Cornel West's dishonest response to questions of Trump's economic policies helping African Americans.
Has the whole world gone mad? Maybe. But certainly a large proportion of the American politically-interested populace seems to be breeding a growing number of lunatics. The brief film clip (11:49) included with this essay reveals the degree from reality many formerly respected left-progressive spokespeople have descended driven into the madness of rampant Trump Derangement Syndrome. Cornel West, ostensibly a reasonable man, was an important spokesperson for the Bernie Sanders wing of the Dim party before HRC cheated Bernie and us of his well-earned nomination. Since then, Bernie has fallen on hard times, difficult to comprehend from his fire-eating political independence, once espousing the benefit of the many in contrast to the few. Now Bernie has sold out, licking up to HRC and in other ways (e.g., refusing to back genuine progressives like Tim Canova and refusing to condemn D. Wasserman Schultz). Cornel West used to offer reasoned arguments as to why the Democratic Socialist approach espoused by Bernie and others was logical and made social as well as economic sense.
So, I caught him on this exchange, shown on the Ingraham Angle, with Candace Owens, a full-blooded conservative. This video contains no comments by Candace Owens, so we for purposes of this essay, may disregard her economic viewpoints. The question posed by Laura Ingraham is simple: "are Trump's economic policies helping African Americans?"
Admittedly Trump is using the same slight of hand that Obama and previous presidents have done, with the accompanying distortions of the real economy. But at least the baseline is consistent. The Trump tax cut, although admittedly benefitting the rich far more than the rest, nevertheless has passed along tax savings to those lower on the wage scale. Despite delusional Nancy Pelosi calling such extra spending money crumbs, the fallout resulted in and is still resulting in more money for average people to have and spend as they choose.
What rational argument does Dr. West advance to support or criticize such improvements of black unemployment and wage gains? None. He is in a virtue-signaling bubble which does not allow him to say that the economic figures, as distorted as they may be, have improved for blacks and the economy in general. These were the same yard sticks measuring previous administrations' economic prowess (or lack thereof).
Cornel West is as delusional in his own way about realities which elude Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi et. al. They are out of touch with the common people. Most people don't give a rip about politics. But they do care about paying rent, buying food and clothes, health care, etc. The average recipient of a higher hourly raise is not going to hold his or her nose when taking that "xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, nasty" monetary benefit which somehow made its way into their pockets. They are going to spend it; they are not going to give it back. The people getting this money don't care about political correctness nor about the ever-increasing leftist based delusions.
Face it: If the economy holds and Trump keeps out of new or escalating old wars, he wins. Except for Tulsi (who is getting the wall of silence from everyone, including fellow party members) none of the Dems running so far has a semblance of rationality. Even Tulsi, were she the party nominee, which she won't be, could not beat Trump....unless.
Listen to West's deflection and word salad. Money is money, bro.