Trump will directly address black voters, top aide says
“Those events are actually being planned, and we’re very excited about them,” Kellyanne Conway told “Fox News Sunday,” acknowledging that Trump so far hasn’t yet held a rally in front of a largely black audience.
Such a move could help blunt criticism from figures like the head of the Democratic National Committee, who blasted Trump on Sunday for failing to reach out directly to black voters.
“Donald Trump has not held an event in the black community,” DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“He has not gone to a black church, as Hillary Clinton has done,” she said. “He’s not gone to historical black colleges — Hillary Clinton (has). He’s not met with the mothers of children who have been slain and killed from violence in the country as Hillary Clinton has done.”
Brazile’s criticism, and Conway’s pledge for new events, comes after Trump had linked the shooting death of basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to his efforts to reach black voters in a tweet Saturday.
“Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Trump wrote.
Trump running mate Mike Pence defended that tweet — for which Trump has faced criticism for immediately linking a shooting death to politics — in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“The truth of the matter is, Donald Trump is laying out in that tweet — in short form; it is, what, 140 characters — that we have a choice to make as a country,” Pence said.
“We can continue with the leadership that has left us with dangerous streets in our cities, failing schools, no jobs,” he said. “Or, we can go with someone who is committed to educational choice for minority families and families all across this country; for a commitment to law and order and standing with and standing by our law enforcement community; committed to bringing jobs and opportunity and hope to every American, regardless of race and creed and color.”
Trump made a stark pitch earlier this month to African-American voters in Michigan, saying of voting for him: “What the hell do you have to lose?”
But the firebrand GOP candidate has struggled with winning over minority voters.
Some Republicans, including pollster Whit Ayres, have said Trump’s outreach to African-American voters has more to do with bolstering his image among white voters who are uncomfortable with his campaign.