It’s 2016 and a NY Pol Is Offering Black Voters Fried Chicken, Kool-Aid, and Watermelon

Forget Donald Trump‘s outreach to black voters, which has been seen as questionable by some. Trump may have asked black voters what they have to lose by backing him, but he hasn’t completely fallen back on outdated and offensive stereotypes.

The same can’t be said for Jon Girodes, a man running for the New York Senate as a Republican. He is running in the 30th District, according to the NBC New York, which includes Harlem. To woo the black voters who live there, the man is offering fried chicken, Kool-Aid, and watermelon. In an email to NBC, he added this as an unprompted postscript:

Ps I’m hosting an event in Harlem which will be in front of the state building in a few weeks. We will [donate] Kool Aid, KFC and watermelons to the public on 125th street in Harlem. Please join us to help the community.

It hasn’t been going well since then.

“I think it’s important to out [Girodes’ remarks] not just to denounce him but to set a tone in this neighborhood and in this city that this type of offense does not go unchallenged,” said Girodes’ rival, Democratic State Senator Bill Perkins.

Here’s how NBC has been covering the shocking event:

He has been defending his stereotypical offering by saying, “What I think is anyone who gives free food to people is doing them a favor.”

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