Trump continued his multi-day effort to court the African-American vote with an appearance Saturday night on Fox News.
Trump’s message to the black community: Your lives are so miserable, I couldn’t possibly make things worse. He ignores the black middle class and describes the entire racial group as uneducated, unemployed and desperate.
Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro that blacks in America have “no health care, no education, no anything.” He described the lives of African-Americans as “a total catastrophe.”
Pressed on what he would actually do for African-Americans, Trump said that he would “get jobs,” without elaborating. Trump also promised to bring “spirit” to African-Americans by being a “cheerleader.”
Trump’s argument ignores that the vast majority of African-Americans have jobs, health insurance and do not live in poverty.
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Recent polls show Trump trailing Hillary Clinton among African-Americans by a margin of 92–2.
Trump’s public appeal for African-American votes appears to be part of a much anticipated general election “pivot,” which may also include a softening of his positions on immigration.
His efforts to broaden his appeal, however, are complicated by the fact that, just this week, Trump installed a champion of the modern white power movement as his campaign’s CEO.
Appearing on ABC, new Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to criticism that Trump’s appeal to African-Americans was insulting.
Trump’s comments on blacks were actually an appeal to all voters, Conway asserted. “I live in a white community. I’m white. I was very moved by his comment,” she said.
Update, 8/22:Trump expands his pitch, this time including Hispanics.
Trump doubles down on his pitch to African-Americans: "What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance." pic.twitter.com/PpuS7DV1Ev
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