It's a mystery!

For a guy who likes to think of himself as pretty smart, Bill O'Reilly is pretty easily flummoxed by little things like how the tides work, what socialism is, and what war correspondents do. And now he's confused by one more thing: Why is Donald Trump so unpopular with The Blacks? On Thursday's O'Reilly Factor, Billo and professional moral scold Bernie Goldberg went over the perplexing phenomenon like a couple of kittens pawing at an iPad:

O'Reilly: Here's a more startling number, and I don't understand this number. African-Americans favorable for Trump, 7 percent, unfavorable 91 percent. What did Donald Trump ever do to African-Americans? I'm not getting this, it's far and away the biggest repudiation of any political candidate.

Goldberg: You know what? That's a fair question, because he certainly hasn't done anything specific. You could make the case that he made comments about Mexicans, that Mexicans, you know, Latins, Americans don't like, or Latinos in this country don't like --

O'Reilly: Muslims --

Goldberg: You might make that case.

O'Reilly: Right.

Goldberg: But he hasn't done anything to my knowledge that would offend so many black people, but I think it's the persona. Hillary Clinton is very popular among black voters, very popular. She panders to the black electorate a lot. And understandably she's, you know, they like her. So if she is the opponent of a Donald Trump, you can see how they might say we like Hillary, therefore, we don't like Trump. But there is no rational reason. You are on to something there.

O'Reilly: I don't understand. Our African-American viewers, if you will write me and let me know, I mean, I'll do it tomorrow. We will do a segment on it.

[wonkbar]a href=""[/wonkbar]His persona. That might be it! Trump doesn't pander to The Blacks like Hillary does, and that's why they don't like him, because they are all mentally enslaved on the Democrat Plantation! Heaven knows, Donald Trump hasn't said anything nearly as awful about The Blacks as he has about The Muslims or The Mexicans. At least, not loudly enough for these morons to have heard it. If only The Blacks would get some job skills and not tattoo their foreheads, they'd love Trump.

If only we could find some kind of information to explain this mysterious antipathy!

We suppose maybe it could go back as far as his early history as a real estate mogul, like in 1973 when the Justice Department sued the Trump Organization for housing discrimination: building supervisors would mark rental applications from blacks with a "C" for "colored," so the front office would know to turn down the applicant. Potential black renters would be told a building had no vacancies, but white "testers" from the Urban League would be shown several vacant apartments. But Trump and his dad settled that suit with a consent degree that required no admission of wrongdoing, so obviously this example cannot count. Shame on any black people who might remember it from so long ago.

[wonkbar]a href=""[/wonkbar]Or maybe it was Trump's 1989 publicity campaign calling for the death penalty for the "Central Park Five," five black teens convicted -- falsely, it turned out -- of beating and raping a white woman in Central Park. Trump took out full-page ads in New York newspapers demanding that New York bring back the death penalty for rape, a non-capital crime. And even after the teens were exonerated and their convictions vacated over a decade ago, Trump refuses to admit that he'd been wrong. In 2013, when Trump was busy calling for the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber, a Twitter user reminded Trump that he wasn't exactly credible on who deserves to be executed. Trump figured the exonerated teens still had to be thugs anyway:

[wonkbar]a href=""[/wonkbar]Still, that was a long time ago too. As everyone knows, Donald Trump wasn't worried about his chances at running for president in 2011, when he was in the middle of insisting that Barack Obama was a complete enigma who might not legally be president because of his enigmatic birth certificate, not to denigrate the president or anything. After all, Trump insisted, "I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks." Of course, he found it very disturbing that so many of The Blacks supported Obama, which he figured was because The Blacks were racist and just voting for one of their own. How could anyone have a problem with that? Simple: they would have to be a racist.

[wonkbar]a href=""[/wonkbar]Or possibly The Blacks are thinking of Trump's thoughts on the police riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and how the press was ignoring the racial angle of all that:

“This is a racial situation … It’s not covered that way in the press. It’s not even discussed in the press. They don’t want to discuss it. They stay away from it” [...]

“In fact, Chicago is another situation,” Trump continued. “It’s a very racial situation out there. If you look at what’s going on here and Chicago and other places, the press really seldom talks about it [...]

“People understand it. In my opinion, the press does not really discuss it. They talk about riots, but they don’t say what’s at the core of the riot. Frankly, it’s a very big problem in this country and it’s a problem that is not discussed or certainly not discussed in any great detail and it has to be.”

[wonkbar]a href=""[/wonkbar]Needless to say, anyone who might suggest that any of Trump's comments were the least bit racist is a huge racist, it's very sad for our country that the media won't talk about the core of all these problems, which is black people being out of control. Not that he directly said that. As everyone knows, Donald Trump is the least racist person in the world, because a black guy won on The Apprentice one time.

It continues to be a mystery. Maybe black people are simply racist against Donald Trump because his supporters sometimes beat up black people, or are avowed white supremacists, or beat up black people some more. But this is all very unfair to Trump, who eventually decided the KKK is a bad thing.

Perhaps someday someone will be able to explain why black people seem not to like Donald Trump. If only they'd let Bill O'Reilly know.

[Daily Beast / Media Matters / NYT / Guardian]

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Great GOP wordsmith Frank Luntz, the guy who gave us the "death tax" and who urged the George W. Bush administration to talk about "climate change" since it was less politically motivating than "global warming," did some more of his characteristic word magic today! While staying at the Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria, Luntz offered this cautionary tale about the evils of socialism, as illustrated by the shoddy conditions in a 5-star luxury hotel owned by Dubai's "Al Habtoor" conglomerate and operated by Marriott:

Talk about your grim hellholes! Apparently, there's only one elevator in the entire building, and it's been broken for three days, proving that European-style socialism is a failure that should never be imported to the USA, where -- damn it! -- all buildings work!

As some smartass pointed out, now Luntz may have to take the STAIRS, like a common Bolshevik!

We're still trying to get our heads around how a delay in getting an elevator fixed in a luxury hotel owned by the United Arab Emirati proprietors of Dubai's

  • Habtoor Grand Resort
  • Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts
  • V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
  • Metropolitan Hotel Dubai
  • Al Habtoor Polo Resort

as well as

  • Imperial Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna (Austria)
  • Hilton London Wembley (United Kingdom)
  • Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand (Lebanon)
  • Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace (Lebanon)
  • President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (United States)
  • InterContinental Budapest (Hungary)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest (Hungary)

is an example of the horrors of socialism, but then, we don't earn the big bucks like Luntz does. Austria is among the 14 richest countries in the world, so we're fairly certain it's not a commie hellhole. Then again, there is a very strong social safety net, so maybe people in subsidized housing stole all the elevator parts. Or perhaps the elevator would have been fixed sooner if only Austria didn't have such strong unions. It's a mystery.

Or maybe it's that NATIONAL socialism that's the problem, seeing as it has socialism RIGHT IN THE NAME!

Adolf Hitler, once a day labourer outside the Hotel Imperial Vienna, returned as the Führer and "delivered a speech to a rapturous crowd from [the hotel] suite's balcony, on 14 March 1938", according to

We suppose it's worth noting that the Imperial is decidedly not owned or operated by the Austrian government, where a far-Right coalition has recently imploded -- although maybe Luntz is confused about that, since official state guests are traditionally housed there. In any case, the elevator's busted, it's in Europe, Europe is socialist, and Frank Luntz is homesick for America, where no elevator ever goes unrepaired for an entire weekend. It simply has never happened because of our efficient free market!

Still, Luntz's tweet inspired some valuable reflections on how economic theory shapes the reality of everyday life. This is the kind of Austrian economics we can support.

In conclusion, capitalism always allocates resources efficiently and fairly, although that still doesn't explain why Frank Luntz has a job. And now it would be your DOKTOR ZOOM'S BIRTHDAY PARTY OPEN THREAD, if only the socialists would fix the elevator, the end.

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