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‘He Puts His Country First’: Congress Candidate on How Trump Inspired Blacks to Fight for Their Community

Although Trump is yet to announce whether he will run for president in 2024, some former members of his administration have pledged not to run against the 45th president. It has been more than three months since Trump left the Oval Office, but he is still perceived as the right man to lead America. What makes the Trump phenomenon so resilient?

Lavern Spicer, a candidate for the US House of Representatives shared her thoughts on the reasons behind Donald Trump’s success and explained his popularity among African-Americans.

Sputnik: How successful was Donald Trump in creating a new promising movement within the Republican Party? 

I think President Trump was very successful because what we saw in him and what I saw was a president that was pro-American, pro-United States. He put his country first and has a very patriotic spirit. He shined a light in the Democratic places, the blue districts, he shined a light and what he said to us was: “the people that you are voting for are not helping and have not helped you, you guys in 30 and 40 years”. So fight for your district, stand up and fight against the crime that’s taking place. Stand up and fight against the poverty that’s taking place. Stand up and fight for your community. And when he spoke that, we saw the effects of it, because last year for the first time you saw we had so many black candidates that ran for Congress as Republicans basically because of him. And he inspired me to run as well. 

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrives in Juba, South Sudan, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

Sputnik: And how exactly did he inspire the black candidates?

Lavern Spicer: He inspired us to stand up and fight for our community. Like I just said, our communities, many of them have been under the Democratic leadership for many years. They have done absolutely nothing but lie to us. They use us to get the votes. We’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, fooled and going for the okey-doke for too many years. Many of the black Democratic districts basically look like crap. Like Baltimore, how Kim Klacik shined the light when she did that video – it was horrible. And many other states look just like that, including parts of Chicago where any given weekend you’ll see 30, 40 people get killed. He brought about a lot of awareness to the point where we said: “you’re right, we want to see a change”. We know these people have been in our politics for 30 and 40 years and have been doing absolutely nothing but helping themselves, their friends, their cliques and that’s basically it. And doing nothing but making promises to the community. And in the process of doing that, what you see is that they are growing, but the whole community is suffering from no progress being made. No progress in 30 years. Everything basically looks the same.

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