Trump Pitches Black Vot­ers: ‘What The Hell Do You Have To Lose?

Clin­ton fired back Fri­day evening in a tweet, writ­ing, “This is so ig­no­rant it’s stag­ger­ing.”

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Don­ald Trump on Fri­day con­tin­ued his out­reach to African-Amer­i­can vot­ers, pre­sent­ing them with a stark ques­tion: “What the hell do you have to lose?” Speak­ing in Di­mon­dale, Michi­gan -- a pre­dom­i­nantly white sub­urb of Lans­ing – Mr Trump lamented the col­lapse of Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ing and crit­i­cised free trade deals as he laced into Hil­lary Clin­ton and the Demo­cratic Party, say­ing they are tak­ing black vot­ers for granted.

“You’re liv­ing in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 per cent of your youth is un­em­ployed -- what the hell do you have to lose?” Mr Trump asked the au­di­ence in an un­scripted mo­ment from a speech in which he oth­er­wise stuck to his teleprompter. Ms Clin­ton fired back Fri­day evening in a tweet, writ­ing: “This is so ig­no­rant it’s stag­ger­ing.” Mr Trump later ac­cused Ms Clin­ton of want­ing to give jobs to refugees rather than un­em­ployed African-Amer­i­cans in the US, say­ing they have “be­come refugees in their own coun­try.” Mr Trump -- speak­ing to an over­whelm­ingly white au­di­ence that fea­tured only a smat­ter­ing of African-Amer­i­cans and other mi­nori­ties -- also promised that were he to run for re­elec­tion at the end of his first term, he would win 95 per cent of the black vote. Such sup­port would be a tall or­der for Mr Trump -- a new NBC News/Wall

Street Jour­nal poll shows Mrs Clin­ton beat­ing Mr Trump 91 per cent-one per cent among African-Amer­i­cans. Fri­day’s speech fol­lows ma­jor changes in Mr Trump’s cam­paign. Ear­lier in the day, cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort re­signed, and last Wed­nes­day, Mr Trump an­nounced a new cam­paign man­ager/chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

The changes co­in­cided with a star­tlingly con­trite cam­paign ap­pear­ance when Mr Trump ac­knowl­edged that sev­eral state­ments he’s made on the trail have been hurt­ful to oth­ers.

Trump to African-Amer­i­cans: What do you have to lose?

Don­ald Trump dur­ing the Michi­gan rally.

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