Despite the lack of concern for the Black community, we have to give the Trump campaign credit for trying to gain support from us. President Donald Trump is planning on opening offices in 15 Black communities according to National Public Radio.
President Trump’s re-election campaign has announced this week that it plans on opening 15 community centers in critical battleground states next month to gain support among Black people heading into the 2020 election. “We see the numbers coming up in the polls and the demand on the ground when we do these types of events, so it’s really important that we take this next step and really bring those voters into the party,” Katrina Pierson, a senior Trump campaign adviser tells NPR.
The Trump campaign sees an opportunity to show Black voters that Democrats have taken black voters for granted. According to The Hill, a Trump campaign official said their internal polling sees a rise in the support of President Trump, particularly in the cities where they plan on placing the first wave of community centers. The official states that Trump’s black support in those cities range between 15 to 30 percent.
“The Democratic Party has taken advantage of the black vote for a long time,” the campaign official told The Hill. “They’ve been able to get a high percentage of the vote. We’re able to communicate directly with a lot of these voters and they’re seeing the promises made in the past have not come true. A lot of the people who have promised them things have failed to live up to those promises.”
The plan is to gear the conversation towards criminal justice reform, investments in urban opportunity zones and historically black colleges and also the low unemployment rate for black people as evidence of Trump’s commitment to policies that benefit Black people.
“Last time it was ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’” said Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka and acts as an advisor. “Now you show them what they’ve gained from President Trump and what more they can gain if they get four more years of President Trump.”
“Republicans haven’t even gone in to deliver their message. Now we have a Republican who is actually going to the community to deliver the message and ask for the vote,” said senior campaign adviser Katrina Pierson tells NBC News. “It’s the same concept as being asleep for so long to the truth and now you are awake.”
The first wave of offices will be opened in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami, Fla.; Atlanta; Detroit; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro, N.C.; and Milwaukee.