Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to African American voters, saying “What have you got to lose?”
He promised to “make” for African Americans where Democrats had failed.
“If you keep voting for the exact same folks, you may keep getting exactly the same result,” he said.
He said his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, “would rather provide employment into a refugee” than to jobless black youths, “who have become refugees inside their own country”.
Mrs Clinton called Mr Trump’s remarks “so ignorant it’s staggering”.
Mr Trump also predicted he’d receive 95% of the African-American vote if he went to on to run for a second term in 2020.
President Barack Obama the most famous president among African-Americans in US history, received 93% of the black vote in 2012.
Mr Trump has suffered from depressing support among African-Americans.
Present polls show about 2% of black voters say they will vote for the Nyc real estate developer.
The Trump campaign relationship with the black voters thus far can be referred to as rocky at best.
The billionaire businessman has found strong support.
Mr Trump came under heavy criticism after he took to distance himself from a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who supported him.
On several occasions, African-American protesters have been assaulted by Trump supporters at rallies. A New
York Times investigation found supporters often use language that was racist .
The Friday address was the third time this week that Mr Trump sought to appeal to African American voters.
Some analysts say Mr Trump, trailing badly in national surveys for weeks, urgently has to widen his appeal beyond his base of white working-class voters
In courting these voters yet, many commentators on Twitter were perplexed by the strategy of Mr Trump.
“This is Trump’s SALES PITCH to black voters, ostensibly.
“Trump’s ‘Black outreach’ so tone-deaf & condescending, his ‘Hispanic outreach’, (eating a taco bowl), unexpectedly not that awful & ignorant.”
Before on Friday, Mr Trump declared that a veteran political operative who led his campaign for the previous three months, Paul Manafort, had stepped down.
Mr Trump promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager and hired conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his campaign’s CEO.