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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Hillary Clinton of “bigotry” and said she’s taking black voters for granted.
Trump claimed during his speech in West Bend, Wis., that Democrats have “done nothing in return” for the votes of African-Americans.
“They’ve taken advantage of the African-American citizen,” Trump said. “It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes and it’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America and reject the failed, rigged system.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes, that’s all they care about, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” he said. “They have taken advantage.”
Trump also made the case that African-Americans were the hardest hit by a lack of policing. Trump called for enhancing law enforcement in the wake of increased racial tension following the fatal police-involved shooting of a black man in Milwaukee — about 40 miles from where he gave his Tuesday speech — who authorities say was armed.
Trump said that “law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods” are impacted the most by a lack of law and order, adding, “There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct for anyone.”
The remarks represent an escalation of attacks on his Democratic counterpart as Trump seeks to regain a footing in the presidential race after weeks of lagging polling figures showing him losing in battleground states following several controversies over his own statements.
It was the third carefully scripted Trump speech in two weeks meant to posit Trump as a credible presidential nominee less than three months before the election, and it came on the heels of his speech last week on the economy and speech Monday on foreign policy.
Earlier in the evening, Trump’s campaign posted a “pledge” on Facebook to “reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms.”
Trump, who averaged just 2 percent support among black voters in several recent polls after last month’s conventions, rattled off crime and poverty statistics in several communities, blaming Democrats for issues facing those in the nation’s inner cities.
Intertwined with his appeal to black voters was his rebuke of a “rigged” political system, accusing Democrats of tilting the scales for Clinton and praising himself for emerging as the GOP nominee despite political and monetary opposition.
“Eventually we’re going to break that system,” Trump vowed.
Trump said he was fighting for “a peaceful regime change in our own country,” defining a new agenda focused on “government of, by and for the people.”
“It’s time to stop making the special interests rich. It’s time to make the American people much richer than they’ve ever been before,” he said.
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