Republicans must follow up with black voters
The disproportionate number of African American special guests hosted by President Donald Trump at the State of the Union address made clear how very serious he is about courting the support of this community.
The question, of course, is whether meaningful change in how African Americans vote is possible or is just wishful thinking by Republicans.
Since 1964, Democrats have picked up an average of 90% of the black vote in every presidential election, and Republicans have picked up an average of 10%.
Have the Democrats served the black community so well that they deserve such disproportionate support?
I say no way.
The Council of Economic Advisers published a paper a few weeks ago titled "The Blue-Collar Labor Boom Reduces Inequality."
It highlights the incredible economic achievements among lower-income families during the Trump administration.
"(A)verage wage growth for African Americans has outpaced wage growth for white Americans," it says.
Per the data reported, "Nearly 2.5 million people were lifted out of poverty in 2017 and 2018, and the poverty rates for African Americans and Hispanics both fell in 2018, reaching new historic lows."
We're seeing historic increases in net worth among the bottom 50% of households. Employment has surged, and unemployment has reached all-time lows.