December 02, 2015
UPDATE [9:27 p.m.] Milton Street provided photographic proof on Wednesday night of his private meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Virginia via a Facebook post.
Also, Bloomberg Politics reporter Sahlil Kapur tweeted Wednesday night that Trump said he may give a speech on black-on-black crime, something Street told PhillyVoice he planned on discussing with the candidate:
Trump says he might give a speech about black on black crime (per @margarettalev). What could go wrong?— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) December 3, 2015
Namely, the rabblerousing former state legislature who flipped from Democrat to Republican in the go-go Harrisburg Eighties and then returned to the Dem fold in pursuit of local office, said he was heading out of town for a big moment.
“I’m on my way to Virginia to meet Donald Trump,” he said.
Calling from Fairfax, Va., late this afternoon, Street confirmed that he has an invitation to meet with Trump privately after a rally Wednesday night in Manassas, Va. Street said he planned to use the occasion to invite Trump to attend a scheduled rally with the black community in Philadelphia.
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. This is so good.
Turns out that the man who has proven to be an unrelenting critic of DA Seth Williams’ not firing three subordinates caught up in a swirl of racist, sexist, pornographic-email allegations is gonna meet the man who infuriates much of America on a nearly regular basis.
The Trump/Milton meeting of the minds has nothing to do with that porn, though.
Per Milton Street, he’s seeking financial support for the “414 Community Movement” for which he’s been pushing since announcing his 2015 mayoral run in 2014.
He said that the movement is an effort to combat crime in distraught Philadelphia neighborhoods, among other things.
He hoped to enlist "20,000 people, maybe more" into the "414 Community Movement" through a series of community meetings. Any costs accrued through this mission, he said, would be offset by its ability to keep people out of prison.
("The power is in people, not politicians. With a sense of purpose, we can get that accomplished. It costs $40,000 a year to keep a person in prison, but if we hire 3,000 people, and do the math, say that comes out to costing $40 or $50 million, think about every $1,000 we save by keeping people out of prison," he once said.)
Trump, as you may already know, is in the midst of a controversy regarding a meeting with black ministers that was initially branded as an endorsement until the alleged endorsers say, “Yeah, no, that’s not what this is.”
Street doesn’t pay that much mind, though. No. He sees a chance to make a statement.
“Black people need to understand that politics is about the issues that affect their lives,” he said. “It’s not about Republican or Democrat. It’s about what candidate is going to address the issues that face their communities.”