Donald Trump Said Black People Should Vote for Him Because Hillary Clinton Panders

Donald Trump pitched his campaign to black voters, saying Hillary Clinton only panders to them.

In a speech delivered in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Donald Trump attempted to pitch his campaign to an African American voter demographic that is almost totally absent from his base. In his speech, Trump stated that the Democratic party has taken the votes of black people for granted, and said that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party pander to African Americans.

"Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society, a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent, share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country," Trump said, adding that this adds to the "anti-cop atmosphere" in the US. 

"I'm asking for the vote of every African American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different and much better future," Trump continued. The GOP candidate for president also said that his campaign rejects "the bigotry of Hillary Clinton which panders to and talks to communities of color and sees them only as votes."

Trump's speech, which could legitimately be categorized as pandering itself, didn't strike the chord he had hoped for among many black people and other people of color who reacted on Twitter by calling the Donald out. Critics of the speech were fast to point out that the crowd Trump addressed on Tuesday was almost entirely white, and the fact that recent polls show Trump polling at just 1 percent support among African American voters. 

Trump gave a speech to "African-Americans" but in front of an audience that included almost no African-Americans.

— deray (@deray) August 17, 2016

Trump went to Wisconsin to woo the 1% of black voters that support him, which is weird because that 1% already works on his campaign.

— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) August 17, 2016

Trump's speech wasn't aimed at African-Americans. At a guess, it's aimed at moderate white conservatives who don't want to be seen as racist

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) August 17, 2016

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