CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Donald Trump on Wednesday laid out his "new deal for Black America" to a predominantly white crowd, narrating a bleak and unrealistic picture of black communites and casting himself as the man to fix it.
Trump laid out three foundational principles that would guide his deal with African-American voters: safe communities, great education and higher paying jobs. In order to accomplish these goals, Trump promised more police on the streets, proposed designating "blighted communities" with "disaster designation" in order to spur their rebuilding and swore to stop illegal immigration.
The speech, billed as remarks on urban renewal and inner cities, spoke to the black experience writ large in this country as one where black Americans lack job opportunities and safe communities. As Trump does during most of his appeals to the community, the GOP nominee described inner cities as places where "you walk to the store to buy a loaf of bread, maybe with your child, and you get shot, your child gets shot."
He did not address gun control, nor his commitment to the Second Amendment. And Trump did not mention the ongoing tension between the black community and law enforcement, even after a long pattern of shooting deaths of African-American men and women by police have rocked these communities.
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