*Donald Trump took his campaign for the presidency to Wisconsin Tuesday night and made a direct appeal to African American voters for their support….while addressing a room full of white people.
“I’m asking for the vote of every African-American citizen, struggling in our country today, who want a different and much better future,” the GOP presidential candidate said at a stop in Washington County, one of the whitest in the state of Wisconsin, according to the Daily Beast.
“I was confused,” said Nyshi Taylor-Williams, one of a minuscule number of black people at Trump’s rally here who came to get a sense of whether she could support the Republican nominee.
When the crowd began to disperse after Trump spoke for 40 minutes, beginning an hour and a half after his 7:30 scheduled speaking time, she was the only black person in sight.
“It was kinda crazy,” she said. “I’m like, why are you talking about this here, in our county, when you should have been in Milwaukee?”
Trump placed blame on a slew of problems in black communities nationwide—crime, poverty, a failed education system, joblessness—on Democrats. Cities like Milwaukee, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Chicago are run by Democrats, Trump said, and they have failed African-Americans in those places.
Regarding the recent unrest in Milwaukee following the police killing of Sylville Smith, Trump said Hillary Clinton was making things worse by supporting protesters and not police.
“Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society, a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent, share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country,” Trump said to cheers, according to the Daily Beast.
Trump said it was African-Americans within communities that have seen unrest who are most affected by rioting and looting.
“The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods,” Trump said.
But Trump probably won’t get more than 10 black people to vote for him, Taylor-Williams said, echoing the polls that show Trump in fourth place among African-American voters—behind Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.
“You have to think of what people think when they see the phrase ‘Make America Great Again,’” Taylor-Williams said. “[African-Americans] read into the fact that…When you say make America great again, how can we be great when we had however many years of slavery? When has America ever been great for the underrepresented population?”
Read the entire Daily Beast article here.