"We want you to know that you do".
"No matter what Donald Trump says when he arrives, there is no pivot", Napoleon said.
Trump will spend Saturday in the heavily black, economically struggling city, heading to a church then going out with surrogate Ben Carson to see the neighborhoods where his former primary rival grew up as he seeks to show that he can indeed reach out to the black community. As of today, Trump has made no mention of the long-ignored issues of racial and economic justice that have inflamed debate and rightfully taken our national conversation by storm. The developments over the past month underscore the steady stream of divisive language, racially charged imagery and flat-out racist statements permeating this election season.
The visit follows Trump's repeated message throughout rallies in MI and nationwide to African American voters asking, "What in the hell do you have to lose?". "You should allow people to ask questions". In any case, Donald Trump is probably not going to win the black vote in November.
Good news black people living in America, Donald Trump really loves you.
But he faces an uphill climb - to say the least. Jones said Debbie Williams, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania's First Congressional District will be there. "Every time he's on Fox or MSNBC, he's talking to voters". Some 29% of Republicans think that way and 72% of non-whites have the same view.
A 2013 Pew Research Center study of Bureau of Labor Statistics data determined the unemployment rate among blacks has been double that among whites for more than six decades.
Donald Trump is being praised by a group of supporters for coming to "the hood" to meet with local black leaders in Philadelphia. Indeed, everything about this particular congregation's posture indicated that it would be willing to listen to Trump, even as he has so often sounded tone deaf when it comes to black America. "I will never let you down", the campaign suggests he says, adding, "By the way, my support is now up to 8 percent and climbing". The fact is, Hillary Clinton is carrying the mantel of a political party that has provided voting rights but far too many republicans have been involved in efforts to suppress the black vote and destroy the voting rights act.
"My phone has been burning up", Jackson told the Detroit Free Press in an interview Tuesday. "What the hell do you have to lose?".
The challenge for Trump - and other Republicans - is that African-American voters widely support Democrats.
"Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago", Trump tweeted.
"I've worked with multiple organizations just trying to have the dialogue".
Nationally, Trump is polling in the low single digits among African Americans in many polls.
The New York Times published a report Thursday revealing "an eight-page draft script" with twelve questions the campaign had worked out for an interview with Bishop Wayne Jackson, the pastor of Great Faith Ministries Congregation in Detroit.
There may be a private meeting with a small group of church-goers, but it wasn't clear whether it would be open to the news media.
"I have questions that they don't know about, no one knows about".
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