DONALD TRUMP GOES AFTER BLACK AND HISPANIC VOTERS WITH HIGH-STAKES MEETING THURSDAY

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor In Tampa, Florida for DailyMail.com
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been making overt pitches for black and Hispanic support at rallies before mostly white crowds, plans to meet with black and Hispanic activists inside Trump Tower on Thursday.
The activists will be part of a Republican Leadership Initiative, a Republican Party effort to get interns involved in political campaigns to take back the White House, from Trump’s home borough of Queens. 
‘This is part of his Hispanic outreach, and I think he wanted to explain where he is and why he is a benefit to the Hispanic community, Representative Bob Turner, who is helping organize the event, told Yahoo News, who reported on the meeting.
The Trump Tower meeting, which reportedly was originally to take place in Queens, is the latest outreach by Trump, who in speeches going back to last week has been making extended appeals to black voters, telling them they are living in ‘war zones’ with failing schools and asking, ‘What do you have to lose?’ by backing Trump. 
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Republican Donald Trump plans to meet with black and Hispanic activists at Trump Tower on Thursday, his latest in a series of appeals to minority voters in his public speeches
Republican Donald Trump plans to meet with black and Hispanic activists at Trump Tower on Thursday, his latest in a series of appeals to minority voters in his public speeches
‘What do you have to lose?’ Trump asked in Lansing, Michigan last week, about 90 minutes from struggling Detroit. ‘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?’ 
Trump continued on the theme in a speech in Akron Monday. 
‘Our government has totally failed our African American friends, our Hispanic friends and the people of our country. Period,’ Trump said, arguing that Democrats have ‘failed.’
‘Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen. You can go to war zones in countries that we are fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats.’
‘You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot,’ Trump said bluntly. 
‘And I ask you this, I ask you this — crime, all of the problems — to the African Americans – who I employ so many, so many people. To the Hispanics, tremendous people: What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I’ll straighten it out. I’ll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?’
Trump has spoken bluntly to black communities about what he casts as crumbling inner cities, telling them, 'Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot'
Trump has spoken bluntly to black communities about what he casts as crumbling inner cities, telling them, ‘Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot’
Trump will reportedly tour rough Detroit neighborhoods along with supporter Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up there
Trump has made his appeals to minority voters to audiences that are mostly white. Here a protester disrupts a rally in Austin, Texas where Trump spoke Tuesday night
Trump has made his appeals to minority voters to audiences that are mostly white. Here a protester disrupts a rally in Austin, Texas where Trump spoke Tuesday night
Trump's appeals to minority voters have been well received by his crowds
Trump’s appeals to minority voters have been well received by his crowds
The Washington Post reported that Trump is planning upcoming visits to black churches, shops, and schools as part of a new ’empowerment agenda’ he is developing.
 Having compared inner cities to ‘war zones,’ Trump is considering a September visit to Detroit along with supporter and former primary rival Ben Carson, who would tour some of the rough neighborhoods where he grew up.
The trip through Carson’s past could recall how Trump mocked his rival during the primaries for Carson’s inspiration story, told throughout his speeches and writings, that he narrowly survived a stabbing after being saved by his belt buckle.
Trump ridiculed the tale last November. ‘So I have a belt: Somebody hits me with a belt, it’s going in because the belt moves this way. It moves this way, it moves that way,’ Trump told a crowd while examining his own belt. ‘He hit the belt buckle. Anybody have a knife? Want to try it on me? Believe me, it ain’t gonna work. You’re going to be successful, but he took the knife and went like this and he plunged it into the belt and, amazing, the belt stayed totally flat and the knife broke.’
The Post described the appeal as being an effort as being ‘to counter the view of many that he is a ‘racist.”
A New York Times report described internal Trump polling showing voters describing him as ‘unqualified’ and a ‘racist.’ 
Trump’s outreach efforts may be inhibited by some of his past comments. He began his campaign with a call to stop Mexican ‘rapists’ from coming into the country. In the 1970s, he fended off an enforcement action for alleged violations of federal housing anti-discrimination laws. 
After Trump’s comments about a Mexican-American judge overseeing a case against Trump University, rival Hillary Clinton didn’t directly say whether she thought Trump was racist, but responded: ‘Well, I don’t know what’s in his heart,’ before calling it a ‘a racist attack.’
Trump’s move goes alongside other outreach efforts. Trump addressed his tough immigration proposals with host Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday, saying, ‘There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.’
The meeting fills a slot in Thursday’s schedule created by a speech on immigration that was being organized in Denver.
Trump’s black support has been in the low single digits, sometimes hitting 6 per cent as it did in a recent NBC poll, and sometimes going even lower, as when he got just 1 per cent black support in a July Quinnipiac University poll.

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