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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Courting the Black Vote by Insulting Every Black Person

Donald Trump in Akron, Ohio, on Monday.

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The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

Donald Trump is giving this whole “I’m not racist” thing his full attention this week! Here was his pitch to black people as delivered last night in Akron, Ohio:

What do you have to lose? Look, it is a disaster the way African-Americans are living. … We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.

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What’s interesting about this is that there is a tiny little seed of empathy for nonwhite people here. Unfortunately, that seed has been swallowed by a giant stereotype dragon. There is a difference between “the black community in what is now the United States been the subject of both de jure and de facto discrimination for some 400 years and as such is disproportionately affected by social ills such as crime and poverty” and “every predominately black neighborhood is a Robocop criminal hellscape.” Donald Trump has not quite yet grasped that difference. Our danger level remains low.

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