Guys, it’s not the Democrats’ fault that their failed liberal policies have done nothing to combat poverty, or increase job opportunities, for decades in the urban areas. It’s an area that Donald Trump wants to conduct outreach, or at least that’s what I take when he says he wants to help everyone. Trump says that the Democrats have taken African-American voters for a ride, and that he wants to rebuild our cities. The problem is that he’s only polling one percent of the black vote. Yet, this isn’t about Trump. It’s about what Marc Lamont Hill said about black support for Trump and former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino’s remarks that Democrats have ruined the cities and the black communities within these areas with the Left’s failed social agenda.
Hill took umbrage with this statement on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, where he said that former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wasn’t far left, and that the new way forward isn’t to boot Democrats and replace them with Republicans in positions of power within the urban areas. He also said that new policies were needed to create jobs and “change the relationship between police and community.” Oh, and that being a Democrat doesn’t make you poor, but there’s a connection between poor people and Democratic machines. Newsbusters has the clip and transcript:
DAN BONGINO: Yeah, you know, Chris, this is one of the great mysteries of my life. If I was granted omnipotence by the Lord tomorrow to change one thing, it would be to be able to walk into the black community and largely in inner cities and say, please, look at what's happening here. I mean, these communities have been ruled monopolistically by far left big government liberals for decades. In some cases since the '20s and '30s. These communities have been driven into the ground. I mean, you don't have to be a scientist to look at the evidence, the correlational evidence right in front of you. Liberalism correlates with poverty and high crime every single place it's been tried. Yet, you have some members of the black community which support the democratic party, which continues to bankrupt them. I wish I could change it. I wish the Trump campaign could as well.
LAMONT HILL: I'm going to tell you. They're democratic machines but they're not far left. Michael Nutter was the mayor of Philadelphia. No one would call him far left. I think that’s a bit extreme. It's not exactly Cuba there. The other piece of, this and you said you're not a scientist and I’m glad you said that. There's a difference between correlation and causality.
I agree, there's a connection between these very poor places and democratic machines, but being democrat doesn't cause you to be poor, being liberal doesn’t cause you to be poor. There's a bunch of top-down policies that enable this to happen. In a place like Ferguson, for example, the flight of jobs is far more important, the destruction of public housing is far more influential than who's the city councilman or who's the mayor. Although that’s not a black majority. Same thing in Baltimore. Again, we need a new way out, but the new way out isn't to just crack down on Democrats and bring Republicans in. We need new policies that bring in jobs, that bring in investment, and that change the relationship between police and community. That's not a partisan issue. That’s a much bigger issue.
Now, you can debate among yourselves the plight in our urban areas in the comments section, but the interesting part of this exchange is the police and community aspect Hill touched upon. Remember in 2013, where he said that Chris Dorner’s spree killings, in which he targeted members of the LAPD, were “exciting”? At the time, Hill said, it was “like watching Django unchained in real life.” Dorner initiated these senseless killings over racism within the LAPD that he alleges destroyed his career. It doesn’t justify killing innocent people, though Hill took to Twitter to say we all misunderstood him. When it comes to community-police relations, I think the dude who said that Dorner’s actions were “exciting” can take a back seat.
...as far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real life superhero to many people. Now don't get me wrong. What he did was awful, killing innocent people was bad, but when you read his manifesto, when you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy. He had a plan and a mission here. And many people aren't rooting for him to kill innocent people. They are rooting for somebody who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system. It’s almost like watching Django Unchained in real life. It’s kind of exciting.
He issued this apology in the aftermath:
If my words in any way caused them any pain or trauma or stress more than they're already experiencing then I offer them my deepest condolences and apologies." At the end of the segment Hill said, "If I was insensitive to the families I offer my condolences."