To win the White House, a candidate must do more than just rally their own base of supporters — and it seems President Donald Trump is accomplishing just that.
According to a Wednesday report from The Daily Wire, an Ohio lawmaker who describes herself as a “lifelong Democrat” has flipped the script and endorsed Trump over Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Democrats for Trump
The surprising endorsement was revealed just hours before Trump showed up in Cleveland, Ohio for Tuesday night’s debate face-off against Biden.
According to The Daily Wire, it was Democrat state Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent who expressed her outward support for the incumbent president.
Kent represents Ohio’s 25th District, which comprises Columbus, according to The Daily Wire.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the lawmaker described herself as a “lifelong Democrat” who is “both honored and humbled to be the second Democrat State Representative to publicly announce my endorsement of President Donald J. Trump.”
“No matter what my feelings are towards the Democrat Party, one thing is crystal clear: my values truly align with President Donald J. Trump’s willingness to work with those of differing opinions and perspectives more so than with Joe Biden’s divisive rhetoric, promotion of mass incarceration, and disrespectful, insensitive ideologies,” Kent wrote.
“Willingness to listen”
Kent, who is Black, also praised in her statement Trump’s “dedication to law and order and his respect for our Constitution,” and heralded his “strong leadership” and “willingness to fight” on behalf of minorities when it comes to things like “educational and economic empowerment” and “hope” for a better and more prosperous future.
“President Trump has provided a record number of Black Americans with a real shot at the American dream,” she wrote Tuesday. “Under President Trump’s leadership, Black Americans have experienced record-low unemployment and the poverty rate among the black community has fallen to its lowest level in U.S. history.”
Kent credited Trump’s success with his “willingness to listen to the ideas of Senator Tim Scott,” the only Black Republican in the Senate, “and the concerns of invested citizens from diverse communities in economic distress.”
“This effort produced a groundbreaking solution called ‘Opportunity Zones,’ a way to create jobs and spur investment in disadvantaged communities,” she said.
“We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest,” Kent added, “so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way.”