Donald Trump has set Twitter on fire with his words to African-Americans after Trump’s surprise visit to Baton Rouge on Friday, as reported by the Inquisitr. That trip by Trump featured men getting off the Trump plane with big guns prior to Trump emerging. When that pit-stop to the flood-ravaged region was done, Trump went to Dimondale, Michigan, on Friday, August 19.
Donald Trump In Baton Rouge: Guys With Guns Step Off Trump Plane Before Trump ‘Photo Op’ [Video] https://t.co/3wD5bvZVIr— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) August 19, 2016
As reported by New York Magazine, Trump spoke quite a bit to the African-American segment, even though Dimondale is 93 percent white, as noted by NPR journalist Domenico Montanaro in the following tweet.
As Trump talks about African American communities in Dimondale, MI, Dimondale is 93% white. https://t.co/cQTJLVeq3M— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) August 19, 2016
Trump pulled out his own statistics based on his beliefs, with Trump claiming that he will get more than 95 percent of the African-American vote after President Trump has become a reality after four years.
“At the end of four years, I guarantee you I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote.”
With such hyperbole coming from Trump’s claim that he’ll nearly get the entire African-American vote by 2020, Trump’s prediction is especially being met with a big “side-eye” from social media.
Trump says he'll get 95% of the African American in 4 years , except that same 95% is making sure that doesn't happen this year— Everything Media (@Dr_Media) August 19, 2016
Not only did Trump guarantee he’ll score more than 95 percent of the African-American vote, but Trump also went on to bandy about unemployment rates that Trump attributed to African-American youth — numbers that are being refuted in the wake of Trump’s African-American-focused speech.
Trump wasn’t done with his shocking words to African-Americans. Trump went on to call the schools African-Americans attend “no good” and tell African-Americans that they have no jobs. Trump claimed that 58 percent of African-American youths are unemployed — and bragged about his ability to produce for African-Americans. Backlash against Trump’s claim of 58 percent unemployment for African-Americans is already appearing, such as in the above tweet which notes a PolitiFact article refuting Trump’s high numbers.
“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?
“I will produce. I will produce the inner cities and I will produce for the African-Americans. And the Democrats will not produce. All they’ve done is taken advantage of your vote…If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result.”
As expected, Trump’s words to African-Americans brought quite the response from African-Americans and non-African-Americans online.
A search for some of the Twitter feedback regarding Trump’s words to African-Americans brings a myriad of responses, including GIFs, outrage, and more. Certain people are calling Trump’s words to African-Americans condescending and flat-out false.
Trump's attempt at "outreach" to African-Americans is horrifically condescending & prejudiced. https://t.co/SEKLub0Otk— Matthew Raskob (@MatthewRaskob) August 19, 2016
Many people are pointing to stats from CNN, as seen below, which claimed Trump only had about 1 percent of the African-American vote. Therefore, for Trump to predict that in four short years he could score more than 95 percent of the African-American vote, his words are ripe for social media backlash.
A few more reactions on social media to Trump’s words to African-Americans can be read below.
“Donald Trump keeps insulting people every time he speak. And he wonders why he only has one percent of the African-American voters.”
“Donald Trump addresses the African-American community like we are broke, busted, and disgusted and he is our only hope to a better life…lies.”
Trump can be seen in the above photo helping to unload supplies in Louisiana on Friday, prior to Trump’s famous speech attempting to appeal to African-Americans.
[Photo by Gerald Herbert/AP Images]