Donald Trump has taken flack for painting a bleak picture of African-American life in recent speeches, but his campaign manager argued he is better at appealing to black voters than others in his party.
“Republican presidential nominees usually are not bold enough to go into communities of color and take the case to them and compete for all ears and compete for all votes,” Kellyanne Conway said Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “They’ve been afraid to do that.”
“Mr. Trump deserves credit,” she added.
Host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that Trump has made most of his speeches addressing crime rates and poverty in minority communities from predominantly white towns, including Dimondale, Michigan and West Bend, Wisconsin.
“We hope they’re listening,” Conway said of black voters.
Trump has in recent days accused Hillary Clinton of being a “bigot” and the Democratic Party of pandering to African Americans and Latinos for their votes.
“What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump?” the Republican nominee asked black voters at the Dimondale rally. “You’re living in your 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?”
Trump is currently polling in the single digits among black voters.