Trump pitch to black voters: ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’

by Andrew Blake - The Washington Times  |  published on August 21, 2016

Donald Trump drew new criticism from opponents this weekend over comments he said during a campaign stop outside Detroit on Friday where he asked for the support of black voters.

“Look at how much African-American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?” the Republican nominee for president asked during an afternoon rally in Dimondale, Michigan.

“You’re living in your 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?” Mr. Trump asked.

Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton responded to her opponent within minutes, tweeting: “This is so ignorant it’s staggering.”

“I’d love to chat with Trump about how black people are all ‘living in poverty’ but I can’t decide which of my houses we should meet at,” comedian George Wallace said in tweet Friday that has since been shared more than 5,000 times.

  • Bob

    Funny how Hillary says the Trump is courting racists when she is in the pocket of the BLM crowd. She can support those who murder Police, who call for the attacking of Police Officers, yet will not even fill out a questionnaire for the FOP. Mr. Trump has called for vetting of immigrants to ensure they will comply with our laws, especially that they will support religious freedom of choice for all, and that is considered “Anti-Muslim” by Clinton. Why? Do all Muslims not support religious freedom? Would this not make her statement the racist one, believing that Muslims would be banned from immigration because they do not support our ideals?

  • justinwachin

    Donald Trump got this right. Blacks have been a reliable voting block for Democrats for decades, but all these promises to make them prosperous have fallen short. Maybe its time they give the Republicans a chance to help them improve their lives. Blacks have nothing to lose but their poverty.

    Of course Hillary Clinton is going to respond to this. Hillary has no new ideas. Hillary’s time in office will be spent selling government to the wealthy donors via the Clinton Foundation. With President Hillary, Hillary prospers. I think it is time to try something different.

  • Kanawah

    If Trump wins, they have all of what they do have to loose.
    Trump is a lying buffoon.

    • CharlieSeattle

      Laughable revisionist liberal BS!

  • rwendling70

    Trump staff: why not buy discount-for-volume tickets for ‘folks’ to see “Hillary’s America “? If instead of a $10 ticket, a $5 ticket might entice some poor but thinking blacks to see this eye-opening film about scummy Demorats and the origins of northern ghettos, KKK, Jim Crow, and separate-but-equal. (Hint for those living in Rio Vista: it was the Demorats.)

  • Sue

    Hillary (Merkel) Clinton has 3 mansions that we know of. Who’s she kidding? The response from her is: “This is so ignorant it’s staggering.” It’s not denying any of what he said. Is that the best response she could muster?

  • itsfun

    Look at the big cities that are ran by progressives. Detroit, Cincy, Baltimore, Chicago just to name a few. Just what do the blacks have to lose by electing Trump? The so-called black leaders like the Rev Jackson just get rich on the backs of them. I remember a late mayor of Detroit (a black man) talking about the Rev Jackson, he called him a politician that never got elected for anything and a reverend that never had a church.

    • AFVET

      Get this message out to all the cities/slums. Hopefully many will get it!
      Trump-Pence 2016

  • Shelly Shannon

    Democrat or not, African Americans need to decide whether or not they want a better life for themselves and their families. I think one of the big problems is the money within the democratic party. After all the promises Obama and Clinton have made for the past 8 years, African Americans know the money should be there for their communities, but what they don’t realize is almost all that money went back into the pockets of the very people who made those promises. To All African Americans who may be on this comment section, please think about the abuse and discontent you have endured through the last 8 years by Obama and Hillary Clinton. Don’t let them rob you or your families of anything more. Stop letting these corrupt polititions use you for a vote and then betray you. Your children deserve more. You might not like Trump, but just take a minute to consider the fact that he is actually the one who has the policies to put that money back into your communities and save your children. His policies are fair for everyone no matter who you are.

    • CharlieSeattle

      Blacks want a better life that they don’t have to work for.

      More FREE STUFF!

  • DEW

    Trump has an uphill fight here cause it seems to me they pretty much like what they got from the slave owners (demorats).

    • Bill Hartman

      Recent polls show that over the last month or so, Trump’s portion of the Black vote has increased from 3% to 12% (some polls say 15%). So actually, it seems to be working. Some Blacks have given up and don’t really “want off of the plantation”. But others want an actual life. The light of freedom is eternal, and can be found even in the breasts of the most broken, enslaved and downtrodden.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    that’s what i say , they are eating better then the working people , they have designer jennes and sneakers , drive cadilacs , and don’t have to do anything for it, they get enough cash to buy there drugs , ,that’s why you have all the drug dealers in black neighbor hoods , but then personaly i don’t care anymore i’m retired , and don’t pay much tax anymore , because i am i poverty level , but i own my own house , so i don’t qualify for any of the goodies, so keep electing democrats and keep suffering , just stay out of my yard or the lead will be flying

    • Rodney Steward

      And they get paid to make babies!!!! How could U forget!:-)

  • joe

    What do they have to lose?
    They could lose:
    their unemployed status (but how many actually WANT to lose that?)
    their poverty
    their sub-standard schools
    Or they can keep on voting that straight Democratic party ticket and remain slaves.

    • Rodney Steward

      And Food Stamps!!

    • John Wirts

      But they can’t let thermselves know that, or that the DEAMONCRAT PARTY IS KKK CENTRAL!

  • Rodney Steward

    The Dems don’t like it when you fool with their property, they made the blacks the way they wanted them to be, and they intend for them to stay that way! Trump just told it like it was, what do they have to lose, BUT, they may not want to work, they really live well, it’s how they choose to live is the thing! Maybe Prez. Johnson was right, we’ll make sure they’re taken care of and we’ll own them for life, worked so far!

    • joe

      That is _NOT_ what Mr. Johnson said

      but it’s close enough!

      They won’t let me post the actual words that he used. If it posts at all, that sentence is full of *))#U%IO##’s

      • Rodney Steward

        Just keeping it simple my friend, and of course PC!! 🙂

    • CharlieSeattle

      LBJ, “I’ll Have Those N*ggers Voting Democratic for the Next 200 Years”

      • Rodney Steward

        No PC here, LOL, that’s the exact words my friend, and it’s working!!

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