Trump increasingly is being called out for lies, misstatements and gross exaggerations on the campaign trail.
He made the latest remarks before a mostly-white audience at a rally in rural North Carolina. He declared that African-American communities “are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.”
The speech was part of the GOP candidate’s effort to woo black voters who traditionally vote Democratic. But like his previous appeals, this one backfired.
Trump is in danger of losing North Carolina, another traditional red state where Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has made significant inroads among voters. Clinton has also closed the gap on Trump in Texas, another red state.
Trump’s appeal raised red flags among African-American leaders.
“Beware of the false prophets that are predicting and even hoping for a low African American voter turnout. We defied the odds in 2008 and in 2012 with large Black voter turnouts. Now we must do it again,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
President Obama who gave the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2016 Phoenix Awards Dinner last Saturday urged black voters to repeat the record turnout he enjoyed in 2008 and 2012.
“You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote. And I’m going to be working as hard as I can these next seven weeks to make sure folks do,” he said.
Trump effectively has no base among African-American voters. He’s been polling in the low single digits from most of the presidential campaign. In some cases, his support is zero.
For context, here is the substance of Trump’s remark:
“We’re going to make our country wealthy again. We’re going to make our country safe again. We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever. You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They’re worse, I mean honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities.”
Donald Trump suffered another gaff last week at predominantly African-American Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich. He was scolded by a pastor for attempting to make a political speech.
Rev. Faith Green Timmons, cut off Trump mid-speech. “Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us,” she said, adding, “not make a political speech.”
Afterward, Trump made matters worse by criticizing Timmons.
Clinton and Trump will debate for the first time face-to-face next week at Hofstra University.
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