AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Black Republicans generally praise Donald Trump’s newfound outreach for African-American votes that typically go to a Democratic presidential nominee.
But they say Trump shouldn’t just make the appeal at his rallies, which have nearly all-white audiences and often are held in majority white communities. Instead, they say Trump must go to the inner cities he’s started mentioning in his campaign speeches.
Meanwhile, many other black voters say the New York billionaire’s outreach is misguided or even offensive, and they say they still plan to back Democrat Hillary Clinton.
They point to Trump’s generalizations about the black community. Trump says blacks have nothing to lose in supporting him, arguing that Democratic policies saddle black Americans with bad schools, crime-ridden streets and no economic opportunities.