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Trump predicts landslide support from black voters if he gets to seek a second term as president

Donald Trump courts African American voters on Friday as he campaigns in Michigan. (Getty Images)
Donald Trump courts African American voters on Friday as he campaigns in Michigan. (Getty Images)

In four years, Donald Trump predicts, he’ll get more than 95% of the African American vote. 

The support will come if he is elected president and seeks a second term in 2020, he said Friday, explaining that African Americans will be moved to back him because of the great strides he will have made for inner-city communities.

“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose” by voting for Trump? the candidate asked. “At the end of four years, I guarantee I will get over 95%  of the African American vote.”

The statement – highly unlikely given how poorly Republicans fare among black voters – continues a theme the GOP presidential nominee has pounded this week as he courted African American voters. He said Democrats take black voters for granted and have ignored their needs while governing cities with large African American populations.

“America must reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, who sees communities of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future,” he said of his Democratic opponent.

In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney won 6% of the black vote, according to exit poll data. Trump is seeing single-digit support among African Americans in most polls. In some states, polls Trump logged 0%.

Trump made his remarks while campaigning Friday night in Dimondale, a suburb of Lansing, Mich. The village was 92.7% white and 0.7% African American in the 2010 census.

Trump argued that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s policies on issues such as immigration and refugee resettlement harm African Americans.

Clinton’s campaign railed against Trump, pointing out that the real estate developer was a prime figure in questioning whether President Obama, the nation’s first black president, was born in the country and that he had been sued for housing discrimination.

“Donald Trump asks what the African American community has to lose by voting for him. The answer is everything from a man who questions the citizenship of the first African American President, courts white supremacists, and has been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color,” Marlon Marshall, Clinton’s director of state campaigns and political engagement, said in a statement. "Trump painting the entire community as living in poverty with no jobs continues to show he is completely out of touch with the African American community."

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