Apparently, the Trump campaign was rebuffed in its attempts to use a civil rights museum for a photo-op last week. Why? Because the campaign treated the museum staff in a disrespectful manner. In other words, they were themselves, but this time around, the person in charge wasn’t willing to put up with their shit.
According to WFMY News in North Carolina, Donald Trump wanted to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro last Tuesday during a campaign trip. (Trump would end up speaking at Hope University that day.) However, his campaign made several demands of the museum that co-founder Earl Jones said were beyond the pale.
“We did not honor the request of the Donald Trump team because we thought they demonstrated, in their approach was disrespectful, so therefore we did not grant that request,” said Jones.
Jones says the Trump campaign was aggressive and rude to museum staff in making their request.
He says Trump’s people wanted the museum to be closed for at least 5 hours to accommodate Trump.
Jones says the museum does not provide special treatment to anyone and says that is the main reason they denied the request.
Jones also noted that the way Trump’s campaign interacted with his museum in indicative of they way Trump’s treated minorities and civil rights over the course of his life.
“The approach, the type of disrespect, pretty much a demand and bullying us to use the museum in their manner and their way in their time, it was inappropriate and I think it’s probably reflective of the type of insensitivity of civil rights and human rights that’s reflective from Trump over the years,” said Jones.
Jones did point out that if Hillary Clinton’s team would have made the same demands, he’d have also rejected them. In his mind, everyone is to be treated equally at his center, and that he would gladly allow Trump to visit under normal circumstances.
Since bringing on Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon to run his campaign, the GOP nominee has attempted to present a softer, gentler image towards the black community. Engaging in what can only be described as Black Panderfest 2016, the real estate mogul who spent five years leading the birther movement has attempted to ‘reach out’ to African-Americans over the past few weeks, visiting black churches (prosperity gospel preachers LOVE Trump as game recognizes game) and telling black voters to choose him because what the hell do they have to lose.
Of course, beyond the patronizing, demeaning and ignorant way he speaks about African-American issues, the real pandering isn’t to blacks, but to suburban whites who aren’t necessarily keen on overtly supporting a racist. In the most recent Washington Post poll, Trump is down by 87 points with blacks and 49 points with Hispanics, pulling in only 19% overall with non-white voters.