Hillary Clinton spoke to a conference of Black and Hispanic journalists last week, leaving some wondering if she used her time wisely.
“Speaking to the largest gathering of minority journalists in the United States, Clinton had the opportunity to influence the next 90 days of stories, op-eds and think pieces,” Jason Johnson wrote for TheRoot.com.
“At the same time, the NABJ/NAHJ had the crucial opportunity to ask some tough probing questions of Clinton who has avoided a lot of tough questions from people of color as Trump sucks up most of the press attention,” he said. “Did either side accomplish its goal? In the end I believe both the NABJ/NAHJ conference and Clinton weren’t up to the challenge.”
After her speech to the NABJ/NAHJ convention, some asked whether Clinton would appoint an African-American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court? Great question. Journalists didn’t get an answer because the question was never posed.
Still, Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, talked about how the economy impacts African-Americans and Hispanics.
“And you know very well, it’s been said that when the economy catches a cold, communities of color get pneumonia,” Clinton told the crowd.
“The unemployment rate among Latino and African-American youth is significantly higher than for whites,” she said. “We’re going to do more to help Black and Latino entrepreneurs get access to capital, so they have a real chance at turning their ideas into thriving businesses.”
While Clinton courted Black journalists last week, a historically Black church in Charlotte, North Carolina rallied around Donald Trump’s candidacy. Trump, the Republican nominee for president, declined to speak to the NABJ/NAHJ conference, choosing instead to have his family and surrogates court Black parishioners in North Carolina.
Church members at Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries announced its support for Trump Sunday and clapped as Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, and former The Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault praised him.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds just one percent of Black voters support Trump. Even former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has more support among blacks. Duke received 14% among Black voters for his U.S. Senate run, according to the University of New Orleans’ Survey Research Center.
The grand-daughter of the church’s founder, Katrina Rodgers, is supporting Trump. Rodgers told ABC affiliate WSOC-TV that she knows the decision isn’t popular and the church has already been criticized.
“This is what we feel in our hearts of hearts that is right for us to do so we’re moving forward on that,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers, appearing on CNN, responded to a question of whether Trump paid the church to endorse him.
“There was absolutely no exchange of funds, no favors given,” Rodgers said. “We actually reached out to Trump’s North Carolina state director, who even prior to him being a state director for Donald Trump, he was the Republican African-American engagement office here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and so we had already established a relationship.”
But Trump’s family can’t remember to stay on message.
In an interview on CNN about the support from Rodgers and the Black church, Fredricka Whitfield asked Lara Trump about the church’s Facebook page that compared Hillary Clinton to “an abusive ex, one that you already know left you broken and wounded.”
Trump tried to take Clinton to task but ended up embarrassing herself.
“I had nothing to do with the Facebook page but what I’ll tell you is that there’s a famous quote that says….” she said. “Wait, I forgot my quote!”
The quote Trump meant to repeat was from Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Sounds like the perfect slogan for the erratic Trump campaign.
What do you think?