The Republican National Committee is making a concerted effort to court African-American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The decision reflects a growing list of accomplishments President Donald Trump can credibly point to in the realm of expanding economic opportunities for minorities.
“Look at the Obama administration and the unemployment rate in the African-American community under President Barack Obama, the stagnant wages, and then [contrast that with] what President Trump has done,” Ronna Romney McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, told the Washington Free Beacon at the annual TrailBlazer Awards ceremony on Wednesday. The event, started under the tenure of former RNC chairman Michael Steele to honor Black History Month, is meant to highlight the achievements of African-American conservative leaders.
There are five kinds of voters:
• The core die-hards who will turn out and vote for anyone with your party affiliation.
• Near-core voters who lean towards your side, but will need some convincing and/or GOTV effort.
• Swing voters, who might vote D, R, third party, or not at all.
• The other side’s near-core voters, who similarly will need some convincing and/or GOTV effort.
• And the other side’s core die-hards.
Every vote you can take from the last two categories is effectively two votes for your side, by adding one to your column and taking one from the other side’s. Trump is the first Republican president I can think of since Reagan who has made a point of aggressively courting core Democrat voters.