President-elect’s plan shares space with recent headline: “Janet Jackson’s Crackhead Ex-Husband Was on Growing Up Hip Hop Last Night Spilling Tea About Their Secret Baby!”
By Sheryl Estrada
President-elect Donald Trump has created a 10-point plan to outline his policies for the African American community. The day after Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, his surrogates reached out to the gossip website MediaTakeOut.com on Friday to distribute the plan to its readers. The website, owned by Fred Mwangaguhunga, says it is “the most visited African American website in the world.”
MediaTakeOut states that “Trump surrogates asked us to deliver this ‘New Deal’ to our readers. It’s the President Elect’s olive branch to Black people.”
The 10-point plan, called “Donald J. Trump’s New Deal For Black America With a Plan For Urban Renewal,” is an outline of policies Trump first proposed at a North Carolina campaign rally in October.
It includes school choice, creating safe communities, stopping trade deficits, equal justice under law, tax, financial and trade reforms, ending illegal immigration and new infrastructure investment. Much of the plan is already a part of his 100-day action plan “Donald J. Trump Contract With The American Voter.”
The “New Deal” for African Americans also includes policies specific to inner cities:
“We will invest in training and funding both local and federal law enforcement operations to remove the gang members, drug dealers, and criminal cartels from our neighborhoods. The reduction of crime is not merely a goalbut a necessity”
It also proposes equal justice under the law, “We will apply the law fairly, equally and without prejudice. There will be only one set of rulesnot a two-tiered system of justice.” And, it calls for protections for the “African-American church.” “We will protect religious liberty, promote strong families, and support the African-American church,” it states.
In Tuesday’s presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held an 80-point advantage over Trump among Blacks 88 percent to 8 percent.
According to the Pew Research Center, “Trump won white voters by a margin almost identical to that of Mitt Romney.” However, 10 percent fewer Democrats voted than did four years ago.
During his presidential campaign, Trump struggled with gaining the support of Black voters. His remarks on the campaign trail, including remarks thatAfrican Americans live in ghettosand are uneducated, and asking Blacks the proverbial question “What do you have to lose” exacerbated his campaign’s struggle.
African American’s Question Choice of MediaTakeOut.com as ‘Olive Branch’
MediaTakeOut’s content is celebrity gossip and is well known for its sensational stories. One of its current headlines is “Janet Jackson’s Crackhead Ex-Husband Was on Growing Up Hip Hop Last Night Spilling Tea About Their Secret Baby!” Kim Kardashian West filed a federal lawsuit against the website in October. After an apology and retraction from MediaTakeOut, she has settled the lawsuit.
deray mckesson (@deray) November 13, 2016
Some questioned why Trump’s staff made a point of reaching out to MediaTakeOut rather than news websites or publications with a proven history of providing solid journalism to the Black community:
Trump staffer: We need a website that’ll tell the blacks about our plan.
Omarosa: I read MediaTakeOut.
Staffer: That’ll work.
ChuckyT3 (@ChuckyT3) November 12, 2016
Trump really sent his plan “for the blacks” to that fake gossip site Media Take Out. Everything is funny!
slattern (@slatt3rn) November 13, 2016
Media take out…Trump actually reached out to media take out in a non ironic manner to engage black people
Jay SlyPig (@jay_slypig) November 13, 2016
Trump’s team is making its first efforts at minority outreach, pushing a “new deal” for Blacks via MEDIA TAKEOUT pic.twitter.com/Q8r7Inaemx
Musa G. Kotoko (@MusaGKotoko) November 13, 2016