This has been a foregone conclusion about his entire plan to purchase a second term.
But the idea this is new, or even news ignores the comments by Lyndon Johnson.
Two comments by Johnson:
“I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One -
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough make a difference.”—LBJ