Live from Virginia Tuesday morning on The John Fredericks Show – weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream – host Fredericks welcomed Founder and President of the Legacy Repubublicans Alliance, Corrin Rankin to the show.
During the show, Rankin explained what she saw taking place on the ground during recent visits to cities in the US witnessing a surge in Black voters volunteering and getting involved with the Republican Party.
Fredericks: Joining me now on the John Fredericks Radio Network is Corrin Rankin. Now Corrin has an interesting history. She’s an African American and has been active for a long time in Republican politics. She runs the Independent Women’s Forum. And she’s founder and president of the Legacy Republican Alliance. She’s with us now. Welcome to the show, Corrin, great to have you.
Rankin: Thank you. Thanks so much for having me. I’m also an advisory board member for Black Voices for Trump.
Fredericks: I’ve got polling all over the place. The top of the polls we’ve got Emerson and Zogby saying that Trump right now is getting 15% to 20% of the black vote. On the southside Rasmussen has him at 7%. So there is a wide range. If he gets 15% to 20% of the vote he wins in a landslide. Where are we right now with the president and the black vote, Corrin Rankin?
Rankin: Well I can tell you from being on the ground. I’ve been traveling lately. I’ve been to Nevada going to the Black Voices for Trump offices there. And I can tell you just being in Nevada, and last week I was in Ohio and hit Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, today I’ll be flying out to Milwaukee.
So what I’m seeing on the ground is just a definite increase in black participation and support within the black community. It seems like once we open these offices and it invites more black people to come in and ask questions. I’m seeing more black people volunteering to walk precincts then I did in 2016.
Just my personal polling and being on the ground with the grassroots volunteers, I’m seeing an increase. Also in Florida, states like these where you haven’t typically seen Black people involved at this rate, and this volume its happening this time around.
I think it’s just a lot of the policies and the accomplishments that President Trump has been able to achieve over the last four years. People are beginning to see that. And putting Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee is really just doing a tremendous job at exposing exactly who he is.
There is no more veil over the first Vice President to the first African American president. A lot of his systemic and racist and bigoted policies from 1994 and beyond are really coming into the light now. And they are really on the stage for everybody to see.
And black people especially are beginning to learn a lot about who Joe Biden actually is. They are starting to do their own research and their own homework. And they are finding that the policies of President Trump are really beneficial to the black community.
Fredericks: Corrin, let me ask you this. You were a lifelong Democrat until 2009. You took over your family’s bail bond business in Northern California. What happened? What changed for you?
Rankin: What changed for me was I was disenfranchised with the Democratic party before Barack Obama came along. I was inspired, because he was black for one, and I thought he was a great campaigner and a great speaker, and I really thought he was going to bring the Democratic Party of the people and what I thought the Democratic party was at that time.
And shortly after he was elected I just saw him fall in line. And I saw the campaigner that I voted for didn’t exist anymore. So I decided, and I’m kind of a one-off here and most people don’t normally do this, but I went to the platforms of the DNC and the RNC.
And I read the platforms of the DNC, and I said, OK, maybe. Then I read the one from the RNC, and I agreed with it. It seems like how I was raised, and I was a small business owner, and it just felt right. This is what the American dream is supposed to be, and this is what we’re all here for with what I saw in the Republican platform.
Fredericks: What do you think of the Black Lives Matter movement as a whole?
Rankin: I think the movement started out with genuine people who were expressing genuine concerns and feelings about their communities and policing. I think that once it became the organization and started taking donations through Act Blue, now it’s no longer a protest. It’s a riot.
And it’s mostly white people who are destroying black communities in the name of Black Lives Matter. And you see a lot of black people who are starting to get upset about it now. Because they are starting to see that there are no more peaceful protests. Peaceful protests don’t happen after sundown and don’t involve fires and people getting killed and beat up and looting. That’s not protests – that’s a riot.
Fredericks: I mean if you look at what happened in Rochester on Friday night, and I’ve been talking about it for while today, and it really didn’t get coverage in the legacy mainstream fake news media. But when you are out to dinner on a Friday night in Rochester in upstate New York, and people just come in and turn over the tables and throw your food off the table chase you out, knock your beer over and your wine over, and nobody covers it. And it’s just part of the protests that we are dealing with now. Don’t you think there is going to be a backlash here? If I take my family to dinner and I’m terrorized, is that going to make me go to the ballot for Joe Biden?
Rankin: No. I don’t think it’s going to make people go to the ballot for Joe Biden. Because I think that everybody knows that these people that are rioting and looting are not Trump supporters. They’re supporters of Joe Biden and of the Democratic Party. And even to have Kamla Harris come out and say that we can still expect to see this rioting and looting, and they should continue, that says a lot about who is promoting this opportunity.
It’s really unfortunate. I have a lot of personal problems with this movement being called Black Lives Matter, and they are rioting and looting. Because I think it ends up contributing to a negative stereotype about black people that we are angry or violent. And I think that it’s completely unfair of the Democrats to portray this. Because like I said before, its mostly white people who are doing it.
Fredericks: Unbelievable. There were reports out after the convention last week that I was at, or two weeks ago now, that President Trump’s approval rating from black and Hispanic voters went up dramatically. 24% of black voters approve of the job that Trump is doing. That’s a rise of nine from a similar poll taken in August that Harris Sykes poll found. Obviously the RNC convention itself had a big impact on the black vote. Why?
Rankin: I think that the RNC did just a tremendous job of dispelling the Democrat notion that the Republican party is not diverse. I think that having speakers like Clarence Thomas, who sat at the lunch counters famously in our history, to have him there advocating the president and advocating for Republican policies, reminding America that the Republican party was started by the anti-slavery abolitionists, it’s a very powerful thing.
Fredericks: Where does the black vote go from here? We started the conversation with a wide disparity of polling where black voters are now with the president. From a respective Rasmussen poll with a 7% and respective Emerson at 21%. Normally you get some that say 10 and some say seven. Some say 15. Some say 21. That’s like a football game. That’s a two-touchdown spread. Where are we going with this?
Rankin: I think I would be very curious where they sampled. Because I think that it just goes along to show that they must have sampled different parts of the black community. And it just goes to once again to prove that black people are not a monolith. So I don’t know the different states that were sampled.
But like I said, from what I’m seeing on the ground, I can see with my own eyes that there is an increase. I’ve never seen this many black people join the Republican Party. I was in Ohio and I saw teachers who decided that they were going to become a Republican and decided that they were going to vote for Donald Trump.
They are in the Black Voices for Trump headquarter offices volunteering and walking precincts, and sharing their stories with me that they used to be a Democrat but the teachers’ unions wanted to make all the teachers wear Black Lives Matter. They spoke out and they lost friends.
I’m hearing stories all over and all these new people to the party who happen to be black. And they are really trying to spread the word. There is a lot of black people who are starting to really do their homework. And I think that the Trump campaign videos, campaign ads, and the historical information about what Joe Biden has done during his 47 years in politics and elected office, the harmful polices that he’s implemented like the 1994 Crime Bill. Even having on the debate stage having Kamala Harris attack him over being a segregationist and voting against school busing. I mean that hurts them. His own Vice Presidential candidate here is the one who gave him the biggest attack on the biggest stage.
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