“The GOP is the Party of Lincoln, and I want our party to be the home of the African-American vote once again,” Trump said
Report from Politico:
Donald Trump, whose campaign has been embroiled in countless racial controversies, called on the Republican Party to improve its outreach to black voters on Saturday.
“Outreach to the African-American community is an area where the Republican Party must do better,” said Trump, at an evening campaign stop in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Coming from Trump, the chiding may be hard to swallow for Republican leaders, who have seen their plans to improve minority outreach following Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss undermined by the New York businessman’s actions and inflammatory statements about minorities. The Republican nominee has repeatedly retweeted white supremacists, retweeted false statistics that blame black Americans for more murders than they actually commit, and declined to condemn the Ku Klux Klan in a television interview before later disavowing the group on Twitter.
“The GOP is the Party of Lincoln, and I want our party to be the home of the African-American vote once again. I want an inclusive country, and I want an inclusive party,” said Trump, who has made explicit appeals to black voters at recent rallies, including a widely criticized address in Michigan on Friday. A recent average of four national polls showed Trump with the support of 2 percent of black voters, behind not only Hillary Clinton at 86 percent, but also Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 5 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4 percent.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump met with about two-dozen Hispanic leaders at Trump Tower in New York. There, he spoke of taking a “humane and efficient” approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants, leading some attendees to surmise he was signaling an openness to abandoning his public position calling for mass deportations, according to Buzzfeed. Trump has been vague in recent months in his public statements about his mass-deportation proposal and Republican leaders have begun saying that Trump no longer intends to deport all undocumented immigrants.
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