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Trump Makes His Case to Black Voters

August 23, 2016
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Voters in past election in Ferguson, MO. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty

Voters in past election in Ferguson, MO. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty

Donald Trump made a speech about the black vote in a Michigan town where almost everyone is white. It was almost the same speech he makes everywhere. He says, in effect, America is a country of losers. Since he wanted to talk about black people, he said no group has more losers than black Americans.

Trump’s view of America is “dystopian.” It means America, its people and its role in the world is all heading to disaster. We are falling apart. Only he can save us. He says we are losing to China, to the Islamic State and our economy, which is falling apart.

Referring to race, he said no group been more harmed by“crooked Hillary” than African Americans. He repeated, “No group. No group.” “If Hillary Clinton’s goal was to inflict pain on the African American community, she could not have done a better job. It is a disgrace,” he said.

Trump then made his pitch to get the black vote. “Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those, I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” he asked.

He continued, “You live in your poverty; your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 [sic] percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump declared that he would win 95 percent of the black vote at the end of his first term in office.

Polls show that Trump has almost no appeal among black voters. Hillary Clinton said of Trump’s speech “This is so ignorant it’s staggering.”

Trump has also said that he thinks Democrats may “rig the election” so he loses. He points to big cities in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia is the one he is talking about. It is a city with a large black population.

Source: The Washington Post August 20, 2016

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