Tue | Aug 22, 2017

Trump continues outreach to black voters

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds as he is introduced by boxing promoter Don King prior to speaking at the Pastors Leadership Conference at New Spirit Revival Center, yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio.

WASHINGTON (AP):

Donald Trump is continuing his outreach to black voters with a visit to a friendly Cleveland church.

The Republican presidential nominee said he understands "that the African-American community has suffered from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right".

Trump has offended many blacks by painting a dismal picture of life in minority communities. He's said that inner-city residents can't walk down the street without being shot, and falsely asserts that some inner cities are less safe than Afghanistan.

But Trump nonetheless says his outreach is paying off.

The event, billed as a pastors leadership conference, featured some of Trump's most visible minority supports, including TV personality Omarosa Manigault and retired surgeon Ben Carson.

Boxing promoter Don King let slip a racial slur as he makes the case for black voters to support Donald Trump.

King was talking about what it's like to be black in America as he introduced Trump at the event organised by Darrell Scott, a prominent black pastor.

King said a black man is always framed by his skin colour.

King recalled telling pop icon Michael Jackson, "If you're poor, you're a 'poor Negro.' If you're rich, you're a 'rich Negro.'" An educated black man is "an intellectual Negro."

He continued: "If you're a dancing and sliding and gliding n-a - I mean Negro - you are 'a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro'."

Gasps and laughs could be heard from the audience.

King was praising Donald Trump as "the only gladiator" who can take on a system that King said is "rigged" and "racist" and "sexist".

King said white women and African-Americans should vote for Trump to topple the established order.