The Presidential nominee of the U.S. Republican party, Donald Trump has been canvassing for the votes of the African American community. As reported on Nigeriareporter.com, while Trump was at a rally at Dimondale, Michigan, he asked the African American community to try something new, and vote for him, in contrast to voting for the democratic ticket. He fired a direct question at the African American community asking “What do you have to lose?” But will Trump succeed in wooing black voters?
In the last election President Barack Obama garnered about 95% of African American votes, while his Republican counterpart Mitt Romney gained a measly 5%. It seems history might repeat itself as Donald Trump currently trails behind his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton by over 90% as predicted by major opinion polls.
According to a poll earlier this summer by Associated Press/GFK, half of Americans believes that Donald Trump is a racist and only 7% African Americans favor Donald Trump. But the New York business mogul is set to change people’s perspective about him. Trump is set to make an appearance in Detroit this Saturday. He will be attending a church service at the Great Faith Ministries followed by an interview with the church leader, Bishop Wayne T Jackson on the Impact Network. The Impact Network is the only African American owned and operated Christian television network that broadcasts across the United States.
The proposed visit has raised a lot of concerns as the mayor of Detroit said its natural for presidential candidates to visit the state, he was quoted to have said “but I think Detroiters will let him know that there are a lot of people in this country being marginalized. You can’t erase it all by showing up one day and say you didn’t mean it.” He said he thinks the candidate “marginalizes huge groups in this country who aren’t rich and who don’t look like him.”
Bishop Jackson, the founder of the Impact Network said he has voted for Democrats all his life, and thinks any candidate who wants to talk about the African American community must walk the walk, “he is coming to be interviewed, this is not a Trump rally, this is an opportunity for dialogue” he said. He also said Trump’s messages have not connected to the African American communities, “you can’t talk to African Americans from white venues” he added.
Donald Trump has visited Michigan twice after the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio; he was at the Detroit Economic Club to deliver a speech, and recently was in Dimondale, this will be his third visit to the state.