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

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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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. PTNY

    President Barack Obama did not get most of this countries votes because he was black or that most black voted for him. He was an extreme candidate and is an Extreme President! The likes of which, Donald, you wish you could manage only a small amount of his intellect. The fact you mention Clinton, although it was Hillary, will not subliminally ever bring anyone to compare you to Bill Clinton either.
    Trump quote..."Look, I tell it like it is," ...No, this is only your foolish opinion, not the way it is! You are a fool.

    April 14, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Elijah of Texas

    "The blacks?" Did the ego driven, bad hair man really say that? Bottom line I believe he is a racist through and through. He has no relationship with the black community and will not have one unless he changes his tune of looking down on people no matter the color of their skin. Go away Trump. You are a blowhard moron!

    April 14, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. terdy, va

    Might as well have gone the Ross Perot route: "you people". Something tells me the feeling is not mutual.
    Donny just digging his hole deeper.

    April 14, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Blacks have always supported "WHITE" presidents but nobody, I mean nobody looks at that now that we have a black president. It's a very radical if not racial argument to make against blacks and minorities.

    April 14, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. David

    Your focus on the birther movement is clearly aimed at attracting support from the racist element of the republican party, your actions are empowering this extremist group. By the way another huge problem for you is womans rights, your involvement with Miss Universe (the most degrading of all pageants) and you personal history – who wants their daughters to think such a sleaze is a role model.

    April 14, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. mjw

    It's a real shame, but I am not surprise. Let him run, "the higher monkey climbs the more he expose."

    April 14, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Stacey

    Sorry, stupid Trump. You don't have a good relationship with "the blacks" (where's Trump from, South Africa?). Most of us despise you now. Your statement is delusional; but you're a BIRTHER so what did I expect? Like Palin, you're an ignorant fraud and you are despicable.

    April 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Mike In NJ

    Doug, there might be a reason for that. Perhaps the amaaaazing strides the Republican party has put forth in the past 40 years for 'the blacks,' as "Deets" (that's my little pet name for Trump – it makes dealing with his undeserved prominence easier) likes to say. Oh yeah, that was sarcasm, just in case. Or maybe 'Hairpiece' would fit better.

    What you call monolithic, others might call, having no other alternative, and also, smart. Because Republicans do SOO much for the downtrodden, the underprivileged, the poor.. you know, the places minority groups often find themselves, thanks to the generous egalitarian policies of the Republicans. Remember these familar themes? SUV Tax rebate, Bush Tax cuts for the Wealthy, Trickle down economics, Trying to repeal the Civil Rights Act, Get rid of the Immigrants, tougher criminal penalties for crack cocaine than powder... I could go on...

    April 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Kerry

    The man can't do his own hair, nevermind run a country. Wait'll he picks Sarah Palin as his running mate. It's like a really bad cartoon, and would be funny, except that it's really happening.

    April 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Calm Dog

    "Trump, you are so full of yourself." Yeah, 'yourself'... or something.

    April 14, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. annette

    another liar. if you go to atlantic city and check out the workers/barmaid/poker table workers 90 percent are white. the minorities have peon jobs, janitors/bellhops/security and maybe one or two in management.

    April 14, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Jason

    How many paraplegic friends does the man keep in his inner circle? Probably not many if at all. The reason? Repugs look at SSD as a weakness entitlement similar to welfare, while ignoring the lack of compliance of employers to hire the disabled under the ADA. So few disabled will ever make it as far as him,and so he has no reason to befriend them(if they can't be used in business alliances).

    April 14, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Grand Oil Party

    Trump is like Michael from "The Office." Just plain clueless on how offensive he is being. What a boob.

    April 14, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Independent

    And what about all the whites who over the 100 or so years have been voting for other white guys. Oh what about when all the blacks overwhelmingly vote for democrats. Or the white in the South that vote for White candidates over the black ones. No one compains about that but somehow black people voting for a black president is wrong. Well now he really can kiss the black vote goodbye.

    April 14, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Hopefully it's better than his relationship with his hairdresser.

    April 14, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. gandoman

    Why would African Americans support Donald TRUMPAHOLIC?
    I use that NAME because he is DRUNK with his own importance.
    Does he hang out with Black People?
    Does he play basketball?
    Does he subscribe to Jet magazine?
    Does he support black causes?
    AND AS TO HIS SUPPORT OF THE TEA PARTY ..... more on that below!
    Black Americans do not need a wealthy male version of Sarah Palin; Big Mouth, Big Ego, NOT Big on racial equality.
    With no Wall Street Bankers in jail, BIG OIL screwing the country & GREED paying CEO's big bucks again,
    I would hazard a guess that even the average Black American isn't so stupid as to want to elect the exact type of person who represents all of the above.

    The Tea Party is really the ..... TEA POTTY ..... & I am not talking about the BOSTON ACCENT.
    The TEA POTTY is where all good ideas get washed down the toilet, leaving only a few skid marks to be turned into TEA POTTY rhetoric.
    The TEA POTTY movement wishes to relive a certain incident which occured in Boston Harbor on Dec.16,1773.
    They somehow equate the American Colony's protest against a 'tax on tea' with the current political situation.
    In other words, they wish to overthrow the current Government & set up a White Supremacist Nation where Liberals, Gays, Blacks, Jews, darker skinned Latinos, Muslims, Buddhists & all NON-christians will have some semblence of democracy until they are slowly & inevitably exterminated.
    Except of course for those UNEQUALS who are unusually well trained & educated & can become useful in the new America.
    Professional Athletes for example!
    The TEA POTTY movement (think bowel) needs to be flushed down the proverbial sewer where it sprang up from.
    Like a new infectuous disease which gathers strength quickly & mutates, the TEA POTTIERS will eventually be destroyed by a combination of disinfectants such as the MAJORITY & MINORITY of the American People will supply.

    April 14, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. shadysider

    Stop playing to the racist demographic, Republicans. Though I expect we will get nothing more than bombastic statements from anyone looking for the Tea Party vote. First Palin, then Bachmann, now Trump. They are destroying a movement that had decent intentions before Fox/corporations/culture warriors hijacked it.

    April 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. salvatore

    I hope Trump runs as an Independent. Ralph Nader deserves a break from being most-hated man in politics.

    April 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Thank God I am a Democrat

    "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."

    Are you kidding me? Isn't this the same thing when people point out that movements like the TEA party and such are "largely influenced by race."? When we say that they have a fit but here he says it and hiis word is bond. What a joke. F U C K him and the TEA party.

    April 14, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Donald the Dictator has a great relationship with the blacks??? as long as they work FOR him, he will have a great relationship but heaven forbid if they want to be treated as an equal.....go back to your bad TV shows and leave the politics to the grown-ups.

    April 14, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. rusty155

    It seam to me everything that come out of Donald Trump mouth Is almost Racist.

    April 14, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. golden

    I am so tired of people like Trump thinking that Obama got the black vote because he's black. That is so not true. How about Obama got a huge number of black votes and huge numbers of white votes as well because he is an intelligent man who was a breath of fresh air during the 2008 election? I am so tired of the assumption that all of us blacks vote according to race or all of us women vote according gender. That is such an ignorant point of view.

    April 14, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Sally Shaw

    Doug you are foolish. The black vote is not monolithic for the Democrats. Many black American vote republican. Make factual statements or shut up.

    April 14, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    "I have a great relationship with the blacks,".........Not Intended to be a Factual Statement.

    April 14, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. realitybites

    Trump looks Jaundiced. Yellow is more of a good word for it. No but, really, he does. Guess his Ego can't take all the poison it's having to process.

    April 14, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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