by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Republican National Committee is making a concerted effort to court African-American voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The decision reflects a growing list of accomplishments President Donald Trump can credibly point to in the realm of expanding economic opportunities for minorities.
“Look at the Obama administration and the unemployment rate in the African-American community under President Barack Obama, the stagnant wages, and then [contrast that with] what President Trump has done,” Ronna Romney McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, told the Washington Free Beacon at the annual TrailBlazer Awards ceremony on Wednesday. The event, started under the tenure of former RNC chairman Michael Steele to honor Black History Month, is meant to highlight the achievements of African-American conservative leaders.
What Trump “has done,” according to McDaniel, is set in place policies to lead an economic resurgence within communities outside of the traditional GOP base. The president’s early and relentless focus on tax reform has paid dividends by creating more than 5 million new jobs and pushing the African-American unemployment to a record low of 5.9 percent. The tax cuts, combined with targeted efforts to spur economic development through the opportunity zone initiative, has led to a boost in African-American small-business ownership.