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Lifelong Democrat and 2016 Hillary Clinton supporter Maurice Davis, the vice president of the Flint, Mich., city council, has endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection.
In a speech at a campaign rally at a local airport headed by VP Mike Pence on Wednesday, Davis rejected the storyline that Democrats insist on pushing.
“Right now, the narrative [has] been spent–President Trump is full of hate. Let me tell you something, the Democrats [are] full of hate. I’m tired, I’ve been a Democrat, I am a Democrat, all my life, 64 years…This year, I decided to go with President Trump. I’m not a bootlicker; I’m not an Uncle Tom. I’m none of those things. I’m somebody that’s in a poor, impoverished community…”
“People are losing everything, and when Mr. Trump says ‘What the hell do you got to lose?’, he was talking to me…Only thing Maurice D. Davis got to lose is a council seat at $700 every two weeks. But this is what I got to gain: Instead of being a divided state of America, it’s time to be the United States of America,” he added.
When Pence came on the stage, he quipped that “I’m partial to vice presidents. Thank you, Maurice.” Michigan is a key battleground state that is being hotly contested between President Trump and Joe Biden.
Watch Davis’ presentation embedded below:
In further good news out of Michigan for the Republicans, GOP standard-bearer John James, a businessman, West Point graduate, and Iraq war veteran, has won the endorsement of the Detroit News in his challenge to Democrat incumbent Senator Gary Peters.
“It is an honor to have the endorsement of one of Michigan’s most prestigious and well-read publications,” James said.
If elected, the pro-Trump James would join Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as the second black Republican in the Senate.
According to some polls, James and Peters are about neck and neck going into Election Day.
Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James scores big endorsement as polls tighten https://t.co/0EjyaZcwHZ pic.twitter.com/pJ85yixhJd
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In an interview with Newsmax earlier this month, Councilman Maurice Davis emphatically distinguished Trump, who he has yet to meet in person, from all talk, no action, no accountability politicians. “He is all-man. He’s isn’t bought by nobody. He does what he wants to do, and he does it well. I admire that. He stays focused on what needs to done…Flint, Michigan, needs a Trump.”
Davis implied that Obama only gave lip service to Flint, which still apparently hasn’t resolved its drinking water crisis, while President Trump’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, Ben Carson, allocated $30 million in federal aid to the city.
“I’m tired of people speaking for poor folks that don’t have poor folks at heart. Mr. Trump will be the best thing for poor folks,” he added. Maurice Davis went to assert that a lot of African-American voters agree with him, but they keep their opinions to themselves to avoid ridicule from liberals.
Some polling data suggests that Trump will receive a much larger share of the black vote in his reelection bid than a typical Republican. The president has received praise for his outreach efforts to the African-American community, and other communities, in the context of for criminal justice and prison reform, opportunity zones, permanent funding for historically black colleges, record (pre-COVID) employment across many constituencies. Trump recently unveiled an initiative called the Platinum Plan, which includes investing $500 billion for economic development in black communities.
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