For Democrats, the black community has been a long-held voting bloc they could count on at every election, but now many black Americans are flooding into the Republican Party as the #Blexit movement gains steam right before the vital midterm elections.
Liberal-turned-conservative black woman Candace Owens has spearheaded the #Blexit — black exit — movement, which plays off Britain’s #Brexit effort to separate the UK from the much-criticized and controlling European Union.
She reported on Twitter Tuesday that “the #BLEXIT movement has gone much more viral than we could have ever hoped or prayed.”
“The black community has been lied to, disenfranchised, pimped out by politicians, activists, and celebrities who use us as votes in their own financial game,” said a black man in the video Owens posted. “They tell us they’re our saviors while so many of our communities sit stagnant.”
“I’m happy to see #Blexit. I think it represents a new evolution in collective free thinking and independence that will help lift our communities from the morass of decades of failed policies,” he added.
Mentions of #Blexit were going viral on Twitter Tuesday, just a week before the Nov. 6th elections, especially after rap artist and Trump supporter Kanye West designed T-shirts to help spread the word, The Oregonian reported. The shirts were handed out at the Young Black Leadership Summit in D.C. last week.
The mainstream media was forced to give ample coverage to the summit when special guest President Trump opened his remarks with comments for the media on the breaking news of the arrest of package bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc. He then moved on to praising black conservatives.
“We are free! We are free! We are free!” chanted the crowd.
The Rush Limbaugh show’s famed call screener, James “Bo Snerdley” Golden, pointed out criticism of the summit delivered by liberal black leader Al Sharpton, who seemed in complete disbelief that young black people could be promoting politics that don’t follow the Democratic Party line.
"They're in there talking about 'CNN sucks,' they're in there talking about 'build a wall.' So why do you need a young black summit to do it?" Sharpton said, according to Fox News Insider. "Because it was not a summit. It was a Make America Great [Again] rally. They used some young blacks as props, which really is an insult to them."
“I feel a lot more free,” said a black man on video about how he switched to supporting Trump. “They [Democrats] want racism to exist. They don’t want it to go anywhere.”
Many other black Americans on Twitter are spreading the word about #Blexit:
Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t help her party’s attempt to retain the black vote by joking over the weekend that all black people look alike.