- Oct 3, 2013
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- Political Leaning
In a private meeting inside Trump Tower days before his inauguration, Donald Trump told a group of civil rights leaders something most Republicans wouldn’t dare publicly acknowledge: lower turnout among Black voters did, in fact, benefit him in the 2016 presidential election.
"Many Blacks didn’t go out to vote for Hillary ‘cause they liked me. That was almost as good as getting the vote, you know, and it was great,” the president-elect said, according to an audio recording of the meeting shared with POLITICO.
Three-and-a-half years later, those comments take on new weight, as Democrats and Republicans battle over restrictions on voting amid an historic pandemic.
Trump has repeatedly alleged, without evidence, that expanding mail-in voting will lead to massive fraud, and Republicans have filed lawsuits against a number of states attempting to do so. Higher voter turnout tends to benefit Democrats — low turnout among Black voters in key states is one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in 2016. And voting rights activists have warned that GOP efforts to limit access to absentee ballots could keep many from voting this fall, particularly Black people, seniors and others at high risk from Covid-19.
‘It was great’: In leaked audio, Trump hailed low Black turnout in 2016 - POLITICO
LOL, you have to be one stinkin' turd of a presidential candidate when you're happy you won because your opponents base didn't turn out. Of course, this comes as no surprise, because Trump already admitted in one of his rallies that low black turn out for Clinton put him in the Whitehouse.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If he wins again, it will be because the Democrats couldn't turn out their own base yet again. Nothing to do with a mythical" silent majority" or any other bull**** Trump claims, it will entirely be because Biden failed to turn out his base like Hillary did. We'll see what happens.