Trump Panders for Native American Votes in North Dakota

Trump has portrait of “Indian killer” Andrew Jackson looking over his daily moves in Oval Office.

Published September 9, 2018

FARGO, N.D. — While on a three state campaign swing, President Donald Trump touched down in Fargo, North Dakota to lend his support of the Senate campaign of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who’s trying to bet incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

While there, Trump tried to use the same rationale he used on African Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign he asked them to vote for him by asking, “What the hell do you have to lose?”

The same president, who disrespects American Indians daily by virtue of the fact he has “Indian Killer” Andrew Jackson’s portrait hanging in the Oval Office, used the same line to pander for Native American votes in North Dakota. Calling Senator Heitkamp by her first name, he asked “what has Heidi done for Native Americans?”

In a condescending tone, he then went on to describe how he asked African Americans, and now would do the same to Native American, ask the same question about gaining their support: “What the hell do you have to lose?”

According to the National Congress of American Indians, there are some 27,000 Native American votes in North Dakota.

In 2012, Heitkamp won her senate seat by only one percent. She noted her only road to Washington, D.C. was through Indian Country.

Last month, Trump falsely stated he created more jobs for African Americans than did President Obama. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, African Americans gained 700,000 jobs since Trump took office. During the Obama administration, about three million jobs were gained by African Americans.

It is doubtful Trump gained many votes for Cramer by his remarks.

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