Enthusiasm and momentum are important measures for elections, but people can never agree on how to measure them or how they impact. Endorsements are an indicator that has the power to inspire.
After not endorsing a candidate in 2016, the Boston Herald formally endorsed President Trump’s campaign. They said Joe Biden’s platform was “a risky love letter to social justice warriors and those who believe capitalism is the root of all evil.”
They described Biden’s platform as a “potluck of agendas pushed by far-left party members” – including the creation of a commission to recommend and study reparations. They noted that before Covid-19 Trump’s economy was “going gangbusters,” with a historically low unemployment rate, particularly among minority communities. Trump seeks to put America first in every avenue — “trade, defense, the courts and, again, the economy.”
Ben Shapiro, Glenn Beck, Dave Rubin, Tim Pool, Democratic Ohio State Representative, Bernadine Kennedy Kent, Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones, and Senator Mike Lee, who did not support President Trump in 2016 have also given their endorsement for 2020.
Democrat City Council member from Flint Michigan endorses Trump
Maurice Davis – Vice President of Flint City Council, Michigan, lifelong Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, endorsed President Trump Wednesday. In an illuminating speech alongside Vice-President Pence, he said it is Democrats, not Trump who are full of hate. “We’re tired of suffering and nobody giving a damn about poor folk. President Trump reached out with nothing but love for you all over this nation. This year, I decided to go with President Trump I’m not a bootlicker, I’m not an Uncle Tom. I’m none of those things. I’m somebody that’s in a poor, impoverished community.”
Next up, rapper Lil’ Wayne signaled his support for President Trump with a tweet and photo. “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.” The Platinum Plan is a plan that rapper/actor Ice Cube reportedly helped the Trump administration develop.
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. ???????? pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
Ice Cube had wanted to meet with both the Trump and Biden campaigns to discuss an “agenda for black Americans and his blueprint ‘Contract with Black America‘ to achieve racial economic justice.”
The contract has 13 different areas to be improved like – bank lending, prison reform, police reform, and the elimination of all confederate monuments. The Biden campaign would only discuss matters after election day, but the Trump campaign reached out and incorporated some Contract with Black America elements, into the White House’s Platinum Plan. The Platinum Plan aims to “increase access to capital in black communities by almost $500 billion,” create 500,000 black-owned businesses, 3 million new jobs, better education access, job training, and protecting jobs and communities.”
Rev. William Owens
Civil rights leader and Christian activist Rev. William Owens also endorsed Donald Trump for president Tuesday. The founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) said, “President Trump did something that few other politicians do, he sought out the opinion of a variety of African American leaders and he listened to what we had to say. Then he supported policies and programs that have real potential to help Black families.” Rev. Ovens mentioned the First Step Act and “increased funding for historically Black colleges and reduced Black unemployment,” and said, “President Trump is offering hope and a real plan to help African Americans.”
While Mr. Biden and the Democrats continue to take the Black vote for granted, offering nothing more than empty promises and more government dependency, President Trump is offering hope and a real plan to help African Americans. #Election2020
— Rev. William Owens (@caapusa) October 28, 2020
Golfer Jack Nicklaus’ endorsement came via a letter. He wrote: “through the years, I have been blessed to personally know several Presidents on both sides of the aisle. All were good people. All loved their country. And all believed in the American Dream!”
“I have had the privilege over the last three and a half years to get to know our current President and I have been very disappointed at what he’s had to put up with from many directions, but with that, I have seen a resolve and a determination to do the right thing for our country. He has delivered on his promises. He’s worked for the average person. In my opinion, he has been more diverse than any President I have seen and has tried to help people from all walks of life – equally.”
“You might not like the way our President says or tweets some things – and trust me, I have told him that! – but this is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism policies and the people they impact. His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first has come through loud and clear.”
Jack, this is a Great Honor. Thank you! https://t.co/60WWISm5hs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020
NFL star quarterback, Jay Cutler gave his seal of approval and endorsement by sharing Jack’s letter captioned “sign me up.”
Finally, in a statement and devastatingly accurate critique of Joe Biden, former Press Secretary for G. W. Bush, Ari Fleischer endorsed Donald Trump. He regards, Biden’s terrible allegation during the 2012 campaign that Republicans under Mitt Romney wanted to place African Americans “back in chains” as one of the most appalling and low race-baiting statements ever made.
He went on to say, Biden has many conflicts of interest that we do not know enough about because the media declines to dig into them. He referenced Biden’s lies about receiving a full scholarship to law school and false claims that he finished in the top half of his class when he finished near the bottom. Lies about being arrested in South Africa.
Perhaps the most important fact for Ari though was that Biden is weak. “He will not stand up to the left as he changed his positions with abortion and crime. He will not stand up to China and given the fact that he conducted only one or two public events a day before the coronavirus, I have doubts in his ability to endure the burden of the presidency.”
Maybe endorsements for President Trump seem important because the mainstream media would have people believe the caricature they draw, of someone unworthy of endorsement. The impact will be known soon.
Carol King received a first-class BA (honors) in History and Politics from Stirling University, along with an exceptional commendation for a study on US public opinion and Foreign Policy. She also completed a year of study at University of London before taking up a Graduate Proctor Fellowship at Princeton University. She further completed a MPhil in American Politics at Dundee University. Aspiring to be a writer/commentator on American politics, she now writes for UncoverDC.