Trump says he has good relationship with 'the blacks'
April 14th, 2011
12:38 PM ET
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Trump says he has good relationship with 'the blacks'

Washington (CNN) – As he continues to mull a presidential bid, or say he is mulling a presidential bid, business mogul Donald Trump is lamenting the fact President Obama appears to have locked up the black vote.

"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."

But Trump says it's a "very sad thing" such a high percentage of that demographic supports President Obama, for reasons, he believes, that are largely influenced by race. The discussion was spawned by a recent poll of New York voters that found 95 percent of black voters there approve of the president's job performance. The same poll found that the president's overall approval rating in New York stands at 54 percent.

"Look at Hillary Clinton," the reality television star continued in reference to the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. "Hillary Clinton did so much for the black population, so much and got very few votes."

"Look, I tell it like it is," he added. "Then you hear a political reporter go on and say, 'It had nothing to do with race.' But how come she got such a tiny piece of the vote. It's a very sad thing."

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  1. south side

    And I have a "good relationship" with "the whites". I even have one as a friend! LOL

    April 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Shabazz from Detroit

    Obama still has the Patriot act so he & Bush can be Amerikkka's version of Egypt's DICTATOR Mubarik!

    where are the outraged Dems? Obama/Bush Barney Frank/John Conyers/John Bheoner/Michell Bachmann Chris Dodd/Mitch McConnell ALL OF THEM TOOK WALL STREET BANKER DONATIONS........ OIL/COAL INDUSTRY DONATIONS




    April 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Superhiro

    Dang... I almost feel bad for the GOP. This guy is their frontrunner right now. How sad is that?

    April 14, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. WTH?

    Wacky Donald: No. Do not count on "the Blacks" to vote for you, Dude.

    April 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Cfrench

    "the blacks"? What the hell does "the blacks" mean? Are they some kind of thing? Not human? What? What about "the Mexicans"? Are they some kind of sub-human thing as well? Trump does not need to come out and say he's racist just like the rest of the tea-bagging birthers, his diarrhea of the mouth says it for him.

    April 14, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Eric

    Not all that long ago, the black vote was solidly Republican, particularly in the south.

    It's clear which party is tends to their interest better and thus, these days, they vote Democratic. Sadly, Joe pickup truck with the dixie flag is still hoping for some trickle down from the rich people for whom he gives so much political capital.

    April 14, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. edog

    Doug, your comment about using Detroit as and example is down right silly. The fact that Detroit is in a tail spin is mostly due to the large US Automakers not know how to run a company. In fact, over the last 8 years, these auto executive made such bad business choices, the city of Detroit was hurt with all the layoffs. The last time I checked, all these auto executives are WHITE.

    April 14, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Pat in IL

    Trump keeps telling us how "smart" he is, but then keeps saying dumber and dumber things. Clear example of "actions speak louder than words".

    April 14, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. gt

    at least donald isnt afraid to tell the truth... and thats refreshing...

    April 14, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Al

    Donald you once had good relationships with Black! Not anymore!

    April 14, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. BK

    I love his fake tan...

    April 14, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. hebug

    Who is he kidding? What is the basis for this "good relationship with the blacks?" Donald only values those people who are impressed with his supposed wealth and pseudo intellect. He does not enjoy a good relationship with Blacks–how many does he employ? His relationship with blacks is akin to his going to church–nonexistent!

    April 14, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Tony Z

    It's time for Americans to admit that Obama has done a good job. Obama has created more jobs in 2+ years than the previous 8. He help save the auto industry, stablize the banking industry and help solidify health care for Americans. He help negotiate the biggest budget decreases and provided an outline to save another $4 trillion over 12 years.

    April 14, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    This man is a complete idiot ! He has just jumped off the cliff ! Haley Barbour think's he has a good relation ship with them as well Donald ! Good luck with your TV gig because you just fizzled out of ever becoming POTUS ! Donald should change his last name to CHUMP !

    April 14, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Antitiparty

    Why is the black vote monolithic? Because of the Donald and his 'the blacks" comments, the birthers and the tea party folks. Why any black person would vote for a Donald Trump loving, birther embracing, tea party Republican defies logic. Hence 5% of the vote)

    April 14, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Patricia

    This is precisely what I am talking about. All this man does is run off at the mouth without thinking first. As if his stupidity had not done so already, him saying he has a good relationship with "the blacks' has personally offended me, as I am proud to be one "the blacks." I'll say again, if given the chance to be POTUS, this buffoon will offend all of the U.S. allies and the country as a whole will be hung out to dry and vulnerable to a full scale attack that would otherwise be known as WW III.

    April 14, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. The Blacks' Press Secretary

    I doubt he has such a great relationship with Black people if he refers to them as 'the blacks.'

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. AB

    Donald Trump has again demostrated that he is politically ignorant and is way out of his leaque. He does not really have a great relationship with African Americans. I seriously doubt that Trump has any truely black friends. If he had any real respect for the African American Community, he would have treated his Apprentice victor, Randall Pinket with alot more respect and would not have embarassed Pinket by asking if he(Pinket) would share his Apprenticeship victory with a young white woman who was a runner-up in the contest. Trump did not ask other Apprenticeship victors the same question and they were white. Hillary Clinton did not do anything for African Americans. Her husband Bill Clinton did somethings for African Americans and they supported him and kept him and Hillary in the White house. Trump cannot say he has a great relationship with African Americans and be associated with the Birthers–a bigoted organization.

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Moderate Sean

    Hey Doug, you said, "Did Obama really get more of the black vote than any other Democrat? Sorry but the black vote is monolithic, it is all Democrat all the time. There is no appealing to it, or campaigning for it, it is what it is. As for the results of putting all your eggs in one basket, well look at the areas that have had complete Democrat control for the last 4 or 5 decades like Detroit, you can decide if this is foolish or a smart way to vote." Well, oh smart one, the same thing can be said of the control the Republicans have over the south and portions of the inland/mid-west....let's take a look at the states who continuely ranked amonst the worst of the 50 States for their poor commitment and outcomes in education, resources for the poor/disabled, quality of life, obesity, etc...Then take at the list of the states that receive more Federal dollars then they give back....once again, the South and parts of the West. Re-examine your facts sir.

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. keeth in cali

    How much makeup does this man wear?!?

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. michaelam

    I cannot even formulate a comment. Trump's comment has left me speechlees....the blacks...Really?
    Trump-seriously, you are not ready to run a very diverse nation. Go back to your male dominated, lily white board room. Enough!

    April 14, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Gregory Leftwich

    I'm a black man, a state university and Ivy league graduate degree educated Donald, and I TELL IT LIKE IT IS.

    You won't get the black vote because you are a CON MAN. You lie or you are too stupid to know what the truth is. I don't condemn you for opposing the President. I condemn you for BLANTANTLY appealing to the Tea Party through the OBVIOUS LIE about the President's birth certificate. Even if he wasn't born in Hawaii [ and HE WAS], he's eligible to be President because of his mother. I expected you to be SMART enough to know that – Mr. so-called Billionaire. I expected you to know it without having some aide or handler tell you. Then I expected you to be HONORABLE enough not to use a RED HERRING to DENIGRATE the President of the United States.

    Black folks don't like LIARS and CON men. I'll back an HONORABLE welfare recipient before I'd back a Wealthy scam artist. "THE BLACKS" as you call us value a man's triumphs over unfair forces alligned against him. We value INTEGRITY.

    When Hilary Clinton was viewed by blacks as acting petty and political, she didn't get our support either. When she acts with honor, she does.

    You've already revealled yourself as petty and therefore you won't get our support, nor would Palin, nor would Cain. Romney might have gotten some if he hadn't tried to lie about the similarities between his healthcare plan and the President's. See the consistency here. We value honor and integrity!

    April 14, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. JCB

    He will never win any votes from the Black community if he refers to us as "the blacks" but it did give me a quick laugh to hear what he had to say

    April 14, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Frenchy

    The black vote is historically linked with the Democratic Party. There are very few black Republicans.

    April 14, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Annie

    All I can say is "Wow"

    April 14, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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