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Black panderers: Trump & Biden’s fight for African American vote is a grotesque pantomime of caring

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The Republican Party has once again been accused of trying to trick black people into voting for President Donald Trump, as the Washington Post highlighted the takedown of a network of apparent bot accounts posing as black Trump supporters on Tuesday.

Glossing over the absence of any overt link to the GOP among the fake accounts, the Post harked back to the Republican convention, which “prominently featured African Americans,” and declared any and all Republican outreach to black voters to be a mere distraction from Trump’s supposed racism. The offensively sloppy “digital blackface” Twitter network is just the sort of behavior one might expect from those devious Republicans, the Post implied.

While its aim appeared to be reinforcing the GOP’s image as a group of racist old white men, the outlet was actually exposing its own biased hand by implying black voters were dumb enough to be taken in by a bot network whose user pics included, in one case, the words “black man photo” instead of an actual person and whose content was borderline illiterate.

This level of condescension isn’t exactly new. The Democrats pointed the finger at Russia in 2016 for supposedly duping black Americans into withholding their votes from Hillary Clinton, as if black people didn’t have every reason in the world to revile a woman who had once referred to their children as “super predators,” who had somehow made billions of dollars of earthquake relief destined for Haiti disappear, and whose foreign policy had brought the institution of slavery back to the formerly-progressive nation of Libya. Time and again, black voters are presented as helpless putty in the hands of some malevolent manipulator, and the........

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