DONALD TRUMP TELLS BLACK REPUBLICANS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE PLAYING 'PLANTATION' POLITICS

An enthusiastic black politician who backs Donald Trump congratulated him on Friday for saying the Democratic Party is playing ‘plantation’ politics with inner-city voters, but it’s unclear what the Republican presidential candidate himself said to earn her praise. 
Daphne Goggins, a Republican leader of Philadelphia’s poverty-ridden 16th Ward, seemed to recall a potentially explosive comment from Trump after a mid-afternoon roundtable with black civic, religious and business leaders.
‘What you’re saying about the Democratic plan – that plantation that they want black people on? It’s the truth. I will say it again,’ Goggins told Trump shortly after a group of journalists were allowed in the room for a few minutes.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told DailyMail.com later that Trump hadn’t said anything of the kind, and Goggins ‘may have just been agreeing with something he said another time’ about Democrats taking black voters for granted. 
URBAN 'PLANTATION': A participant of a roundtable meeting between Donald Trump and a group of black civic, religious and business leaders congratulated him afterward for saying Democrats want black voters on 'plantations' 
URBAN ‘PLANTATION’: A participant of a roundtable meeting between Donald Trump and a group of black civic, religious and business leaders congratulated him afterward for saying Democrats want black voters on ‘plantations’ 
NEW BOARDROOM: Trump met with the panel of influential black Republicans in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon
NEW BOARDROOM: Trump met with the panel of influential black Republicans in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon
A print pool reporter from DailyMail.com noted Goggins’ comment, which seemed at the time to refer to something Trump had said earlier behind closed doors.
Pool reporters attend campaign functions in settings too small to allow for larger groups of journalists, taking turns in a set rotation and sharing their observations with other colleagues in the pool.
On Friday the pool, which also included wire service reporters, photographers and a TV crew, was not permitted to attend the entire event. 
Goggins did not respond to emails and phone messages requesting comment.
But she ended the day – and began it – as a Trump booster.
She thanked the Republican presidential nominee for coming as the meeting got underway, and wept openly as she spoke.
‘For the first time in my life I feel like my vote is going to count,’ Goggins said through tears.
Trump lags far behind Democrat Hillary Clinton with black voters, scoring no higher than 15 per cent – and as low as 1 per cent – in national polls that break down participation by race.
Mitt Romney had the support of just 6 per cent of blacks in the 2012 election, which President Barack Obama, America’s first black leader, won easily.
But Trump is making an appeal for a 180-degree turnaround.
UNREST: Protesters battled outside the People to People charter school whose penthouse banquet space was the setting for the Trump get-together
UNREST: Protesters battled outside the People to People charter school whose penthouse banquet space was the setting for the Trump get-together
‘You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed,’ Trump said two weeks ago in Michigan.
‘What the hell do you have to lose?’
Conservatives see the GOP as the party of Abraham Lincoln, and regard Democrats as an opportunistic party that take blacks for granted while it delivers negligible results for the poorest among them.
Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary ‘Hillary’s America’ makes the argument that crumbling inner cities are the new slave plantations, with impoverished black families dependent on a Democratic Party that uses them as power-pawns and trickles out government benefits to keep them in their place.
‘This plantation analogy is actually much stronger than people think,’ D’Souza told DailyMail.com on Friday.
‘The same nihilism and despair that we saw on the old plantation, we also see in the new ones,’ D’Souza added.
‘The Democrats ran the old slave plantation, and all they cared about was one thing – the labor of the slaves,’ he said. ‘They gave them a basic provision of life, but the slaves obviously never got ahead.’
‘Compare this to the urban plantations that Democrats have created now. All they care about is votes. They want to get the monopoly votes of people, but they don’t care about their welfare.’
BLIGHT: Philadelphia's high-poverty neighborhoods are overrun with drugs and crime
BLIGHT: Philadelphia’s high-poverty neighborhoods are overrun with drugs and crime
NEXT UP: Trump will see Detroit's depressed areas firsthand on Saturday
NEXT UP: Trump will see Detroit’s depressed areas firsthand on Saturday
COMPARISON: 'This plantation analogy is actually much stronger than people think,' filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said, calling urban centers the new Democratic plantations
COMPARISON: ‘This plantation analogy is actually much stronger than people think,’ filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza said, calling urban centers the new Democratic plantations
Trump is expected to speak to a black church congregation Saturday in Detroit before touring the city with supporter and Motor City native Dr. Ben Carson.
His willingness to talk directly to minority voters may force the taboo issue into the political spotlight. Hand-picked participants of his Friday event seemed to share his vision.
‘People say, Mr. Trump, that you have no African-American support. We want you to know that you do. Alright? You have a lot of support,’ said Renee Amoore, a onetime chairwoman of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s advisory committee on African American Affairs.
‘We want you to know that Pennsylvania has your back, and Philly in particular. You are the man!’ she said.
‘We appreciate you and what you’ve done, coming to “the hood,” as people call it. That’s a big deal. Let’s be clear here, folks.’
THE SIX PER CENT MAN: Mitt Romney attracted votes from just 6 per cent of black Americans in 2012,and Trump hopes to do far better in November
THE SIX PER CENT MAN: Mitt Romney attracted votes from just 6 per cent of black Americans in 2012,and Trump hopes to do far better in November
Rev. Dr. Deborah Williams, one of two black Republican congressional candidates schdeuled to participate in Friday’s event, told Trump she was ‘very excited that you’re here.’
‘And I hope people will understand and really think about what is at stake.’
Linwood Holland, the city GOP’s 35th Ward leader, greeted the billionaire nominee as though the election were already over.
‘I want to thank you, President Trump, for coming to Philadelphia,’ he said.
‘I got you support from all my community people, and all the people here in the African-American community,’ Holland added.

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