Reporters on a conference call Tuesday with noted African-American leaders, heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump roundly criticized for demeaning communities of color, including at a stop in Akron on Monday.
From calling Mexicans “rapists” to painting African Americans as lazy to refusing to disavow his white supremacist supporters, leaders on the call, including Ohio Congressman Marcia Fudge, took issue with Donald Trump’s pattern of degrading communities of color.
Organized by Hillary for America, the press call included Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC), Congressman Greg Meeks (NY), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY), Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL), New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Congressman Fudge.
Fudge is one of four Democrats that make up the Ohio House delegation in Washington. Her comments were brief, but she said Trump’s campaign is about nothing. “What do you have to lose?” she asked, plenty. “We have our reproductive rights, religious free and respect of the world, an unfettered right to vote and a living wage. We have an awful lot to lose,” she said. The congressman said she lives, by choice, in a city that’s 90 percent black. It’s not a war zone, she noted, so it’s nothing about what trump is talking about.
Others on the call didn’t hold back in their criticism of the Donald on his outlandish so-called outreach to minority communities. Congressman Butterfield of North Carolina, chairman of the 46-member Congressional Black Caucus that represents 30 million people, said Trump is out of touch with communities of color. He said it’s an “absolute insult” that Trump lectures African-Americans before mostly white audiences. This election, he said, is the most consequential election of our lifetime, so Trump’s remarks must not go unanswered.
Ms. Clarke from New York, said Trump is “clearly becoming unhinged,” adding, he “should only enter the White House as a visitor.” Mr. Meeks, also of New York, said Trump is running a TV show campaign. Trump’s language that implies “we are all poor, uneducated, all unemployed” exists in Trump’s “bigoted and right wind extremist” mind alone.
Congressman Gutierrez said Donald Trump saying what he says is turning in to “a citizenship application engine for our community” that will help protect our interest, “the good old fashioned American way by voting on election day.” He noted that two million more Latinos will vote this year than in 2012, calling them the “mosaic of America.” “We will not let a bigoted, racist man step into the Oval Office,” he said, reminding reporters on the call that “Trump’s wall is a fantasy. He won’t round up anybody but he will rile up everybody.”
Melissa Mark-Viverito from New York City called Trump a menace and danger to the nation. ” I don’t believe for a minute he’s a moderate,” she said.
Donald Trump is scheduled on Wednesday to appear in Jackson, Mississippi, an 80 percent African-American city and capital of the state with the nation’s highest proportion of black residents, the AP reported, noting that it’s “unclear whether he will address black voters directly” since his outreach effort so far has been delivered before white audiences in mostly white cities.
While Hillary Clinton has already spoken to the NAACP’s annual gathering, along with events sponsored by the Urban League and the National Association of Black Journalists, Trump has not. Per the AP, the United States population grows less white with each election cycle, “so to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, the New York billionaire must attract more non-white voters or run up an advantage with white voters to a level no candidate has reached since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide.”
History also shows that President Barack Obama, who Donald Trump has attacked as not being American, won 93 percent of black voters in 2012 and 95 percent in 2008, according to exit polls, the AP said. This year, meanwhile, polls suggest Trump could fare even worse than the Republicans who lost to Obama.