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Washington (CNN) - As he continues to mull a presidential bid, or say he is mulling a presidential bid, business mogul Donald Trump is lamenting the fact President Obama appears to have locked up the black vote.

"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."

But Trump says it's a "very sad thing" such a high percentage of that demographic supports President Obama, for reasons, he believes, that are largely influenced by race. The discussion was spawned by a recent poll of New York voters that found 95 percent of black voters there approve of the president's job performance. The same poll found that the president's overall approval rating in New York stands at 54 percent.

"Look at Hillary Clinton," the reality television star continued in reference to the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. "Hillary Clinton did so much for the black population, so much and got very few votes."

"Look, I tell it like it is," he added. "Then you hear a political reporter go on and say, 'It had nothing to do with race.' But how come she got such a tiny piece of the vote. It's a very sad thing."

Donald Trump, CNN 23 Comments [5/7/2011 10:49:25 AM]
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Not too racist.

Whiny, perhaps, but not racist.

5/7/2011 11:48:40 AM

Brandy Bogard

@zipperback: You forgot that Trump's a birther

5/7/2011 12:04:52 PM


@Brandy Bogard: He didn't say anything about being a birther, though. The actual quote isn't anywhere near as bad as, well, pretty much any other quote on the site.

5/7/2011 12:53:34 PM


I have to agree. It makes the accusation of racial politics, but does not smack so sourly of actual racism.

5/7/2011 1:09:04 PM


Oh, the racism is subtle, but it's there. Basically, he's being a clueless white guy by acting like he somehow knows what's better for blacks than blacks do.

5/7/2011 1:11:36 PM

Doctor Fishcake

Not full blown racism but definitely a bit patronising.

5/7/2011 1:33:52 PM

Brendan Rizzo

This just seems like the typical politican complaining that his opponent is using the race card (even when he isn't). Nothing special.

5/7/2011 1:45:40 PM

Not overtly racist, but Trump does come off as a clueless white guy who may not be able to tell the difference between someone who is black and a really tan Mexican.

5/7/2011 4:31:29 PM

Neither white people nor black people know what is best for black people.

5/7/2011 6:21:41 PM


it is racist, he keeps on calling them the blacks

5/7/2011 9:56:33 PM


I think this is just a whine aimed to make the "Middle classes" angry at those gosh-darned "welfare queens". In other words, this is just a smear aimed to make the tea party more angry towards black people.

5/8/2011 3:13:56 AM


The racism is subtle, but definitely there. He tries to trump a percieved race-card with his own race-card.

(No pun intended there, just couldn't think of another card-related word to use. Meh...)

5/8/2011 7:12:45 AM

Ok, when the white population helped you to be filthy rich, you never screamed RACIST. Be at least consequent.

5/8/2011 8:46:36 AM

Doubting Thomas

If you had a great relationship with black people, you wouldn't be referring to them as "the blacks."

Of course, his idea of "the blacks" is probably the black people who cook & clean for him and drive his limo.

5/8/2011 11:00:51 AM

Percy Q. Shunn

5/8/2011 11:13:22 AM


Not really racist, but still kinda dumb...

5/8/2011 1:12:53 PM


Stupid and race-orbiting, but lacking the zing of other entries here.

5/8/2011 3:51:09 PM

Doubting Thomas


His hair looks like one of those funny Knights of Columbus hats:

5/9/2011 6:21:58 AM


He was talking about his good friend Conrad Black

5/9/2011 1:56:39 PM


Actually, for once, I agree with Chump. Even a broken clock is, after all, right twice a day.

You will find a significant percentage of blacks in America vote for Obama simply because he's black, and for no other reason. This is exactly as ill-informed a political stance as people who voted for McCain simply because he was white, even if they didn't agree with a single one of his policies.

Race shouldn't affect politics, sure, but that works both ways.

5/14/2011 12:52:33 AM


Protip: telling a black man "you are voting for Obama because he's black" is a really good way to have him show you his middle finger.
Just as I would raise mine if someone told me I've voted for a candidate because he's white.

5/16/2011 3:24:40 AM


It seems like the only thing *overtly* racist about what he said was using the term "the blacks". The rest essentially has an underlying message that black people voted for Obama because he is black and that black people ignore contributions from people like Hillary Clinton because they aren't black.

So Mr. Trump thinks that black people are either stupid or biased towards their own race, which is not exactly a positive step towards race relations.

5/17/2011 11:11:00 PM

Mr. Yellow

Whenever I read "the blacks," my eye twitches. Same with "you people," actually.

Aside from that, this is stereotyping black people as being too ignorant to vote on beliefs, just on "HE'S BLACK! +vote"

5/22/2011 5:01:18 AM

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