If Democrats and black voters have issues with Republican policies, that’s totally fair. But squeezing Republicans into no-win scenarios, just to keep black voters from hearing what conservatives might have to say, and punishing them for trying, is just self-interested political chicanery. And it’s at the heart of Trump’s appeal — protecting the self-interested status quo is what so many voters are against.
To be sure, race is not the only area Democrats like to have it both ways, shaming Republicans for trying and for not trying. On poverty, Democrats complained for years that the right was disinterested in the plight of the poor, only to dismiss Sen. Marco Rubio and Speaker Paul Ryan for “suddenly” caring about the poor.
Trump is right to make an attempt with African-American voters. If he were a halfway decent candidate, he might have had a chance to peel some away from the Democrats, who have a long list of unfulfilled promises. It’s not the venue that is his problem, it’s Trump himself.