Whitlock said it is a "facade" that black men do not have anything in common with the president. The sportswriter also said that the mentality of black men is not that "inconsistent" with Donald Trump and implored people to listen to hip-hop.
"When you go evaluate the record, not the personality -- I get it," Whitlock said. "He doesn't act presidential and I get why that's off-putting to people. But when you go evaluate the policy, it says like, holy cow, this guy is not only a man of his word, look at the money directed from the federal government toward HBCUs. This deal he negotiated with Ice Cube about the Platinum Plan, he may actually follow through on it and I just think that rings true and compelling to a lot of black men."
"I think there's some clear momentum for President Trump particularly I think with black men," Whitlock declared. "I think we have been carrying on a facade for three and a half years as black men that somehow we can't relate to Donald Trump. That we didn't celebrate him in hip-hop music for decades. That he wasn't friends with countless black athletes, entertainers, celebrities."
"Look, in a part of this interview that we'll air in full tonight on Outkick, he mentioned at one point he and Jesse Jackson were friends," he said. "And he thought that Jesse Jackson may still say positive things about me -- so there's been a charade I think particularly among black men pretending that they don't have something in common with President Trump and that facade is starting to end and I think that's why you've seen the rapper Ice Cube, you've seen 50-Cent and Kanye starting reaching out and acknowledging the truth that they really don't have a problem with Donald Trump."
"I'm someone that grew up during the hip-hop, at its beginning, and if you go listen to hip-hop music and what black men and our mentality it's just not that inconsistent with President Trump," Whitlock continued. "So yeah, do I think they have feared that. Look, the masculinity of Trump, he represents the patriarchy, he's not politically correct."
"Those are things, I'm sorry, that a lot of black men can relate to and it's not really surprising to me that he's starting to make headway in that direction," he added.
"Look, if you look at his support at HBCUs, the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform he's done, the Opportunity Zones in black communities, the investment that he's sparked. Go back when the economy was going well, the record unemployment for black men and just black people in general," Whitlock said.