Financial advisor Dawn J. Bennett recently interviewed Niger Innis on her show Financial Myth Busting with Dawn J. Bennett. Innis is the national spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), as well as an MSNBC commentator and political consultant. In the interview, Bennett and Innis discuss a common question many Americans have: Is it inevitable that Donald Trump will be the next president?
Innis says he thinks Trump being the next president is a real possibility. Innis, who is also the Chairman of Tea Party Forward, said, “We’re [Tea Party Forward] not quite sure just yet about Donald Trump, we’re all supporting him now, now that Ted Cruz has dropped out, and we certainly prefer Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, but we’re certainly not sure if Donald Trump is going to be a Constitutional Conservative or could he very well be a big government Conservative.”
He continued, “So that even if he makes the choices that we would like, how he executes those choices, through executive orders or through running roughshod over Congress and not recognizing the separation of powers, is something that would concern us, that wouldn’t concern us as much with a Constitutional Conservative like Ted Cruz. On the flipside though, what thrills the Tea Party about Donald Trump is his ability to confound the media, his ability to not only circumvent the media, the establishment media, but to actually shape and confront the media and get them to talk, to say his talking points as opposed to him playing from their song sheet.”
Despite his chokehold on the media, Trump has been more unpopular with minorities than past Republican candidates. In order to win the minority vote, Trump would need to undo the damage that’s been done. Innis thinks he’s already begun and could appeal to the Black community.
According to Innis, “I actually think where Trump has the ability to again confound conventional wisdom is actually in the black community. I think his talk of building a wall, the economic American nationalism that he promotes, it’s something that would appeal greatly to a number of black Americans. Particularly, we hear in this election and we see it and we often say that it’s a reflection of angry white males—Trump’s popularity. But the little hidden story is that is not talked about as much is that there are a lot of black males and Latino males that are angry too, that are unemployed or underemployed and want an opportunity to earn a living and be breadwinners for their family.”
Innis also notes that Trump has reached out to Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, Head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a good friend of his. The organization represents around 30 million Latino Evangelicals nationwide. Trump addressed them recently, said Innis, and “gave a very conciliatory message.”
“He didn’t contradict himself in things he had said before. He just said that his message and my agenda of bringing jobs back into the country is going to be something that uplifts the Hispanic community,” Innis told Bennett.
So will Trump take over the White House? Only time will tell.
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