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Trump Thanks Kanye West for Rise in Polls With African-Americans

Trump Thanks Kanye West for Rise in Polls With African-Americans

Meanwhile Kanye’s favorability among Republicans skyrockets, and plummets among Democrats.


Trump spoke at the NRA convention Friday and as part of his remarks, gave a shout out to Kanye West. Trump credited recent supportive comments from West for his rise in a poll among African Americans.

Elizabeth Zwitz reports at FOX News:

Trump thanks Kanye West in NRA speech, claims rise in poll numbers among African-Americans

President Trump praised Kanye West on Friday, saying that the rapper “must have some power” as he touted a surge in poll numbers among African-Americans.

The comments came during the president’s remarks at National Rifle’s Association annual convention in Dallas, more than a week since West, in mid-tweetstorm, said there was “dragon energy” between him and his “brother” Trump.

“And by the way, Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw, I doubled my African-American poll numbers,” Trump told the crowd in remarks that also touched on gun rights, job gains and unemployment. “We went from 11 to 22 in one week. Thank you, Kanye. Thank you.”

“When I saw the numbers I said there must be a mistake. How can that happen?” Trump continued. “Even the pollsters thought there must be a mistake.”

Here’s the video:

Bradford Richardson of the Washington Times has the details on the poll:

Black male support for Trump doubles after Kanye tweets, poll finds

A new poll shows that there was a significant uptick in support for President Trump among black males following tweets from hip-hop mogul Kanye West appearing to back the president.

According to a Reuters poll taken April 29, 22 percent of black males approved of the president’s job performance, up from 11 percent one week earlier. Seven percent of the demographic also reported having “mixed feelings” about the president, up from 1.5 percent.

Seventy-one percent of the cohort still said they disapproved of Mr. Trump’s performance in office.

Support among black females remained relatively steady over that same span, increasing slightly from 6 to 9 percent.

Kanye really does wield influence. Just look at the share numbers on this tweet:

Meanwhile, Kanye’s favorability with Republicans has skyrocketed, and plummeted with Democrats:

Thirty-four percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Kanye West, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll, up from 11 percent in 2015. His disapproval rating among Republicans — 74 percent three years ago — is down to 43 percent. (I assume because of his recent favorable comments about Trump.) The rapper’s numbers among Democrats were already low and now have dipped even more. He had a net favorability of -47 among Democrats in 2015, and is now down to -56.

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Kanye really does wield influence.

Does he? Or did he just make it just a little bit safer to express an opinion running counter to The Collective?

If the second, then we can suspect that support in this demographic is much higher than the polls will ever show.

We saw the same thing in 2016 with the mysterious “women’s vote,” as certain perspicacious individuals had predicted.

Kanye has been communicating with Dr. Thomas Sowell which might make Kanye a real threat to the Democrat Plantation—a thinking Black man. Dems treat their run-a-ways harshly.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to Whitewall. | May 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    as do conservatives.

    While Trump is hardly a conservative, you don’t have to look too closely to see how he treats anyone he considers disloyal or even a whole state whose majority voted against him.

    So whoop it up for Kanye. It is not going to change the outcome of future elections. If you had a spec of retrospection, you would remember that a lot of republicans were Never-Trumpers. It didn’t stop Trump from winning. See the parallel?

    Ask Roy Moore, who won a primary despite not having Trump’s support, and then lost the general with Trump’s support; in a Very Red State. Just look what happened when the occupants of the ‘plantation’ woke up.

      Whitewall in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      Kanye is not a factor in politics. He is, however, a factor in the culture and that is his danger. Liberals control the culture, not conservatives. Politics are down-stream from culture.

      I have 72 years of “retrospection” to work from and you don’t even know me. That does not seem to prevent you from scribbling on as if you do know me.

      Trump isn’t “hardly” a conservative, he isn’t a conservative, and therefore how he treats anyone is irrelevant.

      And you don’t think the rise in Trump’s popularity among black people will be reflected at the polls? You don’t think an extra 10% of black people who either vote Republican or at least don’t show up to vote for Democrats could cause major shifts in the results?

To be consistent, I think this whole citizen Kanye thing is another ‘shut up & sing’ moment, but I’m silly that way.

However, me also thinks that Kanye simply pulled back the curtain on an underlying truth held by many black folks: Trump was already admired & respected. For decades Trump was an icon of hiphop & rap as a ‘grab em by the rosebud bling meister’ which many of these artists also aspire to be.

But there’s also a lot of haters out there who vomit violent rhetoric.

The Obamanoids spents years cultivating their garden of noxious narrative weeds which choked out or destroyed any competitors. Too many people got too used to eating those thorns and thistles.

Trump is a brush cutter coupled with industrial strength weed killer, so maybe Kanye is simply more evidence that the field is finally being cleared.

    YellowGrifterInChief in reply to locomotivebreath1901. | May 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I guess the Birther movement wasn’t about hate.

    The Tea Party movement wasn’t exactly a loyal opposition. Was it? It was hate; including pictures of Obama with a Hitler mustache.

    So fight. Call yourself one of the good guys. Its a free country and you have freedom of speech. Try not to be surprised when more than 50% of the people in this country disagree with you. Many of them think you are the h8tr.

      What a funny little yello snek, you are, forever gazing at your own reflection…

      You Libs are still hurt because someone asked Obama to do what he apparently could not and that was provide a birth certificate that could not be dismantled by a fledgling Geek in thirty seconds and per usual the Libs response was “Racism”!

      tom_swift in reply to YellowGrifterInChief. | May 5, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      I guess the Birther movement wasn’t about hate.

      It was about the rule of law in the United States.

      And still is.

      The birther movement in its original Democrat incarnation may have been about hatred, but in the form it took among Republicans it was about a genuine curiosity in why he was so stubbornly refusing to release his full birth certificate and what he might be hiding, together with shock that presidential candidates don’t have to prove their eligibility. What’s to stop a 34-year-old from simply claiming to be eligible, and running?

      The TEA Party movement was not about hatred, it was about anger at 0bama’s actual actions. If he was once or twice portrayed as Hitler-like, it was because he was behaving in a somewhat Hitler-like manner. Years earlier a Democratic rag had invented out of whole cloth a quote supposedly by W Bush that the constitution was nothing but a piece of paper; 0bama acted as if that was what he actually believed.

    Hey locomotivebreath1901…To be accurate, in Kayne’s case it’s not “shut up and sing”…..It’s “shut up and rap”. 🙂

    I saw a video where Kayne actually sang…and He Can’t Sing!!!!

    People can debate politics all night and day, but there’s no debating this fact…..Kayne Can’t Sing!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe this is just a marketing ploy….Kayne could trying to capture the lucrative “old white guy” crowd!??!!??!

      oldgoat36 in reply to tgrondo. | May 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      I never understood how Kanye got anywhere with his “music”, but it’s part cultural and the look. He can’t sing without autotune but he doesn’t have to.

      I am no fan of his, but it still takes guts in that artificial world to speak out against the National Socialist party. He might reach some, though too many of his followers and groupies won’t have the reading skills to understand Sowell. The fear the left have is that others might take up his call, and put it to foul language based rap or whatever the current “music” is, and that can have huge changes.

I also suspect Kanye has given blacks permission to point out Obama did little for them.

Kanye was the first with a loud enough voice to cry out, “The Emperor has no clothes!!”

No amount of shushing will set back the clock.

    elle in reply to elle. | May 5, 2018 at 11:49 am

    “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a story by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new “clothes”, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

      YellowGrifterInChief in reply to elle. | May 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      I’ve seen Trump play golf. His weavers have convinced him he looks good and his sycophants see a man fit to be President.

        As an intellectually dishonest troll who merely regurgitates marching orders emailed to you each morning, your particpation is uninteresting, and quite boring.

        Your remarks are pathetically predictable, and your pathological lying is transparent to everyone with brains enough to visit a blog like this. (Except Hillary klinton cheerleader, Stormy Ragspierre.)

        You put the the ‘sick’ in sycophant.

        Trump Accomplishments:

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to elle. | May 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      That describes His Pompousnass Obama to a T.

Henry Hawkins | May 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

I’m waiting for that Trump speech where he steps up to the mike, but Kanye bumps him aside, saying, “I’mma let you talk in a minute…”

Another example of a thread where YGIF hijacks the comment section and ruins the author’s intent.

Ban YGIF. No excuse to allow pure trolls to infect these pages.

    Halcyon Daze in reply to Tom Servo. | May 5, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Don’t be hard on David Brock. He does the best he can.

    “No excuse to allow pure trolls to infect these pages…”

    True. Kind of like throwing drunks out of a bar to keep the place respectable.

    Ragspierre in reply to Tom Servo. | May 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    What “excuse” does the Prof need for doing or not doing anything here on his blog?

    IF you can’t deal with ANYBODY who posts here, you’re a pretty weak sister.

Rags and Grifter may end up like Phillip Jennings on The Americans. By having to spend a lot of time here, it is possible that seeing other views might cause them to start questioning some of their own ideology. Old Phillip was having a hard time staying true to the cause while driving his new Camaro. There is some hope for Rags and Grifter then, unlike their brethren who can’t look outside of the approved CNN/MSNBC propaganda machine. Every time I see someone in PDX reading the NYT, I politely ask them if the editors have stopped lying yet, as they promised to do after acknowledging that fact with the polls prior to November 2016. I take their anger as an affirmation that they don’t in fact like being lied to. Yeah, Rags and Grifter are annoying, but I am sure that they suffer more from their presence here than we do. I treat them like drug addicts, a population of people who voluntarily cause themselves far more harm than could ever wish on anyone. Or vegans protesting outside a really good burger joint. To be a liberal these days means living life 24/7 as a victim of DJT. So rather than being angry, show some compassion. They will either get better, or go away once they realize that their needs are not being met. Either way, problem solved for those who show a little patience.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to MajorWood. | May 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    “They will either get better, or go away once they realize that their needs are not being met.”

    Rags has posted here for about a decade. Were you speaking in terms of centuries? Millenia?

    Looking forward to your efforts to address Rags’ arguments, instead of this simpleton ad hominem.

    Ragspierre in reply to MajorWood. | May 5, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    My ideology is always conservative.

    For that, I’m often assaulted by posters here who are quite open in their anti-conservatism.

    I’m told that my principles are out-dated. I’m told that my principles are, if fact, “treason”, “cowardice”, “Taliban-like” and even “criminal”. Yet they are my principles and I still espouse them.

    I’m assailed by people who assert that there are no such things as natural rights. I hold that there are.

    I am told, very soberly, that the conservative movement has done noting for America. That now we must eschew conservative values in support of the moral equivalent of war (MEOW). That I’m a fool…or much worse…for not joining the tribe of rightist Progressives.

    Yet, I am a happy warrior! I LOVE distressing the cult of personality the vaunts T-rump as savior! I rejoice in asking hard questions that penetrate the GroupThink of the tribe. I delight in reasoned argument, and take pleasure when the only response is name-calling and bullshit like that of MajorWoods.

    It all OK by me. I can deal with it. I know what I’m talking about, and who I’m talking about. It’s all objective, rational, and true.

    I will now be called MORE names and happy bullshit.

    Remember, I have an MBA with emphasis in marketing. I could lead the threads here in up-votes with no trouble at all. I don’t because I have integrity, and what I say needs to be said.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | May 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      I’ve been posting here since 2011 and have witnessed the entire play-out. It was all argument/counter-argument posting till you dared to refuse to support Trump. Instantly all the ad hominem began for this crime. I got the same treatment for honestly expressing why I had a hard time supporting Trump.

      Commenters who feel they know you well enough to cast ugly aspersions regularly call you a Hillary Clinton supporter, which is the most ridiculous accusation I’ve ever seen here. I have never read a single word of yours that supported Hillary and read plenty that excoriated her for all her corruption, insider snakiness, and reptile-like personal affect. But no, to many here you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Hillary fanboy, all evidence to the contrary be damned. This establishes that such diatribe is emotionally, not rationally, based, a direct result of you refusing to honor Trump.

      There’s a common human behavior in effect here wherein if you can’t refute a poster’s arguments nor accept their refusal to assume your worship of Trump, well, you have to change reality a bit. The bad guy is, in the online comment section arena, made nonhuman, depersonalized. He is labeled a troll, a closet liberal, a Hillary supporter, etc. The purpose of this is to justify (1) refusing to argue on the merits, arguments usually lost, and (2) responding with nothing but ad hominem, because the enemy’s dehumanized state makes it okay now. The same behavioral dynamic is seen with people of all cultures in times of war. North Viet Namese become gooks, Chinese become chinks, etc. Depersonalization helps justify killing the enemy, needed even when rational reasons to kill exist.

      By virtue of having posted here almost as long as has Rags, I’ve argued with him more often than any of you. He never went ugly with me and I never responded thus. It’s not hard.

Don’t worry Rags, we all know that you “take pleasure when the only response is name-calling and bullshit”

That’s your MO.