During a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proclaimed he will “do great with the African-Americans” despite using inflammatory rhetoric and offering no specific plan to address issues important to the Black community.
Trump told Tapper on Sunday’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union:
“The other thing is African-American voters, I think I’m going to get a tremendous amount. And you’ve seen the stories where African-American leaders are saying, ‘You know, my people really like Trump!’”
“Because I’m going to bring jobs back from China and Mexico and Japan and Vietnam and India and all these places that are taking their jobs. I’m going to bring jobs back. A recent poll came out where I had 25 percent African-American and the Republicans usually get about four or five percent.”
Later during his appearance on CNN, Trump spouted a series of statistics highlighting the abysmal unemployment statistics for Blacks saying, “African-American youth is 58 percent unemployed. African-Americans in their prime are substantially worse off economically than the Whites in their prime. It’s a very sad situation.”
On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed Trump’s assertion of doing well among African-American voters and the possibility of the GOP’s front-runner winning the Republican presidential nomination.
NewsOne Now panelist Michelle Bernard responded to Trump’s remarks saying, “If you look at Donald Trump before he ran for president and the African-Americans that we saw him hanging out with, clearly for marketing purposes — they’re nowhere to be seen.”
“The only high-level or semi-high-level celebrity, if you want to say that, hangs with Donald Trump publicly now is Omarosa,” Bernard said. “That’s not going to do anything for Donald Trump.”
She opined, “He’s got a serious problem when you say ‘Let’s make America great again.”
Lauren Victoria Burke, Managing Editor of Politic365.com said, “Whoever the nominee is, whether it’s him (Donald Trump) or Ted Cruz has a serious problem with Black and Latino voters.”
Watch Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discuss Donald Trump’s belief that he will garner a significant amount of African American votes in the video clip above.
21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
“I’m Going To Do Great With The African-Americans:” Trump Says He Has Black Voter Support was originally published on newsone.com