1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"I'm thrilled to be here in the heart of Georgia to launch our incredible new nationwide grassroots effort, Blacks, think of this Blacks for Trump, Black Voices for Trump, African-Americans for Trump. Call it whatever the hell you want, right? We like it. What do you prefer? Blacks for Trump or African-Americans for Trump? (crowd chants 'Blacks for Trump...')
Great. Well I want to thank you and and I'll tell you what, we're doing well, we have our best employment numbers and we're going to get into it, but the support we're getting from the African-American community has been overwhelming. And I want to thank each and every one of you for your courage and tenacity and devotion to really what's turning out to be a movement. This was like a movement in 2016, there was a movement of a lot of people. And by the way, you made up a good portion of that movement, you know that."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"For decades, the Democrats have taken African-American voters totally for granted. They have, they didn't do anything for you."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"Democrats threw open America's borders to the deadly drugs and ruthless gangs that are all over the place to mass illegal immigration, which hurts the black community so badly. They pass crime bills that devastated your communities, and Democrats waged a relentless assault on the cherished values that have always defined African American families, you know that. It's amazing that you've stayed so long. To be honest. It almost becomes a habit. Right? It's a habit. Like it's, oh, we vote for a Democrat. Nobody knows why they vote for a Democrat. Look, if they don't do the job, you switch, you gotta switch. And some progress has been made like never before. perhaps, in such a short period of time. But under this administration, all of that has changed and it's changing even faster now. We're undoing the damage inflicted by decades of corrupt Democrat rule and creating a historic tide of new opportunity and prosperity. We've done more for African-Americans in three years than the broken Washington establishment has done in more than 30 years."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"They're disgracing us as a nation. They've dismissed you. They've hurt you and they've sabotaged you for far too long. It's time."
President Donald Trump looked to win over African-American voters Friday as he launched a new "Black Voices for Trump" outreach initiative in Atlanta.
Trump's campaign said the initiative is dedicated to "recruiting and activating Black Americans in support of President Trump," and said much of the effort will focus on highlighting ways that African Americans have benefited from the Trump economy.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters, many wearing "BLACK LIVES MAGA" hats, Trump said the support from the African American community has been "overwhelming."
Trump cited crime problems in the nation's major cities, saying the vast majority of the nation's most dangerous cities are run by Democrats.
He also tried to pit the black community against immigrants, saying Democrats care more for people who have come to the U.S. illegally than African Americans.
He said Democrats "threw open America's borders to the deadly drugs and ruthless gangs" and passed "crime bills that devastated" black communities,
Trump told the crowd, "They've dismissed you. They've hurt you and they've sabotaged you for far too long. It's time."
In 2016, 6% of black voters supported Trump, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of people who participated in its polls and were confirmed to have voted.
There is no indication his support is growing.
Polling shows that African Americans continue to be overwhelmingly negative in their assessments of the president's performance, with his approval hovering around 1 in 10 over the course of his presidency, according to Gallup.
Yet Trump's campaign dismissed the numbers, insisting the campaign has seen favorable movement and arguing the president can increase his margins with black voters by bringing new people into the fold.
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