Trump to Black vot­ers: What the hell do you have to lose?

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

Di­mon­dale: Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump again made a di­rect ap­peal to black vot­ers 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 African- Amer­i­can 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 AfricanAmer­i­can 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 AfricanAmer­i­cans "only as votes, not as hu­man be­ings wor­thy of a bet­ter fu­ture," And he painted a dis­mal role of life for African- Amer­i­cans 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 African- Amer­i­can 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 color."

— AP

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