Turning Point USA (TPUSA) contributor Rob Smith recently asked 2020 Democrat presidential candidates — the majority of whom have said that they support reparations for slavery — if they would give him his “reparations” right there, on the spot. Zero candidates agreed to pay Smith.
A total of zero Democrat presidential candidates were willing to give the TPUSA contributor his “reparations” on the spot at the Iowa State Fair. Some candidates, such as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) simply said “no,” while others circumvented Smith’s question, such as Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who said, “this is a conversation we need to have as a country.”
“There was a lot of nervous laughter, and kicking the can down the road,” said Smith to Breitbart News, “and these are the same answers they’re going to give black Americans after they have their votes.”
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2020 Democrats are campaigning on slavery reparations
If they truly believed Black Americans were oppressed, wouldn’t they be willing to give them out on the spot?@robsmithonline asked:
Democrats said no.
They’re not just hypocrites, they’re frauds pic.twitter.com/8cXA1fsFMg
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 22, 2019
Smith — who personally does not support the idea of reparations — told Breitbart News that he and TPUSA chief creative officer Benny Johnson came up with the idea to ask the question, as they thought it would be a fun and interesting video while also pointing out the ways in which Democrats pander to black Americans.
“I just wanted to satirize it a little bit, while doing something that also got my point across,” said Smith.
The TPUSA activist mentioned that while none of the answers really surprised him, he did get the chance to stop and talk with author and Democrat primary presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.
“I will say that Marianne Williamson, bless her heart, she really did take the time to talk to me about the whole thing,” said Smith. “Do I want her as my president? No. Do I want her as my spiritual adviser? Maybe.”
“But even Marianne Williamson — who took the time to talk about reparations — she and I had a conversation,” continued Smith, “and she said something along the lines of, ‘Just because you got out doesn’t mean that everyone else did.’ Well, I didn’t ‘get out’ of anything. I served in the military, and I had the same opportunities that all Americans have.”
“They still cannot relieve themselves of the idea that black people are perpetual victims in need of their rescue, even when they have the best intentions,” said Smith.
Smith also shared his thoughts on whether he thinks Democrats would want their own money to be redistributed.
“Absolutely not,” said Smith. “It’s always what’s best for thee isn’t best for me.”
“And the thing about reparations that no one ever addresses is that this comes from taxpayer dollars,” added Smith. “So, what about black people who are working and paying taxes? I think it’s just ridiculous — and it’s a lazy, lazy way to attract the black vote, while at the same time, black Americans know that they are being completely sold out for illegal immigrants.”
“Those conversations never happen together, they’re always separate,” mentioned the TPUSA activist. “I think they are just building a big tent of victim groups, and assuming that none of these victims groups talk to each other, or have competing ideas and thoughts.”
Smith also noted that unlike some of the other videos featuring TPUSA activists approaching Democrats at the Iowa State Fair, he found that it was much easier for him to stop and talk with the candidates, likely because they assumed Smith was on the left, simply because he is black.
“The interesting thing, to me, in dealing with all of those Democrats — there weren’t a whole lot of black people at the fair,” said Smith, “and every time one of these candidates saw me, their eyes would light up, and then when I hit them with the [reparations] question, they didn’t know what to do.”