Trump Allies Handing Out Cash Prizes To Black Voters?

Supporters of President Donald Trump are throwing giveaways to Black voters across the country, according to POLITICO.

Allies of Donald Trump have begun holding events in black communities where organizers lavish praise on the president as they hand out tens of thousands of dollars to lucky attendees.

The first giveaway took place last month in Cleveland, where recipients whose winning tickets were drawn from a bin landed cash gifts in increments of several hundred dollars, stuffed into envelopes. A second giveaway scheduled for this month in Virginia has been postponed, and more are said to be in the works

There are more giveaways expected to come.

Critics say this amounts to buying votes, which is what most folks assume is against the law. But supporters of the President say they are following the law.

Asked about the legality of the giveaways in a brief phone interview, the Urban Revitalization Coalition’s CEO, Darrell Scott, said that most gifts were between $300 and $500, and that the group mandates that anyone who receives over $600 fills out a W-9 form in order to ensure compliance with tax law. He did not respond to follow-up questions about how the giveaways were structured and whether they met the legal standard for a charitable act.

Longtime TV news journalist Gerlado Rivera was a featured guest at the Cleveland giveaway, where he reportedly (and absurdly) compared the ongoing plight of Black men in the criminal justice with Trump’s impeachment travails. Rivera was joined by several prominent Cleveland residents, including the owner of a popular local barber shop and a city councilman.

The cash bonanzas are part of a bigger strategy being employed by Trump’s reelection campaign to draw more Black voters toward the Trump campaign.

Trump allies know that the Black vote will be crucial in not just the 2020 primaries, where Black voters are likely to decide the Democratic nominee who will take on Trump this election season; but high Black turnout in support of that eventual nominee could also spell an election less for Trump.

Many Black voters stayed home during the 2016 election after not being thrilled with either Hillary Clinton OR Donald Trump, who won the critical states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania by very small margins in part because Black voter turnout was low.

At present, its unclear how much of an impact the cash giveaways will have on Black voters, but its likely that a lot of Black folks attending the events are inclined to take the Trump dollars and vote against him anyway.

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