An Ohio state representative announced her endorsement of President Donald Trump, citing low unemployment rates among black Americans under his administration.
“Not only am I Black, I am a proud American and delighted to endorse President Trump for re-election,” Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent wrote in her endorsement.
“Furthermore, I am honored to share with people my intent to vote for him and spread the word on the value of his leadership and his dedication to the American people.”
“We all recognize that gainful employment and economic development is the best deterrent against violence and social unrest, so I want to thank President Trump for his commitment to ensuring the success of the Black community in every way.”
She added that her “values” are more reflected by President Trump than in “Joe Biden’s divisive rhetoric, promotion of mass incarceration, and disrespectful, insensitive ideologies that substantiates his infamous comment ‘…if you’re still deciding between me and Trump, then you ain’t Black…’ during an interview on a popular African American radio program earlier this year.”
This endorsement comes after Kennedy Kent had been feuding with fellow Democrats in the state. She was voted out of the state’s House Democratic Caucus in 2018, after sending a letter on Ohio Legislative Black Caucus letterhead without permission. She is not seeking reelection.
“She basically hasn’t been involved with the party or her Statehouse job for a long time,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “This is the first I’ve heard of her in a while. Obviously, she checked out of her public position a long time ago.”
She said after her experiences with Democrats in the state, she “came to the conclusion that the Democrat Party does not have the people’s best interest in mind.”
Kennedy Kent also met with President Trump ahead of the presidential debate Tuesday evening, according to a pool report.