Dontrell Miller stepped off his Trump flag adorned boat near the shores of Galveston to board the red, white and blue decorated vessel of James Clark.
“Welcome aboard, my friend,” Clark saluted his guest and handed him a beer. This was the first time the two men had ever met. But it won’t be the last.
The Miller family is Black and the Clark’s are “White-Latino-Cajun with a little French sprinkled in to boot,” Teresa, James’ wife explained.
The two families enjoyed their new comradery based on their love of boating and support of President Donald Trump for re-election.
Passing by Galveston’s Lee and Joe Jamail City Park on 61st Street, the boats eventually joined the more than 800 other floating vessels on Sunday, September 6th Labor Day weekend on the Texas coast city.
This new friendship is perhaps symbolic of hundreds of similar happenings in parades and caravans in lakes, bays, rivers and intercoastal waterways popping up throughout the United States.
Along with literally hundreds of highways, city loops, rural roads and Main Street parades, thousands of Americans are uniting in their support of a sitting president the likes of which has never seen in history.
At least 42 states reported grassroots events over the weekend known as “Trump Train,” “Rolling Flags” and “Trump2020” parades.
“Trump is bringing many Americans together,” Miller said. “We all matter together and I believe the Black vote for him will be bigger than what most people think.”
Miller could be right.
Trump received about 10% of the Black vote in 2017. Indicators show that could double in November. If that happens, it will be monumental.
Three recent polls released late last week confirm that. Emerson poll gives Trump 19% of the Black vote.
The Democracy Institute/Sunday Express poll also says 19%.
The Zogby poll reported 20%.
Black Americans are seeing unprecedented levels of economic success with record low unemployment rates, more jobs, and higher incomes.
Over 1.4 million more Black Americans have found a job since President Trump’s election in 2016.
Black poverty reached a historic low.
President Trump designated 8,760 Opportunity Zones that is now projected to spur $100 billion in private investment in minority communities.
The Trump administration established a fund to deploy $1 billion in capital funding for minority-owned businesses through the Commerce Department
Miller watched the recent Republican National Convention each night and thinks President Trump’s historic FIRST STEP ACT has been especially popular and a reason so many Blacks are “waking up” to Trump.
Over 90 percent of those who have had their sentences reduced due to the FIRST STEP ACT are Black Americans. President Trump launched the “Ready to Work” Initiative, which has helped released prisoners gain meaningful employment.
More recently Trump has successfully proposed the Second Step Act to partner with corporate America to create opportunities for former prisoners to rejoin society.
Polling analysis suggested that the rioting in cities and Trump’s law and order stance could be driving even more Black voters into his camp and robbing Joe Biden of votes from the Democratic Party’s most loyal base.
Biden’s misspeaks are turning more of Black America against him. His sincerity towards them is in serious question. “If you don’t vote for me then you are not black” is not exactly the kind of thing you say to motivate African-Americans to vote for in your favor.
Another turning moment was when President Trump invited Terrence Williams to step up to the podium next to him during a Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in October 2019.
“The media is attacking him,” Williams a respected advocate with almost one million Twitter followers told the crowd. “But when they attack him, they are attacking us. Because he is out here fighting for us. And they are harassing you, Mr. President, so they are harassing me.”
“And I want to say one more thing here. A while back, President Trump said, when he was talking to the black community, ‘If you vote for me, what do you have to lose?’ Because the do-nothing Democrats have done nothing for the black community. 2020 is around the corner and we have a lot to lose now because President Donald J. Trump has done so much for the black community.”
Black Voices for Trump, a popular political organization for the Black community has been a driving force in uniting Americans across the nation. Their membership growth is growing rapidly with now over 136,000 Facebook followers.