How The GOP Can Win Black Votes: Actually Talk to Black People


How should Republicans go about winning over black voters? Most of the articles I’ve seen with similar titles tend to offer a high overarching view of how Republicans should go about winning over more black voters than an actual plan on how to go about it.

What would an actual plan for this look like? How do you put into action? Where do you need to go? Who do you need to see and talk to? What arguments should you push? What pitfalls should you look out for?

The following – imagining myself advising Brad Parscale – is my attempt to answer these questions.

1. Talk to black people.

For establishment Republican campaign “experts” like Steve Schmidt, Stuart Stevens, John Weaver, etc. this means meeting with the NAACP, having a summit with the Congressional Black Caucus, etc. I, on the other hand, literally mean, talk to black people.

Note that Schmidt and his fellow high society “experts” will be among the most vociferous critics of any serious attempt by the GOP to engage with black voters.

A neutral observer of Republican campaigns for the Presidency and statewide offices in the last four decades could be forgiven for believing that there’s some sort of gentleman’s agreement between the GOP’s most elite cadre of campaign runners and advisers and the Democrat Party’s own operatives that has top Republican campaign planners, as a matter of deliberate policy, actively sabotage and shut down any meaningful attempts by their principals to challenge Democrats for the votes of blacks, Hispanics, etc.

According to reports, Rick Scott had to fight tooth and nail throughout his campaign against his own campaign staff who were unhappy at his decision to fight for the Hispanic vote during his ultimately successful Senate campaign to unseat Bill Nelson in 2018.

In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s tweets on the undeniably deplorable living conditions in Elijah Cummings’ district, Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson retraced the amazing Kim Klacik’s footsteps and took a walking tour of West Baltimore, speaking to dozens of Cummings’ ignored constituents.

The Trump Campaign should do something similar, but push it a step further and invite selected residents from West Baltimore and similar blighted minority-majority neighborhoods across the country to a series of townhall “conversations,” including, I suggest, a few at the White House. Two to three times a month. I’d advise that they are catered events and transportation should be offered to a select number of invitees who wouldn’t be able to make it otherwise.


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  1. MichaelKennedy Inactive

    rgbact (View Comment):
    he’s instead set us back decades.

    How?  TDS or do you have reasons?

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  2. WI Con Member
    WI Con

    It’s a tough nut to crack. I’d argue working the information track. I could see a GOP sponsored information system that local candidates could link to where information like school rankings, student proficiency/graduation rates, crime statistics (not only say, gun crimes but gun prosecutions by city/state attorneys) , property values abandoned property counts, , taxes, home owners & vehicle insurance rates, unemployment rates). those types of information could be mixed/matched by zip code. Once that zip code is in: citizens could see what alderman/councilman, city/state prosecutor, school districts/administrators, mayors, congressional reps. AREN’T DOING THEIR JOBS! 

    I think of Chicago and how out of control that city is – I’d be curious just how many gun crimes are being solved but also prosecuted (I’m thinking of Jussie Smollett’s buddy Kim Fox). I’m betting those stats are pathetic but who pays? What neighborhoods do these thugs go back to? It’s not the Hamptons or Palo Alto. 

    I don’t know if President Trump is or is not making inroads but that ‘What have you got to lose’ statement he put out there, coupled with in your face stats/information may really soften up things.  After the initial database is set up, maintaining it would be easier. We’d get a toehold (information) on people logging in that may be open to persuasion. 




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  3. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat

    Fro what I’ve heard on radio and TV, the GOP is already winning over black voters – they are getting it.  All the Democrats need to do is let the Al Sharptons of the world keep spouting the victim mantra while Trump keeps offering solutions to today’s minorities and he wins. 

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