Donald Trump is continuing his misguided attempt to woo Black voters with a simple question: “What do you have to lose?”
According to many in the African-American community, Blacks have a lot to lose backing the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Trump made his tone-deaf appeal during a rally in Dimondale, Michigan, a town with a population that is 93 percent White. “The Donald” also took time to malign Hillary Clinton: “No group in America has been more harmed by Hillary Clinton’s policies than African-Americans,” he said.
On NewsOne Now, Roland Martin wasted no time challenging Trump surrogate Pastor James Davis, a Board Member of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition, and asked, “Why is it that Donald Trump will not speak in front of largely African-American audiences?”
Davis claimed that If Trump were to speak in front of a predominantly Black audience, he would be entering a “hostile environment,” similar to the environment at the University of Chicago.
Clinton surrogate Zerlina Maxwell, who also serves as her Progressive Media Director, debunked Davis’ claims.
Maxwell told NewsOne Now viewers, “There is a reason why he is refusing to speak in front of African-American audiences and there is a reason why African audiences are at this point hostile to what he (Donald Trump) is saying.
“He is saying he spent a large portion of the eight years of the Obama presidency asking for the first Black president’s birth certificate. Remember he was the leading member of that charge to get President Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.
“Trump came out day one of his presidential campaign insulting Mexicans, calling them rapists. His entire campaign has been demeaning rhetoric and divisive policies.”
She reiterated, “There is a reason why Black people don’t support him. It’s not that we’re hostile to an alternative message, it’s the fact that his rhetoric is divisive and demeaning.
“If he had something to offer Black people – it’s not that we don’t have anything to lose, we have everything to lose and he has nothing to offer.”
Watch Roland Martin, Zerlina Maxwell, and Pastor James Davis discuss Donald Trump’s fundamentally flawed attempt to attract Black voters.
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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