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About Those Black Trump Supporters at the White House...

About Those Black Trump Supporters at the White House...

Regular Beat readers were not surprised about the news that the Trump administration hosted Turning Point USA's Young Black Leaders 2018 Summit. We reported earlier this month that the event for Black conservatives between the ages of 15 and 35 was happening. During Friday’s convening, Donald Trump Jr. told the group they “have the most guts of anyone in America.” He went on to say, “They’re resisting the fact that they are losing their stranglehold on entire communities,” referring to Democrats. “They just assume they have your vote anyway.” Trump received just 8% of the African American vote in the 2016 election. When the president spoke, he praised former NFL player Jim Brown and Kanye West citing his meeting with them earlier this month in the Oval Office. “I think Kanye may be the most powerful man in all of politics,” Trump said, adding that the rapper was a "little different," but "smart." Other speakers included actress Stacey Dash, NRA’s Colion Noir, and provocateur Candace Owens -- who also serves as Turning Point’s Communication Director. While HUD Secretary Ben Carson addressed the group, someone yelled “CNN sucks,” and the rest of the audience began to boo and chant -- though not exactly on rhythm or in unison. Certain members of the press had challenges covering the event. The Root’s Jason Johnson was invited as press and credentialed only to be told later they were revoking his credentials. “Seems they're afraid of being reported on,” Johnson said. There was no entry fee for the four-day conference, but attendees had to apply to be admitted. Turning Point covered lodging at no cost for attendees as well, and they offered a travel stipend if needed. The organization was founded in 2012 by conservative activist Charlie Kirk. Its website says it has more than 350 chapters, however, The Beat DC had some challenges confirming the chapters. The Summit took place October 25th through October 28th in DC. More here.

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