DID DONALD TRUMP JUST GRAB THE UNDISPUTED LEAD IN THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST?
Trump was just on a radio show and this happened:
The show's host, Fred Dicker -- who is also the New York Post's state editor, read a recent poll showing Obama's sky-high support among African-Americans.
Trump said the numbers were troubling and pointed to Hillary Clinton as proof that he probably won't get the kind of support among African-Americans that he deserves.
"I tell it like it is," Trump said. "[Y]ou'll hear a political reporter go on and say it had nothing to do with race. But how come she had such a tiny piece of the vote? And you know, it's a very sad thing.
"I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks. But unfortunately, it seems that, you know, the numbers you cite are very, very frightening numbers."
I think that might put him over the top.
One reason I think so is that we're now going to hear from the right-wing noise machine about what a victim Trump has been. First we had "the liberal media," in the person of Ben Smith from Politico (or, as Fox Nation refers to it, "Left-Wing Politico"), asserting that Trump is courting a black backlash by harping on birtherism. Then we had NBC's Domenico Montanaro echoing Smith, even as he pointed out that Trump's poll numbers among African-Americans are (marginally) better than among whites. And now, if there's a negative reaction to what Trump said on the radio, that's proof positive: We liberals are out to destroy him! Using our favorite weapon -- the race card! And everyone knows that we liberals are the real racists! Oh, and blacks, too -- they're racist! Except the ones who've left the "liberal plantation"! Besides, all Trump did was say something that's -- all together now, boys and girls -- politically incorrect.
If this story gets traction and if there are denunciations of this remark, especially by Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or some other black leader who's hated by the right, then this is going to be pure gold for Trump.