Bernadine Kennedy Kent, a Black Democrat State Rep for Ohio has gone against the grain of her party and endorsed President Trump’s re-election.
Among her reasons, Kennedy Kent cites low black unemployment rates and Trump’s support for historically black colleges.
Bernadine Kennedy Kent said in a press release “We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way.”
She explained “from my perspective as a lawmaker who was elected for the first time in 2016. And following a lifetime as an educator and child advocate. I have admired President Trump’s dedication to law and order and his respect for our Constitution. His strong leadership and willingness to fight for educational and economic empowerment for minorities has brought unprecedented hope to the American people.”
She continued “President Trump has provided a record number of Black Americans with a real shot at the American dream. Under President Trump’s leadership, Black Americans have experienced record-low unemployment and the poverty rates. unemployment among the black community has fallen to its lowest level in U.S. history.”
“A large part of this success is due to President Trump’s willingness to listen to the ideas of Senator Tim Scott. And the concerns of invested citizens from diverse communities in economic distress. This effort produced a groundbreaking solution called ‘Opportunity Zones.’ It’s a way to create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities. We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest. So I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way,” she added.
In addition, the Ohio lawmaker declared “no matter what my feelings are towards the Democrat Party, one thing is crystal clear. My values truly align with President Donald J. Trump’s. And his willingness to work with those of differing opinions and perspectives more so than with Joe Biden’s divisive rhetoric. Promotion of mass incarceration, and disrespectful, insensitive ideologies that substantiates his infamous comment. “ If you’re still deciding between me and Trump, then you ain’t Black…” during an interview on a popular African American radio program earlier this year.”