WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) — Can Donald Trump win over black voters? He’s taking heat for his appeal to African-American voters over the weekend.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” said Trump.
Now, one group of African-Americans is coming to the Republican nominee’s defense.
In the past year, George Farrell created BlakPac, a political action committee with a clear goal in mind. “Our first goal is to elect black Republicans, our second goal is to elect Donald Trump,” said Farrell.
“Unfortunately it’s a little condescending, and I can understand him not having the proper messaging,” said Farrell about Trump’s appeal to black voters over the weekend.
It’s an uphill battle. Trump’s support among minority voters in some battleground states is at zero according to a NBC, Marist, WSJ Poll. Some supporters admitting his appeal hasn’t been the best.
“Supposed someone asked to marry you and say what do you have to lose? Marry me, would you take that as a proposal,” said Farrell.
Strategists tell us the message is there. It’s just getting the messenger to deliver.
“His message should be resonate with African-Americans as it is with everybody, he’s talking about trying to level the playing field, trying to bring the jobs back that haven’t been here and trying to give people a better shake,” said Farrell.
“African Americans will benefit more under Donald Trump then they will under Hillary Clinton, but he has to understand he has to message, he has to make the right proposal and we’ve got to see something solid, we have to see something in writing,” said Farrell.
With 77 days to go, is it too late for Trump to win over black voters?
“I don’t believe that it’s too late. I believe that he will win 10-20 percent of black voters but i don’t believe that he’ll win all of them,” said Farrell.
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