What the hell do you have to lose? Trump to black vot­ers

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DI­MON­DALE — Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump again made a di­rect ap­peal to black vot­ers on Fri­day night, urg­ing them to aban­don the Demo­cratic Party and give him a chance.

Speak­ing at a rally in Di­mon­dale, Michi­gan, an over­whelm­ingly white sub­urb out­side of Lans­ing, the GOP nom­i­nee ar­gued that Democrats, in­clud­ing his ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, have taken ad­van­tage of AfricanAmer­i­can vot­ers and taken their votes for granted.

“Tonight, I’m ask­ing for the vote of ev­ery sin­gle African-Amer­i­can cit­i­zen in this coun­try who wants to see a bet­ter fu­ture,” Trump told the crowd.

“What do you have to lose by try­ing some­thing new, like Trump?” he asked them. “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 also made a bold pre­dic­tion: “At the end of four years, I guar­an­tee you that I will get over 95 per­cent of the African-Amer­i­can vote. I prom­ise you.”

Most polls show Trump trail­ing Clin­ton sig­nif­i­cantly among black vot­ers. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama won roughly 93 per­cent of black vot­ers in his re-elec­tion cam­paign in 2012.

But Trump once again ac­cused Clin­ton of “big­otry,” claim­ing she sees African-Amer­i­cans “only as votes, not as hu­man be­ings wor­thy of a bet­ter fu­ture”.

And he painted a dis­mal role of life for AfricanAmer­i­cans in the work­force, declar­ing that, in cities like Detroit, they “have be­come refugees in their own coun­try”.

On Twit­ter, the Clin­ton cam­paign re­sponded, “This is so ig­no­rant it’s stag­ger­ing”.

The Clin­ton cam­paign’s Mar­lon Mar­shall added in a state­ment: “Don­ald Trump asks what the AfricanAmer­i­can com­mu­nity has to lose by vot­ing for him.

“The answer is every­thing from a man who ques­tions the cit­i­zen­ship of the first African-Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent, courts white su­prem­a­cists, and has been sued for hous­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against com­mu­ni­ties of colour.”

Mar­shall said, “Trump paint­ing the en­tire com­mu­nity as liv­ing in poverty with no jobs con­tin­ues to show he is com­pletely out of touch with the AfricanAmer­i­can com­mu­nity”. — AFP

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