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Who Is Noah Feldman? Scholar Specializes in Constitutional Law

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Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law School, is part of a vanishing breed, a public intellectual equally at ease with writing law review articles, books aimed at both popular and scholarly audiences and regular opinion columns, all leaning left but with a distinct contrarian streak.

In October, he declared that the country was in a constitutional crisis, caused by the events that followed the disclosure of a July 25 phone call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. When Mr. Trump told Congress that he would not participate in any of the House’s impeachment proceedings, it left the country with “situation where the Constitution does not provide a clear, definitive answer to a basic problem of governance,” Mr. Feldman wrote.

Mr. Feldman, 49, specializes in constitutional law and the relationship between law and religion and free speech. A graduate of Harvard and Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, he clerked for Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court. Justice Souter was appointed by a Republican president, and was expected to serve as a conservative voice on the court, but he later regularly sided with the liberal wing.

With years of teaching constitutional law at some of the country’s most elite institutions, Mr. Feldman will bring a deep analysis of different aspects of the Constitution and a lot of historical context. A prolific writer, he has written eight books and been published broadly, including in The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg News. And he has been outspoken about his views that the country is in a crisis without a simple solution to resolve it.

As one of the witnesses summoned by the Democrats, Mr. Feldman will most likely argue that there are constitutional grounds for impeaching Mr. Trump.

And he is not shy about what he thinks of Mr. Trump’s policies. For example, Mr. Feldman does not think Trump administration officials should have immunity from the impeachment proceedings; he does not think the president has the constitutional authority to engage in a this-for-that deal with a foreign country; and he thinks a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Attorney General William P. Barr and Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Mr. Feldman, who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish community, served as a constitutional adviser to the American-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

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Trump Calls Trudeau ‘Two-Faced’ After Video Shows Leaders Apparently Mocking Him

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President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive Wednesday for a round table meeting for NATO leaders in Watford, England.

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Updated at 9:14 a.m. ET

President Trump has responded to a video that appeared to show Justin Trudeau and other world leaders mocking him, calling the Canadian prime minister “two-faced.”

Trump’s remarks follow the president’s meeting Tuesday with the Canadian leader in which the two men appeared to get along, though Trump needled Trudeau over Canada’s defense spending.

“Where are you at? What is your number?” Trump asked Trudeau during their meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit outside London. Trudeau responded that Canada had, in fact, increased its spending on defense over the past few years. That did not appear to placate Trump who pressed on: “Where are you now in terms of your number?”

Canada, a NATO member, spends about 1.4% of its gross domestic product on defense. Trump, and indeed past U.S. presidents, have urged the alliance’s members to spend 2% or more on defense. At present, seven of NATO’s 29 members have reached that target. The U.S. is by far the largest contributor to the alliance, which was set up during the Cold War to protect Western Europe from Russian and Eastern bloc aggression.

Recent relations between Trump and Trudeau have been cordial, mostly because of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the replacement for NAFTA championed by Trump. Still, they have a complicated history. Although Trudeau was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on his election victory in 2016, the two men quickly found themselves on opposite sides of almost every major global issue: tariffs, climate change, and trade.

The tensions became apparent last year as Canada hosted the Group of Seven summit. After the meeting, Trudeau announced that Canada, whose economy is highly dependent on the U.S., would press ahead with retaliatory tariffs against the United States. In response, Trump, who had initially slapped tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel, tweeted that Trudeau was “dishonest and weak” and “mild and meek.”

Trudeau, who leads the center-left Liberal Party in Canada, was recently endorsed in a tough reelection campaign by Trump’s predecessor, former Democratic President Barack Obama.

The release of the video late Tuesday is unlikely to help matters. Trudeau was captured on video talking to French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They appeared to be discussing Trump though he is never mentioned by name. The leaders seem unaware they are being recorded.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top,” Trudeau said in a video posted to Twitter by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Trudeau is later heard saying: “You just watch his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

Macron is also speaking in the video, but his words cannot be heard.

Trump’s meeting with Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit was also testy. As the president left for the summit, his administration had proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on French imports, including wine and cheese.

When asked about Trump’s comments on Wednesday, Trump responded: “Well, he’s two-faced,” but quickly added, “He’s a nice guy.”

“I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent, and I guess he’s not very happy about it,” he said. “I mean, you were there.”

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Trump Calls Trudeau ‘Two-Faced’ After NATO Leaders Caught On Video

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President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive Wednesday for a round table meeting for NATO leaders in Watford, England.

Evan Vucci/AP

Updated at 9:14 a.m. ET

President Trump has responded to a video that appeared to show Justin Trudeau and other world leaders mocking him, calling the Canadian prime minister “two-faced.”

Trump’s remarks follow the president’s meeting Tuesday with the Canadian leader in which the two men appeared to get along, though Trump needled Trudeau over Canada’s defense spending.

“Where are you at? What is your number?” Trump asked Trudeau during their meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit outside London. Trudeau responded that Canada had, in fact, increased its spending on defense over the past few years. That did not appear to placate Trump who pressed on: “Where are you now in terms of your number?”

Canada, a NATO member, spends about 1.4% of its gross domestic product on defense. Trump, and indeed past U.S. presidents, have urged the alliance’s members to spend 2% or more on defense. At present, seven of NATO’s 29 members have reached that target. The U.S. is by far the largest contributor to the alliance, which was set up during the Cold War to protect Western Europe from Russian and Eastern bloc aggression.

Recent relations between Trump and Trudeau have been cordial, mostly because of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the replacement for NAFTA championed by Trump. Still, they have a complicated history. Although Trudeau was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on his election victory in 2016, the two men quickly found themselves on opposite sides of almost every major global issue: tariffs, climate change, and trade.

The tensions became apparent last year as Canada hosted the Group of Seven summit. After the meeting, Trudeau announced that Canada, whose economy is highly dependent on the U.S., would press ahead with retaliatory tariffs against the United States. In response, Trump, who had initially slapped tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel, tweeted that Trudeau was “dishonest and weak” and “mild and meek.”

Trudeau, who leads the center-left Liberal Party in Canada, was recently endorsed in a tough reelection campaign by Trump’s predecessor, former Democratic President Barack Obama.

The release of the video late Tuesday is unlikely to help matters. Trudeau was captured on video talking to French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They appeared to be discussing Trump though he is never mentioned by name. The leaders seem unaware they are being recorded.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top,” Trudeau said in a video posted to Twitter by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Trudeau is later heard saying: “You just watch his team’s jaws drop to the floor.”

Macron is also speaking in the video, but his words cannot be heard.

Trump’s meeting with Macron on the sidelines of the NATO summit was also testy. As the president left for the summit, his administration had proposed tariffs of up to 100 percent on French imports, including wine and cheese.

When asked about Trump’s comments on Wednesday, Trump responded: “Well, he’s two-faced,” but quickly added, “He’s a nice guy.”

“I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he’s not paying 2 percent, and I guess he’s not very happy about it,” he said. “I mean, you were there.”

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Media woes, a scandal and more

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It’s fair to say there’s never been a year in the last seven decades when nothing much happened of note in the British royal family, the world’s most famous, most storied royals in the history of modern monarchies. Queen Elizabeth II’s many descendants just can’t help but make news.

This year, 2019, was no different, with highs and lows in the fortunes of the Windsors occupying the news feeds of fans around the globe. 

Perhaps the most surprising royal story of the year was the saga of the Sussexes: How did a royal marriage that started out on a super high in 2018 come to tears in 2019?

A year nearly to the day after Prince Harry married the former Meghan Markle –outspoken, biracial, American-born, divorced, a former actress – in a blaze of royal splendor and joy, she gave birth to Archie, the first baby of part African descent in the family.  

How is the royal family adjusting to Meghan? How is she adjusting to them? As we learned this year, it’s complicated.

Here, in chronological order, are the top royal stories of 2019:        

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Jan. 17: Prince Philip’s royal car wreck

Prince Philip, the queen’s retired husband, was driving alone onto a highway near the royal Sandringham estate in Norfolk when he collided with another car in a violent wreck. He said he couldn’t see because the sun was in his eyes.

The then-97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh escaped injury although his Land Rover was totaled. A passenger in the other car was treated for a broken wrist, and a 9-month-old baby in the car was uninjured.

Aside from relief that he was pulled unscathed from such a mangled vehicle, there was widespread shock that the nonagenarian was still driving himself – and sometimes without security.

But maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise: Since his youth, Philip, now 98, collected race cars and loved to drive them – very fast, according to the often alarmed queen. A man who prizes his few opportunities for independence from royal restraints, he would not be happy giving up his car keys.

Nevertheless, Philip voluntarily surrendered his driving license a few weeks after the wreck. 

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April 23: Prince Louis of Cambridge turns 1 

The baby of the Cambridge family, Prince Louis, turned 1 on April 23. He is just as cute as big brother Prince George, 6, and sister Princess Charlotte, 4.

He also seems to be a very happy baby judging from the few photos we’ve seen. A recent favorite: Louis, toddling down a garden path at the Chelsea Flower Show, dressed in red-striped short pants, blue sweater, blue socks and blue leather baby shoes, and carrying a big stick.

His parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, released three new pictures for his birthday, as has been their custom, and all show him with huge smiles.

Maybe it’s because it’s his amateur photographer mum is behind the camera. 

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May 6: Royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex’s much anticipated royal baby was born amidst confusion and mystery: The privacy-seeking couple did not release his place of birth or the circumstances, and palace plans to inform the media of timing went awry.

Later, we learned he was born at 5:26 a.m. local time in an American-owned London hospital to which she was rushed from Windsor in the middle of the night.

Hours after the birth, Harry went before cameras at the Windsor Castle stables to declare his over-the-moon joy at being a dad. Two days later, the trio appeared together at the castle to announce his nontraditional name (no title but with his great-grandfather’s surname added to Windsor). 

They also released a picture on their @SussexRoyal Instagram page with the queen, Prince Philip and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, looking delighted with the baby.  

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June 3: The Trump State Visit to Britain

President Donald Trump got his heart’s desire – a three-day “State Visit” featuring most of the royal bells and whistles and hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. He and first lady Melania Trump (plus a clutch of other Trumps) arrived at Buckingham Palace on June 3 to be treated to the kind of royal pomp-and-ceremony the British are so good at staging.

They met top royals like Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge and Prince Harry (but not Harry’s American wife, new mom Meghan, or the queen’s husband, Prince Philip).

There was a lavish white-tie state banquet at the palace and a reciprocal dinner for the royals at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. The Trumps visited Westminster Abbey, took tea with Charles and his wife, Duchess Camilla, at Clarence House, met with Britain’s political leaders and took part in ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Except for social media sneering at his “ill-fitting” white-tie ensemble, there were no major protocol faux pas. 

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July-November: The woes of Prince Andrew, Duke of York

The queen’s beloved second son’s friendship with American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein embarrassed the royal family and damaged Andrew’s reputation starting in 2011.

In 2015, one of Epstein’s self-described “teen sex slaves,” Virginia Roberts Giuffre, alleged in court documents that she was forced by Epstein to sexually service Andrew and others among his powerful friends, allegations Andrew and the palace emphatically denied.

It all came rushing back into headlines in July when Epstein was arrested and charged with new sex crimes, and pictures of Andrew with Epstein and with Giuffre surfaced again on social media. In August, Epstein was found dead in his cell in federal custody.

With federal authorities promising to pursue Epstein’s associates and Giuffre continuing to publicly denounce Andrew, saying he should “go to jail,” Andrew decided to sit for a BBC interview, hoping to contain the damage to his image and that of the royal family.

The sit-down was poorly received, and on Nov. 20, four days after the BBC interview aired, he announced his withdrawal from royal duties and the end of his royal patronages and charity work “for the foreseeable future.”

August-November: The media troubles of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan 

The tabloid backlash against Harry and Meghan began building earlier in the year: She was said to be too bossy, too American, too mean to sister-in-law Kate with whom she was said to be “feuding.” Then the story shifted: The “feud” was actually between Harry and brother Will.

After the birth of Archie the carping grew louder: In August, Harry and Meghan were branded “eco-hypocrites” for using private jets for getaways while lecturing about climate change. Their friends, including celebrities such as Elton John, rushed to defend them; tabloid columnists rushed to mock them. 

Then, in October, at the end of their 10-day tour of southern Africa, the couple announced they were suing three tabloids for copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and phone hacking.

Their declaration of war on the tabloids, relatively rare for royals, stunned the media and distracted from the overall success of the tour, during which Archie adorably made his public debut.

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After their return, interviews they did with ITV aired in a documentary film in which they lamented their “struggle” living with “relentless” and “malicious” media scrutiny, some of which they believe are anti-American and verging on racist.

Meghan appeared to be holding back tears as she talked about the effect of the pressure on her mental and physical health as a new mother. “Not many people have asked if I’m OK, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” she said.

On Nov. 13, the couple announced they would spend Christmas with her mother, Doria Ragland, and not at Sandringham for the traditional royal family holiday. Their plans are part of their desire to take a six-week family-time break from royal duties, possibly spending at least part of it in the U.S.

The news was greeted with incredulity by many tabloid columnists – a “snub” to the queen, they brayed – even though the palace insisted the queen approved of their Christmas plans. Besides, Will and Kate spent at least two Christmas holidays with Kate’s family away from Sandringham in the early years of their marriage. 

So if Harry and Meghan just want to get away from all the negativity during the holidays, who can blame them?

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Christmas cards banned at England school by principal concerned about their environmental impact

The principal of an elementary school in England has apparently banned students from sending Christmas cards to fellow students — claiming the festive tradition is bad for the globe.

Jonathan Mason, of Belton Lane Primary School in Lincolnshire, claimed in a letter to parents that many students approached him with concerns “about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment.”

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The principal of an elementary school in England notified parents in a letter that the school will not allow students to send Christmas cards to one another, citing concerns for the environment. (SWNS)

“Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times,” Mason wrote, according to Sky News. “The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.”

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The head of the school continued, saying that “in order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.”

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One parent called the move “Grinch-like,” and claimed Christmas cards “are mostly recyclable anyway.” (iStock)

Mason suggested to parents who want to send a card to “send one card to the whole class” instead of individual ones, in an effort to “save money and the environment.”

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Parents criticized the “Grinch-like” decision, including one who told the Daily Mail, “Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can’t all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity.”

“It’s great to see them come out of school with their cards and a smile on their faces. It’s a Christmas tradition they have had for a long time and now they are taking it away,” the unidentified parent said. “I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory.”

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Another mother said: “Telling people to stop sending cards in a letter sent out to hundreds of kids stinks of rank hypocrisy. … They are mostly recyclable anyway. I agree that environmental issues are important but I don’t see recyclable Christmas cards as a massive contributor to these problems.”

Belton Lane Primary School has 279 students ages 4 to 11, according to Ofsted, a department of the United Kingdom’s government that inspects educational institutions.

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Who Is Noah Feldman? Scholar Specializes in Constitutional Law

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Noah Feldman, a professor at Harvard Law School, is part of a vanishing breed, a public intellectual equally at ease with writing law review articles, books aimed at both popular and scholarly audiences and regular opinion columns, all leaning left but with a distinct contrarian streak.

In October, he declared that the country was in a constitutional crisis, caused by the events that followed the disclosure of a July 25 phone call between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. When Mr. Trump told Congress that he would not participate in any of the House’s impeachment proceedings, it left the country with “situation where the Constitution does not provide a clear, definitive answer to a basic problem of governance,” Mr. Feldman wrote.

Mr. Feldman, 49, specializes in constitutional law and the relationship between law and religion and free speech. A graduate of Harvard and Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, he clerked for Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court. Justice Souter was appointed by a Republican president, and was expected to serve as a conservative voice on the court, but he later regularly sided with the liberal wing.

With years of teaching constitutional law at some of the country’s most elite institutions, Mr. Feldman will bring a deep analysis of different aspects of the Constitution and a lot of historical context. A prolific writer, he has written eight books and been published broadly, including in The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg News. And he has been outspoken about his views that the country is in a crisis without a simple solution to resolve it.

As one of the witnesses summoned by the Democrats, Mr. Feldman will most likely argue that there are constitutional grounds for impeaching Mr. Trump.

And he is not shy about what he thinks of Mr. Trump’s policies. For example, Mr. Feldman does not think Trump administration officials should have immunity from the impeachment proceedings; he does not think the president has the constitutional authority to engage in a this-for-that deal with a foreign country; and he thinks a special counsel should be appointed to investigate Attorney General William P. Barr and Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Mr. Feldman, who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish community, served as a constitutional adviser to the American-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

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College admissions scandal mastermind tried to get other Stanford coaches to bite on potential sports recruits

The college admissions scandal mastermind approached several Stanford University coaches about potential sports recruits over the last 10 years, the school said Tuesday.

Stanford’s former head sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, was the only Cardinal coach who went along with the scheme proposed by Rick Singer, an independent investigation funded by the university revealed.

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“Singer directly or indirectly approached seven Stanford coaches about potential recruits between 2009 and 2019,” Stanford University president Mark Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement. He added that there was no evidence anyone but the sailing coach “agreed to support a Singer client in exchange for a financial consideration.”

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William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, leaves federal court in Boston after pleading guilty on March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The names of other coaches contacted by Singer were not revealed. The report also did not detail the communications between Singer and the coaches.

Vandemoer pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted $770,000 in contributions to the program for agreeing to recommend to prospective students for admission. However, the university said neither student was admitted to the school.

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Vandemoer coached the Cardinal sailing team from 2009 to 2019. His teams won 29 Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference spring championships and made it to the semifinals of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association National Championships each year. He previously coached at the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

He was sentenced to one day in prison over the scandal and was the first person to receive a sentence of any kind. Before receiving his sentence in June, Vandemoer issued an apology.

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John Vandemoer, former head sailing coach at Stanford, arrives at federal court in Boston on March 12, 2019.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

“The career I worked for 20 years is gone,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “My freedom is in jeopardy … I deserve all this. I caused it. And for that, I am deeply ashamed.”

Singer has since pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. The nationwide scandal has ensnared dozens of wealthy parents, including former “Full House” star Lori Loughlin.

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Coaches at several other schools, including Yale and Georgetown, also admitted to charges in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jack Brewer: Trump’s support from African-Americans is growing – Here’s why Dems will be surprised

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James Prince, the most respected man in hip-hop, is among the growing number of black Americans – including me – who are recognizing that President Trump has accomplished some very good things for the African-American community.

I’m one of those who have become full-fledged supporters of the president and want to see him reelected. Others, like Prince, haven’t endorsed Trump for reelection at this point, but support some of the president’s policies and appreciate what he has done.

We also recognized that while Democrats make big promises to black voters in the run-up to every election, too often those promises are forgotten once the polls close. In part that’s because Democrats take our votes for granted – they just assume the vast majority of black people will vote Democratic. If more of us voted for Republicans, candidates in both parties would do more to compete for our votes.

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Yet too often, black supporters of President Trump and other Republican candidates are looked down on by many of our fellow African-Americans as sellouts or Uncle Toms – as if voting for Democrats was a requirement for being considered authentically black in America today. This is ridiculous.

White people vote for both Democrats and Republicans, and no one questions their “whiteness” based on who they vote for. So why should being black have such a strong association with voting for Democrats?

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I know it was a long time ago, but let’s not forget that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and the biggest supporters of segregation in the South before the civil rights movement reached full strength were Democrats.

Fortunately, President Trump appears to be picking up well-deserved support in the black community.

In fact, recent polls from Emerson College and Rasmussen show Trump has about a 34 percent approval rating from registered black voters. Most other polls show the president’s approval rating among black voters at only about 10 percent.

We don’t know how that black support today will translate into votes in the presidential election a year from now, but Trump clearly has a good shot at getting a bigger share of the black vote than the 8 percent he received in 2016.

James Prince – also known as J. Prince – is a music executive, promoter, CEO of Houston-based Rap-A-Lot Records, and manager of boxer Andre Ward and previously Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For 35 years Prince has worked to promote Houston’s rap scene and rap artists and he’s now working to help build a better future for underprivileged neighborhoods and the people who live there.

Prince may be best known for his discovery of the music phenom Drake, who recently wrote the forward to Prince’s book “The Art and Science of Respect.”

In the black community, Prince is feared by many and respected by just about all. Many rappers talk a big game in their lyrics, but they all kiss the ring of J. Prince. For this reason, Prince’s favorable comments about President Trump deserve our attention.

Prince has shown that hip-hop culture does not belong to the Democratic Party. I grew up in Texas embracing this culture, keeping the music of Ghetto Boys, UGK, 8 Ball and many of my other favorite Southern rappers on repeat. The music covered a lot of topics, but the Democratic Party wasn’t one of them.

Hip-hop culture definitely had its flaws with the glorification and promotion of sex, drugs and alcohol. But the one thing that it always represented was respect. That is something every American deserves.

President Trump can take credit for many achievements that have benefitted the black community.

The president’s tax cuts, elimination of unnecessary government regulations, and other policies have driven black unemployment and the black poverty rate to record lows. These policies have sparked a renaissance in manufacturing and other jobs that has benefitted not just black Americans, but all Americans.

And the many Opportunity Zones the president has created in low-income and predominantly black areas have revitalized areas neglected under Democratic administrations.

The president has also advocated for school choice that has given students in underperforming public schools the option of attending schools where they can get a better education. Many of the students benefitting from school choice are black.

In addition, President Trump has increased support for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, which continue to play an important role in the education of young black men and women.

Prince focused on the First Step Act in commenting favorably about President Trump on social media.

Trump signed the First Step Act into law in December 2018. The law allows non-violent convicts to get out of prison earlier and reenter society as productive members of their communities.

Black people benefitted disproportionately from this long-overdue reform that reversed the “get tough on crime” policies of Democrats in years past, which led to mass incarceration.

In a heartfelt statement, J. Prince wrote the following about the president’s signing of the First Step Act into law: “20 years ago my friend and brother got a life sentence by the Federal System with a release date of 2087. A lot of things have taken place between then and now so you can only imagine how much we will have to catch up on.

“Loss of time is something you can never get back but the time that we have now and moving forward is so important. That brings me to the law that was recently passed called First Step Act which is the reason my homie as so many others are being freed from the bondage of racism which is what caused them to get such an astronomical amount of time in the first place.

“There is a question mark in my mind and so many others on why the Democrats didn’t pass this law when they claim they represent the people. This First Step Act was signed off by Trump, a Republican President. The truth is the truth and facts are facts. With that being said I don’t care who don’t like it.”

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While J. Prince may be the most culturally respected black voice to speak out in support of Trump policies, Kanye West deserves a lot of credit for being brave enough to be one of the first.

Trust me, I know how much courage this takes, as I confessed to the world in an op-ed why I voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

Now a group called Black Voices for Trump has formed and launched a campaign in November to get the truth out about what President Trump has done for the black community and to help the president boost his share of the black vote.

The president flew to Atlanta to speak to several hundred people attending the group’s launch event.

“The Democrats have let you down,” President Trump said. “They’ve dismissed you. They’ve hurt you. They’ve sabotaged you for far too long.”

Look for more prominent black Americans to urge more people in the African-American community to take a clear-eyed look at the candidates for president in 2020.

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I think if more people from my community approach President Trump with an open mind and look at his record, more will support him for reelection. That’s a good thing. Democrats shouldn’t expect to get our votes automatically.

Black Americans finally have a president who is delivering on his promises to us with results our ancestors dreamed about. Now it’s time to use common sense to embrace President Trump’s policies over his personality.

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