In October 2008, billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump came to the aid of American Idol star and Oscar-winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson after her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew were brutally murdered by her estranged brother-in-law. Then-businessman Donald J. Trump invited the grieving Jennifer Hudson and some of her family members to stay rent-free at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.
Access Online reported on President Trump’s incredible generosity – “They are safe,” Trump told People on Monday night. “She’s a great girl and we’re protecting them well.”
According to E! Online, Hudson has been staying at the hotel since arriving in Chicago on October 24 – the day her mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found murdered, and her nephew, Julian King, was found missing.
Since checking into the hotel, the Oscar winner and former “American Idol” star has rarely left the hotel.
“She is still in shock,” a source told E!. “She hasn’t gone out much at all and has a lot of security around her.”
Last night, Hudsons expressed her gratitude to President Trump by singing, “A Change is Gonna Come” at the close of Wednesday night’s DNC convention, in a clear show of support for his often confused and corrupt presidential opponent, Joe Biden.
Hudson’s contribution last night to the Democrat Party, is apparently how she shows her gratitude to a man who had nothing to gain by helping her and her family in their greatest time of need.
By performing on behalf of the Democratic Party, Hudson essentially ignored the millions of Black Americans who’ve benefitted from Trump’s economic policies that have created the lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks in American history. She’s also ignoring the untold number of Black Americans who will be given a second chance at life thanks to President Trump’s historic “First Step Act,” prison reform legislation.
Black Trump supporter and author Gianno Caldwell wrote an op-ed in the New York Post, expressing her support of President Trump while explaining the differences between Trump and Biden when it comes to helping Black Americans.
The black vote will be the swing vote this year. And right now, it’s looking like it’s Joe Biden’s for the taking. This is despite Biden’s history, which is riddled with policies that have historically and devastatingly disenfranchised African Americans. For example, the 1994 crime law, which Biden helped author when he was a senator, incentivized local police departments to lock up as many black people as possible, creating mass incarceration of African Americans, along with more prison cells and more aggressive policing. In addition, Biden was responsible for a provision in the 1986 crack law which came to be viewed as one of the most racially slanted sentencing policies on record: a rule that treated crack cocaine as significantly worse than powder cocaine and ended up disproportionately punishing African Americans and sending them to prison but sparing white Americans who typically used cocaine.
We also must not forget the racially charged language Biden has used numerous times, including the notion that if you don’t vote for him, “you ain’t black.” But politicians on both sides of the aisle have used offensive language, and what counts more, in my view, are deeds not words.
I personally do not agree with everything President Trump says or does, and I often find myself on national TV as a conservative pundit saying exactly that. But I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that Trump has been one of the most impactful presidents for African Americans from a policy perspective — and that’s what matters.
His recent police-reform executive order, the First Step Act, released thousands of people from jail (90 percent of whom were black). He has promoted “opportunity zones” that incentivized private investment into marginalized communities, and also increased federal funding to historically black colleges and universities by 17 percent — a total exceeding $100 million, more than any president in history. Meanwhile, the Obama administration infamously removed a two-year Bush-administration program that annually funded $85 million directly to these prized institutions.
As I mention in my book, “Taken For Granted,” during the 2016 election Trump did something few Republicans had the courage to do — he targeted the black vote and spoke directly to African-American issues.
President Trump and Republicans have delivered for the black community on tangible policies that have had a positive impact — something the Democrats never achieved.
Trump needs to remind African Americans about what he has accomplished and contrast it with Biden’s record of failure, mass incarceration and racially charged language. I often say black lives don’t matter to Democrats, black votes matter to them. And that party’s lack of targeted policies benefiting African Americans proves just how much they take their votes for granted.