For most people of color who believe Donald Trump is an unworthy racist of re-election, the Republican president may point to Alice Marie Johnson.La African-American grandmother had spent 21 of her 64 years of life behind bars for a nonviolent drug-related crime until Trump commuted her sentence in 2018.Johnson later became the unwitting star of a campaign message from the intern during the Super Bowl at a cost of $10 million and which included images of the emotional release of the woman who praised «Donald John Trump.»
To get the latest news about coronavirus, sign up by clicking on this space and we’ll send you the information instantly»I’m an African-American and he signed my freedom. How could I turn around and make sure he’s a racist?» Johnson said last week in an interview. «I think people should be judged on their actions.» As the next phase of the presidential campaign begins, Trump’s team is betting that his actions, rather than his words, on issues such as criminal justice, education, and abortion, allow him to erode the overwhelming advantage Democrats have with African-Americans, Latinos, and women. This double-edged plan has tens of millions of dollars funding, an extensive field program, and a complex digital operation aimed at taking away from the Democratic Party any fraction of voters who make up its electoral base. Trump’s strategy has its complications because he has been at the helm of the country during the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately ravaged minority communities. It is difficult to overlook his divisive record on immigration and racism issues. Trump said there were «very good people on both sides» from the tragic 2017 protests against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his government has separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents on the Mexican border.In interview, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Derrick Johnson, did not squander Trump’s course in front of COVID-19 and its aftermath in the black community to predict that the officer’s inability to control the pandemic could «overshadow any other matter» ahead of November.» It’s all the president’s responsibility,» Johnson said. «It’s not a partisan critique, it’s a criticism of leadership. This nation lacks the leadership needed to contain the pandemic so that Americans in all communities are safe.» According to recent polls, most Americans agree that Trump’s response to the pandemic has been too slow.