Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump once again appealed to African-American voters Friday night saying, “What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?”
Trump’s speech Friday in Dimondale, a mostly white suburb in Michigan, reportedly marked the third time this week that the real estate mogul tried to appeal to African-American voters. The latest polls show that only a dismal 2 percent of African-Americans are willing to vote for Trump.
“Tonight, I’m asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future,” he said to supporters. “You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?”
He claimed that his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton had taken advantage of African-American voters, taking their votes for granted. He also swore to “produce” for African-Americans where Democrats had failed.
“If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result,” Trump said. He alleged that Clinton “would rather provide a job to a refugee” than to the unemployed African-American youths, “who have become refugees in their own country.”
He also predicted that “at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you.”
Clinton responded to Trump on Twitter saying, “This is so ignorant it’s staggering.” The Clinton campaign’s Director of States/Political Engagement Marlon Marshall also tweeted, “Trump painting the entire African American community as living in poverty with no jobs shows he's completely out of touch with us.”
Trump has received strong support from white supremacist groups. He was criticized heavily when he took days to speak out against the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who endorsed the billionaire New Yorker.