When liberals joke about politics nowadays, there’s more than a germ of truth to their observations, especially when the target is Donald Trump. Take the joke cracked over the weekend by far-left civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, who has made a living of late by raising money from rich Democratic donors to buy women willing to claim they were sexually harassed by Trump. (Bloom is the daughter of legal vulture Gloria Allred, demonstrating once again that age-old adage about the apple, the tree, and relative distance.)
On Sunday, CNN producer Ryan Struyk tweeted out the findings of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that 3% of black Americans now approve of the job Trump is doing, while 93% disapprove. Bloom tweeted back, “Only black people should be allowed to vote.”
Only black people should be allowed to vote. https://t.co/TdOKWLz3E6
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) September 2, 2018
Before turning to Bloom’s “joke,” a word about the poll is in order.
First, the ABC News/Washington Post poll often tilts lower than other surveys when it comes to Trump’s job approval. The current Real Clear Politics average of polls has the president’s approval rating at 41.8% as opposed to ABC News/Washington Post’s 38%. Much of this relates to the use of “loaded” language in the survey questions.
In the case of black voters, the disparity between ABC News/Washington Post and polls that tend tilt in the opposite direction is abnormally high. A Rasmussen poll conducted last month showed Trump’s approval rating among blacks at 29%, a 14% jump from the same month of the previous year.
If that’s not enough to arouse suspicions, another poll taken last month found Trump’s approval rating among blacks to be 21% — not as high as Rasmussen, but much closer to that percentage than to ABC/WaPo’s 3%. But what is even more significant is the organization that sponsored the survey: the NAACP.
As for Bloom’s joke, liberals — and especially blacks who remain steadfast Democrats — should take her dedication to the cause with a large grain of salt. When the New York Times broke the story in October 2017 that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been paying off sexual harassment accusers for decades, the story contained deep within its bowels a statement by a lawyer advising Weinstein claiming “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.” That lawyer’s name? Lisa Bloom.