Trump courts black voters but opposition remains deep

President Trump stands with Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence he commuted.

President Donald Trump took African American guests to his State of the Union speech, ran a Super Bowl ad boasting how he’s making the criminal justice system more equitable for black people and portrayed himself as the champion of education and job opportunities for people of color.

The overtures mean nothing to black voters like Jovan Brown, who loathes Trump’s record on race and sees the Republican president’s African American-heavy guest list at the State of the Union as his penchant for using “black people as a prop.”

“I don’t know too many black people who care for Donald Trump,” said the 21-year-old Brown, who favors Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. “I’m sure he has black friends, but he’s not a supporter of our community.”

Trump went out of his way to reach out to black voters during his speech Tuesday, touting several initiatives ahead of the November election. His guests included one of the last surviving Tuskegee airmen and his great-grandson, who dreams of traveling to space someday, and a black veteran who struggled with drug addiction and eventually put his life back together with a new job. Trump announced a scholarship for a black fourth-grader from Philadelphia to highlight what he sees as failing public schools.

He trumpeted low black unemployment and poverty rates, his investments in historically black colleges and universities, and the impact of Opportunity Zones.

Critics have long suggested that the real audience for Trump’s appeals to African Americans are white suburban women who may feel more comfortable voting for Trump if they see evidence that he’s not really as racist as he has at times come across. But the campaign has long disputed that charge and is convinced that, if they can just reach black voters and share what Trump has done, including on the economy, at least some may be willing to give him a chance.

But recent polls paint a bleak picture for Trump with black voters.

A Washington Post-Ipsos poll of 1,088 African Americans showed that more than 8 in 10 say they

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West Virginia Democrat fires back at Trump criticism

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has fired back at President Donald Trump’s criticism of the West Virginia Democrat for voting guilty on two articles of impeachment

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has fired back at President Donald Trump’s criticism of the West Virginia Democrat for voting guilty on two articles of impeachment. Manchin says he — not Trump — has fought tirelessly for his constituents.

Manchin issued the response Saturday night on Twitter, a day after Trump tweeted that he was “very surprised & disappointed” with Manchin’s votes and claimed no president has done more for the state.

Trump carried West Virginia by a whopping 42 percentage points in 2016.

Manchin said that “no Democrat has worked harder in a bipartisan way in the hopes that you would succeed.” He added that West Virginia residents “know exactly” who has worked day and night for the last five years to secure their health care and pensions, and “it wasn’t you.”

Trump asserted in a subsequent tweet Friday that Manchin was “just a puppet” for the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.

“That’s all he is!” Trump tweeted.

Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday on charges

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Democratic debate in New Hampshire 5 takeaways

Seven Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Manchester, N.H., on Friday night, sharing a stage for the first time since the Iowa caucuses. The much-delayed and disputed results from Iowa have already altered the race: Joe Biden, who has been the national frontrunner for months, had to square off against his rivals after finishing fourth in the caucus, while Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced increased scrutiny after a virtual tie for first place, and with polls showing them vying for the lead in New Hampshire. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang were all hoping to make it into the top three.

Here are five key takeaways from the debate, as the candidates head into the final weekend of campaigning.

1. Biden sets expectations low  Joe Biden

The former vice president wasted little time lowering expectations for the New Hampshire primary, answering the very first question of the night by saying he expected to do poorly on Tuesday night after his disappointing showing in Iowa.

“I took a hit, and I’ll probably take a hit here,” said Biden, noting that Sanders and Warren represent neighboring states. Biden said he expected to do better in the later states based on his support from black voters, although he got some pushback on that by Tom Steyer, who has polled well in South Carolina after spending millions there.

Biden was more animated and focused than he has been in prior debates. He directly attacked Sanders’s record on gun legislation as being out of step with the party, repeating an attack he made at a campaign event on Wednesday. (Sanders responded that his views have changed.) Bid earned a viral moment when he urged the crowd to stand and applaud Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council official who was dismissed by President Trump Friday after testifying against him in the impeachment investigation. Biden also drew on the legacy of the man he served under in an attempt to defend himself against criticisms from Buttigieg.

“So I don’t know what about the past of Barack Obama and Joe Biden was so bad,” Biden continued. “What happe

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Trump Fires EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland After Impeachment Acquittal

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President Donald Trump fired European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland Friday, in apparent retribution for testifying against him in the congressional impeachment proceedings.

“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement. He expressed gratitude to Mr. Trump “for having given me the opportunity to serve.”

Sondland’s dismissal came just hours after Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, who also testified against Trump, was fired.

resident Donald Trump fired European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland Friday, in apparent retribution for testifying against him in the congressional impeachment proceedings.

“I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement. He expressed gratitude to Mr. Trump “for having given me the opportunity to serve.”

Sondland’s dismissal came just hours after Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, the top National Security Council official on Ukraine who also testified against Trump, was fired and escorted out of the White House by security.

In November, Sondland provided bombshell testimony, telling the House Intelligence Committee that Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter amounted to a “clear quid pro quo.”https://www.theopinionpoll.com

He also implicated other top administration officials and Trump allies, including testifying that Trump gave “express direction” to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who had been directly engaging with Ukrainian officials in the scheme. 

Sondland also testified that he was instructed to brief administration officials about the scheme.

“Everyone knew. It was no secret,” he said. “Everyone was in the loop.”

Trump appointed Sondland, a former hotel executive, ambassador after he donated $1 million to Trump’s 2017 inau

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