Democrats ‘be­trayed’ Afro-Amer­i­cans: Trump

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WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump made a pitch to African-Amer­i­can vot­ers on Tues­day, say­ing Democrats had “be­trayed” them and pledged he would re­vi­talise im­pov­er­ished ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

His com­ments at a rally in the Mid­west­ern state of Wis­con­sin came as some­thing of a sur­prise from the Repub­li­can can­di­date who un­til now has done lit­tle to en­dear him­self to mi­nori­ties.

With polls show­ing the bom­bas­tic bil­lion­aire trail­ing his White House op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton over­all and in bat­tle­ground states, it ap­peared Trump was try­ing to ex­pand his sup­port base be­yond his core of work­ing­class white vot­ers.

“I’m ask­ing for the vote of ev­ery African-Amer­i­can cit­i­zen strug­gling in our coun­try to­day who wants a dif­fer­ent and much bet­ter fu­ture. It’s time for our so­ci­ety to ad­dress some hon­est and very, very dif­fi­cult truths.

“The Demo­cratic Party has failed and be­trayed the African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.”

Black Amer­i­cans tend to vote Demo­cratic and Clin­ton has a solid lead among the de­mo­graphic.

But Trump said Democrats have “taken the votes of African-Amer­i­cans for granted. They just as­sume they’ll get your sup­port and done noth­ing in re­turn for it,” he said.

“It’s time to re­build the in­ner cities of Amer­ica and to re­ject the failed lead­er­ship of a rigged po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.”

Trump was speak­ing in West Bend fol­low­ing a spasm of racially charged vi­o­lence over the week­end in Wis­con­sin’s largest city of Mil­wau­kee af­ter po­lice there shot dead a black man.

Of­fi­cials said the 23-year-old man was armed, but the death an­gered res­i­dents, as it echoes a se­ries of deadly po­lice in­ci­dents in the United States in­volv­ing mainly African-Amer­i­can sus­pects.

Trump’s out­reach to black vot­ers came af­ter he said ear­lier on Tues­day that he would re­ject big­otry “in all forms” if elected pres­i­dent.

It was an­other un­ex­pected move from the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee who dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign has vowed to ban Mus­lim im­mi­grants and erect a wall to pre­vent Mex­i­can im­mi­gra­tion.

“This is my pledge to the Amer­i­can peo­ple: as your pres­i­dent I will be your great­est cham­pion,” Trump said in a state­ment posted on Face­book.

“I will fight to en­sure that ev­ery Amer­i­can is treated equally, pro­tected equally and hon­oured equally,” he said.

“We will re­ject big­otry and ha­tred and op­pres­sion in all its forms, and seek a new fu­ture built on our com­mon cul­ture and val­ues as one Amer­i­can peo­ple.” — AFP

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