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Black leaders, DNC blast Trump for ‘racist’ comments

Black leaders have denounced former President Trump’s recent comments about black voters as “racist.”

On Friday, at the Black Conservative Federation’s (BCF) annual gala in South Carolina, President Trump said his legal woes were gaining support among black voters across the country.

“I was indicted for nothing, for nothing,” Trump told the audience. “And a lot of people said that’s why black people like me, because black people have been so hurt and discriminated against. In fact, they saw me as discriminated against. That was pretty cool, but maybe there’s something there.”

The former president added that black Americans have also “embraced” his mug shot and that they know black people because they built his buildings.

His comments immediately drew ire from the NAACP.

“The NAACP is outraged but not surprised by yet another racist comment by our former president,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told The Hill in a statement.

“Donald Trump has a delusion that he thinks his criminality is an attractive quality to black voters,” he continued. “He has taken advantage of a system that is inherently racist, while Black Americans have been mistreated by that system. We are not the same.”

Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project, said President Trump’s comments are “totally racist” and will not go down well with black men.

“This is nothing but a continuation of what Donald Trump has always been,” Robinson told The Hill. “Black men don’t live in isolation. It’s not like we don’t know that. We get it. The world may be fooled, but we’re not moved by it. ”

President Trump, who currently faces four indictments totaling 91 criminal charges and more than six civil lawsuits, is trying to drum up support from President Biden among black voters ahead of the November general election. Are expected.

In 2020, he won 12% of the vote among black voters, up from 8% in 2016.

In addition to his speech at the gala, President Trump also indicated that he is considering Sen. Tim Scott (R-Fla.) and Rep. Byron Donald (R-Fla.) as running mates.

However, the support of the former president by two black congressmen has not been well received by some black voters.

“The only thing that is shocking to the world is that Tim Scott and Byron Donald continue to support President Trump by showing how racist he is.” Robinson said.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) also on Friday condemned the “tired metaphor” espoused by President Trump.

“This may be news to President Trump, but even as he pushes out the well-worn tropes of who wants to be Jordan and T-shirts with mugshots, under his leadership record unemployment and uninsured It will not win over black voters who have suffered from soaring rates,” Sarafina Chitica said. A DNC state spokesperson said in a statement:

“Trump is showing black voters exactly what he thinks about them, and his ideas for getting them to support him are as banal and racist as he is,” she said. added. “Meanwhile, President Biden and Vice President Harris are keeping their promises to Black voters and delivering real news, including record-low Black unemployment rates, historic investments in HBCUs, and billions of dollars in student debt relief.” It brings about victory.”

In his speech, President Trump accused Biden of being a racist.

“Joe Biden has proven to be a truly mean and vicious racist,” President Trump said. “He was a racist. Like it or hate it…most people in this room happen to not like that.”

The Biden and Harris campaigns issued a scathing response Saturday, calling the former president an “incompetent, anti-Black tyrant.”

Jasmine Harris, Black Media Director for the Biden-Harris Re-election Campaign, said, “During Black History Month, I’m going to tell a room full of Black voters as if I’m not a proud poster boy for modern-day racism.” “Donald Trump has the audacity to speak,” it said in a statement.

“This man has accused the Central Park Five of crimes they didn’t commit, questioned the humanity of George Floyd, likened his impeachment trial to a lynching, and criticized the disparity in unemployment rates for black workers while he was president. “This is the same guy who made sure that it expanded,” she said.

Harris added, “Come November, Black Americans will know exactly who Donald Trump is, no matter how many disingenuous voter engagement events he engages in. It will show,” he added.

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