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Longtime Black Democratic congressional leaders Reps. Maxine Waters and James Clyburn are troubled by the possibility that more Black voters could reelect President Donald Trump for a second term.

“I don’t even know where any Blacks would be coming from that would be voting for Trump,” Waters, D-Calif., said in a Friday interview with SiriusXM’s Joe Madison. It just hurts me so bad to see Blacks talking about supporting Trump.”

While Black Republican voters have always been around, Black voters, especially Black men, appear to be stepping closer to conservative principles. The stamp of approval from some famous, wealthy rappers, such as Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent, has pushed talk of Black conservatism and Black class priorities back into the national conversation.

Those individuals are only thinking about themselves and not the Black community as a whole, Waters and Clyburn, D-S.C., say. A vote for Trump would be a vote against themselves and their better interests, the politicians said in separate interviews over the weekend.

Trump has engaged in divisiveness and racial dog-whistling to the right wing and to white supremacists who are emboldened by his rhetoric, according to Waters.

It’s imperative for Black voters to uplift former vice president Joe Biden and vote Democratic as they usually do, Waters said, if Trump is to be ousted from the White House.

But the hold that the Democratic Party has had over Black voters might be loosening, making it harder for Biden to grasp victory.

Black women are more likely than Black men to vote Democrat, according to the Pew Research Center. The gap between Black women and Black men identifying as Democrats in 2018 and 2019 was the widest to date.

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