JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Donald Trump has recently tried to make the case that African American voters should choose him in November.
However, previous comments he’s made, have some people questioning his intentions.
“I ask for the vote of every African American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future,” said Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
Some say it’s too little too late.
“We’re here to say that as a country our commander in chief has to be far more tolerant than what we’ve heard from the trump campaign so far,” said Representative Bennie Thompson.
Leaders of the African American community stood alongside Representative Bennie Thompson to denounce recent comments made by Donald Trump.
“You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” said Trump.
“It was an insult,” said Rep. Thompson.
Thompson says Trump has not proven to be presidential with respect to diversity.
“We are giving him the chance to set the standard in Jackson, Mississippi this evening if he so chooses but given what he says in the past, I’m not going to hold my breath,” said Rep. Thompson.
Political Science Professor Nathan Shrader says the divide between minorities and Trump began years ago with the birther movement.
“I think to a lot of voters he was having to delegitimize the first African American president that’s what African American voters might remember. So it’s very hard to change a perception that’s baked in,” said Rep. Thompson.
But Shrader says like we’ve already seen, anything could happen in this election.
“We could wake up on November 9th and Donald Trump could be the president elect but I think he’s going to have to do that without a substantial share of minority voters,” said Shrader.