Political experts are postulating that President Donald Trump of the United States of America may have done better if he has chosen a Black Vice President (VP).
President Trump has a strong hold on the majority of white and male voters but may have undermined a huge boost he may have gained had he chosen a Black and especially female VP.
His opponent, Joe Biden, who is currently in the lead at press time this morning, is betting on his high support among female and minority voters – Black, Hispanic, Asian and others – to win.
By choosing a woman of colour as his running mate, Mr Biden has inspired and commanded the support of the diverse Democratic base, who have apparently voted for him in numbers.
It was easier theorised that the choice of a woman of colour may alienate some white voters more than inspiring minority voters in key swing states, like Pennsylvania or Michigan – but the current tide seems to suggest otherwise.
Mr Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, was former district attorney who may become instrumental in neutralising President Trump’s claims of being the “law and order” president. Additionally, her emphasis on pedigree and pragmatism over vision and conviction may have proven helpful for both campaigning and commanded some swing votes.
Though statistics have not shown the breakdown of how the minorities voted, but pundits believe President Trump may have done better with a Black VP.
A Black VP may have toned down allegations that the President is a racist or is unduly biased against Blacks and other minorities.
All US presidents were white men, except one and white men have always been and remain by far the richer than other groups in America. Also, majority of all lawmakers, governors, generals, CEOs, and millionaire and billionaires have always been white men – a pro-minority stance may have pushed President Trump further, experts argue.
Meanwhile, research reveals that about 55 percent of white Americans believe white people experience racial discrimination and about 84 percent of white Republicans argue that the country has already gone too far or far enough in giving Black people equal rights – all these may have spurred President Trump not to consider a minor VP.
Structural racism remains rampant in the US but President Trump seems to be one of the self-righteous white, who plays the ‘victimhood’ that denies that the minorities suffer much more.
As at press time, Mr Biden has pulled 72,075,757 of the general votes with 264 of the electoral college votes. He is a few electoral colleges vote, to reaching the wining stance of 270 votes plus one.
President Trump sits at 68,600,187 of general votes and 214 electoral college votes.