During an uncommon scripted address Tuesday night in Wisconsin, Donald Trump made the case for why African-American voters should cast their ballots for him in November.
The Republican nominee for president, speaking with a teleprompter at a rally in West Bend, vowed to usher in an era of stronger policing, increase officer presence and diminish crime in urban areas. And he had some particularly strong words for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to the African-American community.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he arrives to speak to supporters at a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on August 12, 2016 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Trump continues to campaign for his run for president of the United States. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
"We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes — that's all they care about," Trump said. "Not as individual human beings worthy of a better future. They have taken advantage."
He went on to say the former secretary of state "doesn't care at all" about those hurting in the United States. Trump said the U.S. has endured "tremendous suffering because of what [the Democrats] have brought."
"I wanna offer Americans a new and much better future," Trump said. "It's time for rule by the people, not rule by the special interests, which we have right now."
Earlier in his remarks, the billionaire businessman said Democrats have "just assumed" they will receive the support of the African-American community and have offered "nothing in return for it." He said it's time to offer his political opponents "some competition for these votes."
"It's time to rebuild the inner cities of America and to reject the failed leadership of the rigged political system," Trump charged. "And that's what it is — it's a rigged system. I'm not part of the corrupt system. In fact, the corrupt system is trying to stop me."
Trump's pitch to the African-American community was offered alongside a muscular message in support of police amid increased racial tensions following the officer-related shooting of an armed black man in Milwaukee. He said the "war on our police" must end.
The GOP nominee said the rhetoric used by those who criticize police has made officers' jobs more difficult, which he believes has come at the expense of innocent victims of crime. He said anti-police critics, and Clinton, "share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country."
"The main victims of these riots are law-abiding, African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods," Trump said. "It's their job, it's their homes, it's their schools and communities which will suffer the most as a result. There's no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct for anyone."
Along with his law and order message, Trump also weaved in talking points about immigration and jobs, and how those issues impact the African-American community.
"No community in this country has been hurt more by Hillary Clinton's immigration and all of her policies than the African-American community," Trump remarked. "And she considers them a guaranteed vote. Now she is proposing to print instant work permits for millions of illegal immigrants to come in and take everybody's job, including low income African-Americans."
"Not right, not gonna happen," he added.
Watch a portion of Trump's remarks below:
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