Not everyone on the left is embracing the Joe Biden campaign theme of improving the effort to unify the country.
Singer and actress Janelle Monáe favors … the burning of 70 million U.S. voters?
In a since-deleted tweet, the actress, whose work includes “Hidden Figures,” tweeted “F**k Donald Tromp [sic] and every American citizen, celebrity, white woman, black man, ETC who supported him burnnnnnnnnnn.”
Seems overly aggressive.
Following the election, actor John Leguizamo said the state of Florida is “dead to me.”
“Florida is dead to me! Let the lemmings drive their golf carts into the ocean!” he tweeted after Florida was called for President Trump.
Trump won the state of Florida largely on the strength of the Cuban-American vote clustered in and around Miami-Dade County.
As for Monáe’s rant, her logic is rather complicated.
The idea of minorities voting for Trump – a point of pain, particularly for Monáe – has been difficult to grasp for portions of the left, but there are people of color whose business interests trump the president’s racial stumbles.
On Thursday, Al Sharpton of MSNBC said Trump’s time in office and during the campaign appealed to the entrepreneurial spirit in those communities, admonishing Democrats for not doing the same.
“He has done better than, in my judgment, he should have with Black men and Hispanics,” Sharpton said on “Morning Joe,” “which means that we’ve got to really look in the civil rights community, both on the Latino and the African American side, on a real conversation in our communities on what it is to be different in terms of being entrepreneurial aspirants … .”
Sharpton continued, “I think he appealed to some that wanted to feel that they had to be a certain kind of way to be aspirational and that you can be that and still be centrists.”