GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump made his case for black voters once again in Michigan Friday, saying this time that they should vote for him because they have “nothing to lose.” The way Trump sees it, “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.” These comments didn’t sit well with black voters, a dumbfounded Hillary Clinton who quickly responded, and Twitter, which had a lot to say.
Trump made the comments at a Dimondale rally.
“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?” he said. “What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
He added, “I will produce. I will produce the inner cities and I will produce for the African Americans. And the Democrats will not produce. All they’ve done is taken advantage of your vote... If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result.”
On Tuesday, Trump asked black people to vote for him because unlike his rival he doesn’t “pander” to their community. He said his campaign opposes "the bigotry of Hillary Clinton which panders to and talks to communities of color and sees them only as votes."
Clinton, who has had her own troubles with black voters when her 1996 comments calling black children “super predators” resurfaced, responded to Trump’s comments by calling them "ignorant."
This is so ignorant it’s staggering. https://t.co/t2fZl9sqKs— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2016
Clinton campaign's Senior Spokesperson Karen Finney also tweeted a response.
From comparing Trump's speech to his scripted remarks, it appears this particular tangent was thought up by the Donald himself on the spot.
BTW, only the first and last sentences here seem to be in prepared remarks. The rest is ad libbed. https://t.co/EudHCZGjIm— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 19, 2016
Here's how people elsewhere on Twitter reacted to Trump's comments.
Whelp, there goes Trump's 1% with African-American voters. https://t.co/UKvl1oo7pZ— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) August 19, 2016
Trump was in Dimondale, MI— ReMona (@_ReMona) August 19, 2016
Where it's 93% white. The only blacks he saw were at the airport when he flew in Detroit. https://t.co/PtJ3KCc5JZ
trump really hit blk voters with the jagged edge "we aint getting no younger so we might as well do it"— Desus Nice (@desusnice) August 19, 2016
There's that sweet, sweet pivot. https://t.co/QMJYYW1UUH— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) August 19, 2016
My dignity. My honor. My soul. My life. My pride. My future. My civil rights. My mind. My lunch. https://t.co/EkjKZ7oxdH— Michael Wiggins (@teachingartist) August 19, 2016
It's cool, I'm sure only 4 black people were in attendance when he said this so he wasn't really talking to us 😂 https://t.co/Hos1BSV7bz— Tasia Alyse (@SayItAint_Tayy) August 19, 2016
I liked it better when he was ignoring us https://t.co/wRutidJc1o— MeMyselfAndI (@MzdanaSow96) August 19, 2016
We've all been waiting for him to venture into this demographic https://t.co/5fhgQfOxK8— Matthew Jack (@matthewmjack) August 19, 2016
Did Trump just go PUA and neg black voters while courting them? https://t.co/qhykaoRmNi— Ryan Wentworth (@RyanSaysThings) August 19, 2016
Trump’s comments seem to be the result of him trying to correct his incredibly low numbers with black voters in recent polls. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed 91 percent of black voters favoring Clinton in comparison to one percent of black voters favoring Trump. At a rally in June, Trump showed he was in touch with black voters by singling out a black man in the crowd and calling him “my African American.” Maybe he should leave the work to former The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault, his director of African American outreach.