolitionists.

Now that you have a lengthy list of comparisons, it’s time for you to decide. Do you want to be taken for granted? If you say yes, then vote Democrat again. If you want to have a bright future, vote for Republicans up and down the ticket.

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