Trump unveiled a plan aimed at Black Americans on Friday expanding upon the existing economic-related initiatives.
- prosecuting the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations
- making Juneteenth a federal holiday
- bolstering Black economic prosperity
At an Atlanta event announcing his the Black Economic Empowerment “Platinum Plan,” Trump tried to contrast his plan for the African American community and Joe Biden‘s. He argued that the former vice president “inflicted” damage on the Black community over the last 47 years he’s spent working in Washington.
Trump garnered just 8% of the Black electorate in 2016. A recent poll shows Biden leading Trump with Black voters by a 75-point margin.
“They only care about power for themselves, whatever that means. My opponent is offering Black Americans nothing but the same old, tired, empty slogans.”
But Trump has different messages on race when playing to other audiences at his rallies. He has,
- defended Confederate symbols
- said that the Black Lives Matter movement is part of a “mob rule” that is “destroying many Black lives.”
- called the Black Lives Matter movement a “symbol of hate,” days after retweeting and then deleting a video that included a Florida supporter shouting “White power.”
A Monmouth University poll released earlier this month found that 82% of Black respondents said Trump’s handling of the protests made the situation worse.