After three days of Trump slyly hanging in the crowd of the Republican National Convention, and making dramatic entrances, we finally were able to hear from the Donald himself. Seventy-four minutes later the Donald did not live up to the hype, as many people expected to finally hear a laid out plan of what he would do if he did in fact become president. Unfortunately, all we heard was the same rambling we have heard for months now.
However, there was a slight difference in what he was saying, instead of just making his usual outlandish and at times offensive statements, he began to try to appeal to various minority groups. He made remarks with regard to the Pulse shooting and seemed to be trying to reach out to the African Americans with his use of an African American pastor earlier in the convention. However what he failed to recognize was the intersectionality of identities. So while he attempted to appeal to members of the LGBTQ community, he still made offensive comments that Mexican immigrants were rapists. By doing this he failed to realize that many of the Pulse victims were people of color, many of which were Latino.
Furthermore, throughout his speech he began to pin minority groups against each other, as he pushed members of the LGBTQ community to be angry with Muslims, and African Americans to dislike immigrants, as he claimed they were taking their jobs from them. But what happens to the people who lie in the middle, the Muslims who are part of the LGBTQ community and the Afro-Latinos, how do they fit into the discourse that Trump is creating. No one in this world belongs to just one identity group, whether that be based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or socioeconomic status.
Although Trump seems to have begun to realize that he cannot win this election without the help of minority groups, and the offensive statements he makes are not conducive to obtaining his end goal, the hateful undertones in his speeches are still prevalent. Trump is going to have to do more than throw in some sympathetic statements to minority groups in order to win an election. As a Black woman I am not yet convinced that his statements are sincere and he has certainly not earned my vote. Trump, up until this point has catered to a very small and specific demographic and now that he has gained the nomination he has entered panic mode and is attempting to expand his reach, but it may be too late, the damage is done and for many it will be hard to them to forget the offensive things he has said for the past year.