First it was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan who tore into Hillary Clinton, saying of the Democrat nominee, “your hand is bloody” for the way she and the Democrats have been giving “hell” to black people in America.
On top of that fiery blast from her left flank comes a surprising interview a leader of the New Black Panthers has given a local Fox affiliate in Houston about Hillary. This well-known activist has come out and agreed not only with Farrakhan but also with Donald Trump about the Democrats’ treatment of African-Americans. Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, says it time for black voters to “reexamine the relationship” they have with the Democratic Party — and “truly examine” Trump’s argument he’s been making in his quest for support from black voters.
In reference to Trump’s speech in Milwaukee, during which the GOP standard-bearer blamed Democrats for the plight of many of America’s blacks in poverty-stricken inner cities, 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.”
When later asked to clarify whether or not he supports the Republican nominee, Quanell X made it clear that he doesn’t. But he also doesn’t support Hillary, he said. “We cannot pretend like all Democrats love black people; that’s a lie.”
When it comes to securing a significant portion of the black vote, Trump faces a major uphill battle. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found his support among black voters at just 6%.
In an effort to reach out to the black community, this week Donald Trump will travel to Detroit to speak at a predominantly black church and “outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country.”
You can watch the TV interview with the Houston leader of the New Black Panthers here: