MSNBC’s decision this week to host a discussion about former President Donald Trump with several black male voters from Charleston, South Carolina did not go as planned.
As seen and heard below, a number of them wound up expressing support for the network’s arch-nemesis.
The discussion occurred at a barbershop where MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee asked barbers and customers alike what Trump’s “appeal” is among them.
“Money,” several responded.
“I mean, Donald Trump has a reputation of being the money man, so,” one man, Anthony Freeman, said.
Thomas Murray, another black man, added that he’s particularly impressed with Trump’s business acumen.
“I just think that Donald Trump, in spite of all the craziness he may have in his head, reading some of the things that he talks about with business, I can kind of agree with as far as business-wise, because I’m trying to grow my business,” he said.
“As far as Biden, I haven’t seen Biden really care about business like that. And my concern is having my business so that I can build generational wealth, so my kids can see and have something to take upon when I’m not here,” he added.
He made a terrific point about current President Joe Biden’s apathy — if not distaste — for small and large businesses alike. There’s a reason why the president’s approval rating among small business owners hit a new low late last year.
— CNBC International (@CNBCi) November 25, 2023
“Since the president took office, his administration has passed or proposed rules to increase minimum and overtime wages, reclassify more independent contractors as employees, make it easier for unions to organize, mandate minimum wages and paid time off for government contractors and make it easier for employees to sue employers for their colleagues’ behavior both in and out of the office,” small business consultant Gene Marks noted in a column last year for The Hill.
“All of these regulations — and countless others expanding the reach of government agencies from environmental to agriculture to safety — place hurdles in the way of small businesses growing and succeeding,” he added.
Another black man, Juston Brown, noted during MSNBC’s barbershop discussion that many people want to be just like Trump.
“A lot of people admire the persona and they want to be him,” he said. “They want to enjoy the perks that he has. He seems to always be able to circumvent the rules.”
And finally, voter Kinard Givens said that to his friends, the choice between Trump and Biden is a clear one.
“A lot of my friends we’ve only voted once, and Trump is kind of all we know — Trump and Biden. And they’re like, ‘Well, we were broke with Biden. We weren’t with Trump,'” he said.
“And that’s kind of the only thing that I’m hearing over and over again is that, ‘with Trump, we had money.’ Well, okay, I hear you guys, but personally, morally, I couldn’t see myself,” he added.
Keep in mind that his moral distaste for Trump is likely rooted in nothing more than the media’s incessant lies about the man.
Media says crowds and enthusiasm for Donald Trump are on the decline… WATCHpic.twitter.com/4yvR2IbE4R
— Giordano Bruno (@GioBruno1600) February 1, 2024
Dovetailing back to the small business factor, the Biden administration continues to wage war on those trying to build a business.
“The Biden administration is quietly stepping up its war on small businesses through a series of new labor rules that make entrepreneurship more difficult and, in some cases, illegal,” the Washington Examiner reported in October.
“Last week, the National Labor Relations Board announced a new joint employer rule that reduces franchising and contracting opportunities. This is in addition to a rule the Department of Labor is about to finalize that would ban many forms of freelancing and independent contracting,” the paper noted.
The Examiner further noted that these new rules “will disproportionately hurt minorities, who have long used the franchise system to punch their ticket to the middle class.”
“Moreover, minority-owned franchisees tend to operate in minority-owned neighborhoods and hire minority workers, meaning this standard also would reduce minority job opportunities,” according to the Examiner.
- Trans inmate convicted of killing baby sues to wear a hijab after identifying as a Muslim woman - February 21, 2024
- Israel reminds Prince William of critical factor after royal call ‘to see an end to the fighting’ - February 21, 2024
- American ballerina arrested in Russia, faces 20 years in prison after donating $51 to Ukraine - February 21, 2024
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.