Just when you think you’ve heard it all in this crazy presidential election campaign, there’s this: a New Black Panthers leader agrees with Donald Trump about the Democrats’ treatment of blacks in America.
Quanell X, leader of the NBP Party in Houston, says it time for black voters to “reexamine the relationship” they have with the Democratic Party — and “truly examine” Trump’s outreach to the black community.
In reference to Trump’s speech in Milwaukee, during which he blamed Democrats for the plight of many of America’s blacks, Quanell X said:
“Let me say this to the brothers and sisters who listened and watched that speech. We may not like the vessel that said what he said, but I ask us to truly examine what he said, because it is a fact that for 54 years, we have been voting for the Democratic party like no other race in America.
And they have not given us the same loyalty and love that we have given them. We as black people have to reexamine the relationship — where we are being pimped like prostitutes, and they’re the big pimps pimping us politically, promising us everything and we get nothing in return.”
Quannel X also had a few thoughts about America’s first black president:
“Barack Obama, our president, served two terms. The first black president ever. But did our condition get better? Did financially, politically, academically, with education in our community, did things get better?
Are our young people working more than what is was before he came into office? The condition got worse. So now we as black people have to do and remember what the honorable Elijah Mohammed said. No politician can save the black community; we’ve gotta do it ourselves.”
Regardless of whether Quannel X is right, Trump faces a major uphill battle: a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found his support among black voters at just 6%.
Trump plans to visit Detroit on Saturday, where he will speak at a predominantly black church and “outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country.”