Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried to deliver an unexpected pitch to African-American voters across the country on Tuesday, by accusing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of bigotry and promising more police in black communities to make them safer.
The White House hopeful blamed the former secretary of state and her party of taking advantage of black voters and betraying the minority community.
“[Clinton] panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes, not as individual human beings worthy of a better future,” Trump said. “She doesn’t care at all about the hurting people of this country, or the suffering she has caused them.”
Considering how the business mogul is currently polling at 1 percent among African Americans, no doubt he thought it was the best time to make a case against Clinton.
“The violence, riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of citizens to live in security and to live in peace,” he added. “Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all but most especially for the sake of those living in the affected communities, of which there are many.”
He then appealed directly to the voters.
“The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods,” Trump continued. “It's their job, it's their homes, it's their schools and communities which will suffer the most as a result. There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct for anyone. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor and will never be accepted in a Trump administration.”
However, viewers were quick to point out one important detail: There was an obvious lack of black people at the event…
Trump started his speech seemingly trying to appeal to African Americans, who it would seem were not at the rally. pic.twitter.com/oTzybHlXWM— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) August 17, 2016
Or in the city, for that matter.
Trump speaking *as if* he is appealing directly to black voters - note that campaign chose West Bend for this address, which is 95% white.— Ari Melber MSNBC (@AriMelber) August 17, 2016
Why isn’t Trump making this speech in the black areas of Milwaukee? Oh right: gutless.— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) August 17, 2016
I'm trying to imagine the conversation at Trump HQ.— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) August 17, 2016
"We need to make a pitch to black voters."
"Let's do that in a nearly all-white town."
The rally took place in West Bend, whose population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 statistics, is only 1 percent African-American.
Not to mention, people were literally selling Confederate flags outside the venue:
WEST BEND, WI- Outside Trump rally in my ongoing series "Confederate Flags Around America." Vendor says he's sold 5 pic.twitter.com/suqlwp7hwv— Candace Smith (@CandaceSmith_) August 16, 2016
Black people from all across the country had a lot to say about Trump’s speech.
Donald Trump is getting African American outreach wrong in the exact way that the GOP has been getting it wrong for my entire life.— Petey RobLowe (@jteeDC) August 17, 2016
trump saw that he was getting 1% from black people and said "too high"— shrillary tintin (@theshrillest) August 17, 2016
it’s also disconcerting listening to trump speak in wisconsin this week to a room full of white people about how to fix the black community— america (@greghoward88) August 17, 2016
Trump is attempting to appeal to African-American voters in West Bend, Wisconsin which is nearly 95% white— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) August 17, 2016
Many called out his racist business policies:
Trump says he has a plan for inner cities. I wonder if it includes not renting to Black apartment-seekers like he did before.— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) August 17, 2016
#Trump cares about African Americans, just ask the Central Park Five and all of the people that experienced his housing discrimination— JustSteph (@madsaleswoman) August 17, 2016
Trump - whose early properties marked African Americans with a ‘C’ for ‘Colored’ - says he's candidate African Americans have been waiting 4— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) August 17, 2016
As well as his hypocrisy:
And this clown wonder's why his support among African Americans is at nearly 0%, here's one reason. https://t.co/7RvDKFnMHz— Ready Rock (@readyrock) August 17, 2016
Did @realDonaldTrump say the immigrants will take the jobs of the low income African Americans..Shows what he really thinks of us.I can't— Tamika Jones (@Ttrhema) August 17, 2016
Among other things, Trump has spoken all kinds of craziness about President Obama. Why would black folks vote for such a man? #XanaxTrump— Damon Bethea (@damonbethea1) August 17, 2016
Same Trump that tweeted about the stereo type that blacks R criminals who should be feared is the one now talking to African Americans— Clara Karaithi (@ClaraKaraithi) August 17, 2016
Trump: Immigrants will “take all the jobs, including from low-income African Americans.”— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 17, 2016
He doesn’t even know he’s being racist.
Trump’s racism, particularly toward black people, is no secret.
The former reality TV star has not only kicked African Americans out his campaign events, but also reportedly declined invitations to speak at the NAACP, Urban League and the recent National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention.