Black Trump Voter

MSNBC Analyst Suggests Black Voters Are Shifting to Trump Because of “Disinformation”

DCNF(DCNF)—The New York Times’ Mara Gay on Tuesday suggested a main factor for the increase in black voters backing former President Donald Trump is that they are vulnerable to “disinformation campaigns.”

CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten on Monday said Trump is “careening towards a historic performance” with black voters in the 2024 election as President Joe Biden loses younger African Americans “in droves.” Gay on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said her “instinct” is that all voters, including black Americans, are falling for “disinformation” and that there may also be a gender and economic element to Trump’s gains.

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“I actually think that this is a phenomenon that needs to be better understood,” Gay said. “I think that the behavior of black voters, even in just polls right now, is quite interesting … I think the answer is that we don’t know everything yet, and we’ll certainly find out more in November. My instinct is, first of all, that people forget black voters are just like all voters. They too can be susceptible to disinformation campaigns. Black men especially, because there is a divide, by the way, in this polling in behavior between black men and women and their interest in Donald Trump. Black men may be attracted to Trumpism more than black women. That would be consistent with what white voters as well. So that’s another parallel to look at.”

MSNBC host Ana Cabrera pressed Biden’s 2024 campaign communications director Michael Tyler on Monday about polls indicating black voters were abandoning him, as well as voters in general disapproving of how the president is managing the economy.

“I do think that this idea that there’s going to be a wave of black voters voting for Donald Trump is highly unlikely because black Americans know that Donald Trump is a racist, and so I think that’s something they understand implicitly,” she continued. “At the same time, I also wonder if the Biden campaign’s consistent messaging overall about the strength of the economy, especially and how good things are, while that may be true on Wall Street and indicators the economy looks strong, black Americans in their daily lives aren’t always feeling that.”

“So when they don’t hear their concerns and their lives and their interest represented in that campaign, it does, I believe, just talking to voters, it really does trigger this sense that they’re being left behind, that they’re being taken for granted and I think the Biden campaign and Democrats in general are going to have to work harder this time to get that base to turn out,” Gay concluded.

Political commentator Bakari Sellers on Monday rejected polls suggesting Trump’s surging black support, claiming, “Donald Trump is not going to get 20% of the black vote. He’s simply not.”

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