Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump said he believes black voters will “love” him and said the nation’s first black president has done nothing for them.
“I think I am going to do great with the African American minority,” Trump said. “You know if you look at minorities, the African American poll came out. I was at 25%. No republican has been above seven or eight percent. I am going to do great with African Americans. I think i am going to do great with the Hispanics. I think I am going to do great with the Asians.”
Trump is in fact polling particularly high among black voters than a Republican candidate traditional performs. In 2004, former President George W. Bush increased his share of the black vote from 7% to a little over 13%, a significant shift that helped carry the ever-important battleground state of Ohio. Bush also pulled in nearly 20% of the black vote in Pennsylvania and performed higher-than-expected in other Rust Belt states, which almost deprived John Kerry of Electoral Votes Democrats consider safely in their column.
“Look at what happened, as an example, with African American youth. Fifty-four percent, 58% — they don’t even know it’s so high,” Trump said of the unemployment rate among young black Americans. “They can’t get jobs. Look at African-American people in their prime – 30s and 40s and 50s – look at their unemployment rate. They want jobs. They are going to like me better than they like Obama. The truth is Obama has done nothing for them.”