Veteran talk show host Larry Elder spoke to criticism of remarks Donald Trump made last month in Michigan. It was after riots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that Trump addressed the black American community and urged them to consider voting for him.
For decades, black Americans have been faithful Democrats. In the 2012 presidential election, some 96 percent of black Americans voted for Barack Obama.
Speaking to a largely white congregation in Dimondale, Michigan, Trump said, in an unscripted moment,"You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed -- what the hell do you have to lose?"
In a tweet today, Elder contended that Trump’s remark resembled those of Malcolm X -- the controversial Muslim leader of the black community in the United States who served as a counterpoint to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In the video that accompanied Elder’s tweet, the former Malcolm Little is heard to call his black listeners “political chumps” for continuing to support the Democrat party even though it had failed to give them what it had promised.
To applause, Malcolm X said, “Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can’t keep the promise it made to you during election time and you are dumb enough to walk around and continuing to identify yourself with that party, you are not only a political chump but you are a traitor to your race.”
When Democrats seek to “pass the buck” for inaction to the Dixiecrats, Malcolm X said that a “Dixiecrat is nothing but a Democrat in disguise.” After saying that the majority of the chairmen of essential committees in both the House and Senate, both of which were controlled by Democrats, were led by Southern segregationists, Malcolm X said “And they are going to tell you and me that the South lost the Civil War?”
Born in Nebraska, Malcolm Little - who became known as Malcolm X and ultimately as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz -- lived a life of crime and dissolution until embracing the Nation of Islam, a racist black cult founded by in Detroit in the early 20th century by Wallace D. Muhammad. He would become disillusioned with the Nation of Islam by 1964. Eschewing racism, he became a Sunni Muslim and made a pilgrimage to Mecca. After repudiating the Nation of Islam, he was murdered by three members of the sect in February 1965. The Nation of Islam is now led by Louis Farrakhan. The Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed it a hate group.
When Trump says to blacks, "What the hell have you got to lose by trying something different?," he echoing Malcolm Xhttps://t.co/8G95ARwYCp— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 1, 2016
A strong supporter of Donald Trump, Elder recently wrote a column at Townhall in which he answered a rhetorical question from a critic: “‘Don’t you ever get tired of defending Donald Trump?’" In response, he said, “It isn't that Donald Trump does not say things that are cringe-worthy. It's that his opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton, says and does things even more cringe-worthy. So forgive those who feel that Trump's supposedly "outrageous" statements are nothing more than selective outrage, double standards, and the typical "Republicans are racist" meme. Democrats routinely say vulgar, bigoted, divisive, outrageous things while getting a toll-free pass.”
Elder has had a syndicated radio show has been broadcast from Los Angeles for 20 years. A frequent critic of liberals and leftists, he is the author of several books, including “The 10 Things You Can't Say in America,” “Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies and the Special Interests That Divide America,” “What's Race Got to Do with It? Why it's Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America.” His latest book is “Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives, Eight Hours.”