Now that Cruz dropped out of the race, Innis says Tea Party Forward is supporting Donald Trump. The group prefers him over Hilary Clinton, but they are unsure if Trump will be a Constitutional Conservative or big government Conservative, he explained.
"Even if he [Trump] makes the choices that we would like, how he executes those choices, through executive orders or through running roughshod over Congress and not recognizing the separation of powers, is something that would concern us, that wouldn't concern us as much with a Constitutional Conservative like Ted Cruz," Innis said.
He continued, "On the flipside though, what thrills the Tea Party about Donald Trump is his ability to confound the media, his ability to not only circumvent the media, the establishment media, but to actually shape and confront the media and get them to talk, to say his talking points as opposed to him playing from their song sheet."
With that said, Innis thinks Trump has the ability to appeal to the black community. He believes Trump's talk of building a wall and promotion of economic American nationalism would appeal to many black Americans.
"Particularly, we hear in this election and we see it and we often say that it's a reflection of angry white males—Trump's popularity," Innis said. "But the little hidden story is that is not talked about as much is that there are a lot of black males and Latino males that are angry too, that are unemployed or underemployed and want an opportunity to earn a living and be breadwinners for their family."
Innis also believes Trump can garner more black votes than Hilary and notes that there are two manifestations of the black vote.
"There is a percentage of the black vote that Hillary can garner of those who come out. And then there is the question of turnout. I think there is no question about it that it is going to be very difficult for Hillary Clinton to garner the type of turnout which was record-setting in 2008, but pretty high in 2012, considering the feebleness of the Obama presidency, it was pretty impressive the turnout of the black vote in 2012."
He continued, "I don't think Hillary is going to get anything close to that. And more than that, if Donald Trump makes a real effort, doesn't go to this with conventional Republican playbook, which is to ignore the minority community, or to just overly obsess on the Latino vote alone, but if there is a real effort made by the Trump campaign to cut into the black vote, I think he could garner anywhere between 10-20%. And if he's anywhere close to 10%, to 15%, to 20% of the black vote, he not only wins this walking away, he wins this in a Reagan-like electoral landslide."
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