Charles M. Blow Takes on Trump’s Visit to the Black Church

by teacherken –

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and it is simply delicious.

His column today is titled Donald Trump Does Detroit and for those of us of a certain age it seems to be a deliberate reference to a porn film of another time, “Debbie Does Dallas”  (and no I am not going to link anything, but you can surely Google it to see what I mean).

Blow reminds us that before Detroit, Trump went to North Philadelphia and tried to argue that he was not a bigot and blamed the media for that image, to which Blow responds

No sir, stop right there. We are not going to allow any deflection or redefining of words here. You are a bigot. That is not a media narrative or a fairy tale. That is an absolute truth. No one manufactured your bigotry; you manifested it.

Then follows several paragraphs detailing the evidence of Trump’s repeated bigotry, and including lines such as

You are a reprobate and a charlatan who has ridden a wave of intolerance to its crest.


You are a prime example of the worst of humanity. You are what happens when incuriosity meets intolerance.

But Blow is just getting started, and now pivots to Saturday and the visit to the Black Church, starting with a reminder that the church was very far from full, a point missing from far too much of the media coverage.

Besides reminding us of the leaked script, Blow offers summaries of Trump’s remarks and then appropriately deconstructs them and translates them into plain, blunt language.

Thus we read

The speech was feather-light on policy, but what was there was just repackaged Republican claptrap that reinforced negative perceptions about liberalism and blackness.

and after quoting Trump’s remarks about “a civil rights agenda for our times” tells us the true meaning of those words:

Translation: I want to further weaken public education through more charters and vouchers. I want to flood your neighborhoods with more police because you can’t control yourselves. I want you to stop freeloading, get off welfare, and get a job.

Blow reminds us of how few votes Trump received during the Michigan primary in the Motor City.  His 26% of the Republican vote equaled 1,679 people, but the total vote in the city was immense and Trump’s just a fraction:  there were 132,602 votes, of course overwhelmingly on the Democratic side.  This leads Blow to noting that any attempt to court the Black vote while we see multiple attempts around the country by Republicans to suppress the Black vote, some so transparent (North Carolina, anyone) I might note that even the courts are finding them totally unacceptable. Blow  writes of such an attempt

The whole thing is a logical fallacy.

But we have not even gotten to the best part yet.  That is the end.

We heard Trump read a text from Holy Writ.  Blow is a man who knows his Scripture far better than Trump, and apparently better than those writing Trump’s remarks for him, which enables him to respond from the very same chapter read by Trump.

I will allow Blow to speak for himself, knowing he will not mind my quoting his final three short paragraphs:

Trump closed his speech in Detroit by quoting a passage from First John, Chapter 4 in the Bible: “No one has ever seen God but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

I too would like to close by quoting a passage from 1 John 4: “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Everything about Trump reads to me as false, and I hope that on Election Day, America exercises the gift of discernment.



Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos