Al Sharpton stopped by Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC broadcast on Tuesday evening to give his two cents on the 2016 election, but he made little to no sense in arguing why black Americans shouldn’t vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Sharpton opened by noting that he thinks “the African-American vote has really been energized by, a, the president, and Mrs. Obama, and him tying, President Obama tying it to his legacy. and the continuation of his policies, and, frankly, by Donald Trump saying things that are offensive.”
“It’s very interesting, Rachel, that when Chris Matthews, for example, raised to Mayor Giuliani about Trump not going after the African-American vote, and the answer is, well, under Democrat mayors and others, they have not done well, in the black community in some areas.”
“He’s not running for mayor. He’s running for president,” Sharpton added with little regard for the point he was attempting to make. “So the comparison, when he says, you have nothing to lose — which is what Trump said — he’s really talking about President Obama, who he’s hoping to secede, or he’s talking about Democratic presidents.”
“He’s not running for local office, and they kind of pivot away from him as president, what would he have done for African-Americans?”
“When you couple that kind of dismissive, you have nothing to lose, and you couple that with the Obama legacy, I think that we start hearing the last several days, a lot more energy in the African-American community,” he rambled. “It would be difficult in some areas to get the same vote and the same passion that you had for President Obama, for obviously, this was history-making, for African-Americans, but you seriously are getting a lot of people saying, we don’t want to go backwards, and he clearly — Donald Trump — has, between the birther issue and between telling us that we have nothing to lose, black unemployment is half today that it was when George Bush left office.”
“We have a lot to lose, and I think a lot of people are voting because they have that in mind.”