Trump ramps up mi­nor­ity out­reach with Philly visit

GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee works to broaden sup­port

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Jill Colvin

PHILADEL­PHIA — Don­ald Trump was met with tears and grat­i­tude as he sat with African-Amer­i­can sup­port­ers Fri­day, in­clud­ing the mother of a slain young woman who was killed by a man who en­tered the U.S. il­le­gally.

The back-to-back meet­ings, held in a ball­room in North­west Philadel­phia, un­der­scored the bal­anc­ing act the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee is play­ing as he tries to ex­pand his sup­port in the race against Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

While Trump works to broaden his ap­peal among more mod­er­ate and mi­nor­ity vot­ers, he’s also work­ing to main­tain his pop­u­lar­ity with his core GOP base by press­ing his hard-line views on im­mi­gra­tion.

At the in­vite-only roundtable dis­cus­sion, Trump met with a dozen lo­cal busi­ness, civic and re­li­gious lead­ers who praised him for com­ing to “the hood” as part of his out­reach ef­forts.

Trump was warmly re­ceived by the group, in­clud­ing Daphne Gog­gins, a lo­cal Repub­li­can of­fi­cial, who wiped away tears as she in­tro­duced her­self to Trump, say­ing she’s been a Repub­li­can most her life, but, “for the first time in my life, I feel like my vote is go­ing to count.”

Re­nee Amoore, a lo­cal busi­ness leader, as­sured Trump that he has sup­port in the black com­mu­nity, de­spite his low stand­ing in pub­lic opin­ion sur­veys.

“Peo­ple say, Mr. Trump, that you have no AfricanAmer­i­can sup­port. We want you to know that you do,” she said, adding, “We ap­pre­ci­ate you and what you’ve done, com­ing to the Don­ald Trump com­forts Shalga Hightower, cen­ter, whose daugh­ter, Iofemi, in photo at bot­tom, was slain in 2007. hood, as peo­ple That’s a big deal.”

But Trump’s meet­ing also high­lighted the chal­lenges he faces mak­ing in­roads with African-Amer­i­cans and Lati­nos.

Pro­test­ers gath­ered in front of the build­ing where Trump ap­peared, and a coali­tion of la­bor lead­ers met nearby to de­nounce Trump’s out­reach to black vot­ers as disin­gen­u­ous and in­sult­ing.

Ryan Boyer of the La­bor Dis­trict Coun­cil said Trump “has no pre­scrip­tion to help in­ner-city Amer­ica.”

Next stop for Trump is Detroit on Satur­day, where blacks make up 83 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. He’s ex­pected to visit a church with a pre­dom­i­nantly black con­gre­ga­tion while there.

Mean­while, the news moder­a­tors for the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial de­bates were an­nounced.

NBC News chief an­chor Lester Holt will mod­er­ate the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate Sept. 26.

ABC’s Martha Rad­datz and CNN’s An­der­son call it. Cooper are do­ing the sec­ond Oct. 9, and Fox News Chan­nel’s Chris Wal­lace the third Oct 19.

Also Fri­day, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said his coun­try wasn’t in­volved in the hack­ing of emails of the Demo­cratic Party, but thinks the re­lease of the in­for­ma­tion was a ben­e­fit.

Some U. S. of­fi­cials claimed that Rus­sian mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence was be­hind the hack­ing, which pro­voked a po­lit­i­cal scan­dal in the U.S. by re­veal­ing ap­par­ent prej­u­dice in the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee against Clin­ton’s chal­lenger for the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, Bernie San­ders.

“At the state level, we cer­tainly weren’t in­volved in this,” Putin told Bloomberg News, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script re­leased Fri­day by the Krem­lin.

Putin said it wasn’t im­por­tant who con­ducted the hack­ing, but “what’s im­por­tant is that there was ma­te­rial that was re­leased to the pub­lic.”

EVAN VUCCI/AP

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